HBO Max might have seemed like a good idea, but the new streaming platform has hit some roadblocks since it launched in late May. And now, some major movies are leaving the site and it’ll upset fans of DC.
A big selling point of HBO Max was every live-action DC movie
HBO Max was an extension of HBO’s previous layout. In addition to customers of HBO and its subsequent apps like HBO Go and HBO Now, HBO Max would include even more classic series and a massive library of movie listings. As NBC News said, it might have been more appropriate to name the streaming site “WarnerMedia+” because the parent company of HBO is Warner Bros. And a majority of the new content was coming to HBO Max because it was Warner Bros. content.
In that content from Warner Bros. was all of its DC movies. In October, the HBO Max official Twitter account announced that “all live-action DC films of the last decade will be available on HBO Max within the first year of launch.” It wrote that that included “every Superman and Batman movie from the last 40 years.”
Now, they did say “within the first year,” however upon launch there was no standalone Superman movie available. But a lot of the Batman films were delivered, so that was a plus. Not to mention, the Snyder Cut of Justice League is being released on the platform in 2021.
Now, a majority of DC movies, including most of the live-action ones, are leaving in July
However, despite that selling point and the DC content that is currently on the site, HBO Max is now getting rid of a lot of its DC live-action movies.
According to ComicBook.com, they got confirmation that several DC Extended Universe movies are leaving. This includes Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. Also, all four Batman movies are leaving as well as Catwoman, Jonah Hex, and Steel.
And outside of live-action DC movies, The LEGO Batman Movie is going too. On HBO Max, if you select any of these movies, it’ll state that they’re only available until July 1, a little over a month after the site’s launch. ComicBook.com notes that it’ll be on a rotational basis, meaning these films will come back eventually, but it hasn’t been revealed when.
Some titles are staying, however not a lot
There are still going to be some DC movies on the platform. For instance, Aquaman, Shazam!, Green Lantern, and Supergirl from 1984 are staying. Series like Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, and Batman: The Killing Joke will continue on HBO Max as well.
“We have a collection of DC films that will rotate on the platform. We have a new batch coming in July and then another batch coming in August,” an HBO Max spokesperson told ComicBook.com. Again, they didn’t reveal what’s rotating in and out or when the movies they’re taking away will come back.
Even with the claim that these will rotate in and out, it’s definitely a weird move with its launch still so recent. Warner Bros. also has the DC Universe streaming app and site with exclusive shows like Harley Quinn and Titans along with other HBO content like Watchmen. But all of those DC EU movies aren’t there.