HBO Max is alternating their collection of DC films, but the streaming service gave several titles an extended run thanks to popular demand.
HBO Max has extended the availability for several of its DC movies previously set to leave next week. Earlier this month, it was reported the WarnerMedia subscription service would be rotating out roughly half of its DC collection come July 1. This seemed like an odd move considering HBO Max was only a couple of weeks out from its May 27 launch at that point, and the fact that its host of DC titles was a major selling point. In fact, with the announcement Justice League‘s long-awaited Snyder Cut was finally to be revealed on the subscription service’s platform, HBO Max seemed to be establishing itself as the new home for DC Entertainment.
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The list of movies initially set to be axed included titles such as The Losers and Batman & Robin. Several other DC titles are lined up for the chopping block as well, such as Jonah Hex and Steel. Still more titles like Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Catwoman, and The LEGO Batman Movie didn’t get an extended run either, but there’s a long list of DC movies that did catch a second wind.
Thanks to the outpouring of feedback from DC fans, HBO Max issued a press release noting the extended availability of Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League (2017), which were all originally set to leave July 1. A slew of Superman titles will also stay on the service, including Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987). Meanwhile, the Watchmen movie and Superman: Unbound (2013) will join the service on July 1. The availability of all these titles, including the two arriving next month, has been extended through December 2020.
While many titles are still disappearing at the end of the month, there are a plethora of DC titles coming to HBO Max in July to fill the void. Along with Superman, several additions will be made to the Batman and Justice League franchises as well. Warner Media will also be flushing out the Green Lantern series with Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Green Lantern: First Flight. The media company plans to keep this rotational pattern up on HBO Max, circulating through the vast number of DC titles to keep an ever-changing selection on hand. This is a good strategy, as it will leave fans wanting more. However, it also seems the new streaming service is willing to make adjustments based on what viewers want to watch.
The Release The Snyder Cut movement directly influencing the release of Zack Snyder’s fabled Justice League director’s cut proves the DC fan base is powerfully effective. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that Warner delivered when DC fans demanded more. With the constant rotation of titles, however, fans will need to keep an eye on HBO Max‘s “Last Chance” list, so they don’t miss any DC movies or shows departing the service.
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Key Release Dates
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)Release date: Oct 02, 2020
- The Suicide Squad (2021)Release date: Aug 06, 2021
- The Batman (2021)Release date: Oct 21, 2021
- Black Adam (2021)Release date: Dec 22, 2021
- DC Super Pets (2022)Release date: May 20, 2022
- The Flash (2022)Release date: Jun 03, 2022
- Shazam 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 04, 2022
- Aquaman 2 (2022)Release date: Dec 16, 2022
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