How ScarJo’s Black Widow Lawsuit Changed Disney (& Hollywood)
Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit with Disney over the streaming release of Black Widow could have a big impact on Disney and the rest of Hollywood.
Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over the streaming release of Black Widow on Disney+ Premiere Access could have a big impact on the industry. Thanks to the global pandemic, studios started releasing movies on streaming alongside their theatrical releases, a move that didn’t please many of the actors and directors involved, leading to Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over an alleged loss in box office residuals due to Black Widow being available on Disney+ at the same time as it was in theaters. Johansson wasn’t the only one with harsh words for her studio, as Warner Bros. also got major backlash from its actors and directors after the announcement that every 2021 theatrical release from WB would also be released on HBO Max. The difference is Warner Bros. avoided any lawsuits like Johansson’s Black Widow suit by engaging the creatives involved to renegotiate the way they’d get paid since there would likely be a box office impact. The timing of Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit against Disney is important, as it happened during a much larger industry shift towards streaming, where actors and directors have been treated a little differently. The actor and studio reached a settlement instead of going to court, but the lawsuit could still set a major precedent for talent relationships with big studios in the streaming era.