Bad news for HBO Max users. Justice League and other DC movies are already leaving the platform.
Rhea Srivastava -
One of the big USPs that WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max, marketed their launch with last month was the massive catalogue of movies that users would get access to. Much to comic book fans’ delight, this catalogue included a massive collection of live-action DC movies which headlined the website when it came out. The joy seems to be short-lived though, as nearly all of these movies will be leaving the service in a few weeks.
That’s right. Films like Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Catwoman, Jonah Hex and The Losers are currently in a ‘last chance’ category on HBO Max which shows titles that are only available till July 1st, 2020. Post that date, these titles (and some other like the animated The LEGO Batman Movie) will no longer be available.
The ‘Last Chance’ catalogue includes all films that also end their circulation on HBO, and just as they leave the channel, they leave the streaming service, HBO Max, simultaneously. This comes as a confusing development from the service as DC movies are all owned by WarnerMedia (DC Films is a subsidiary of Warner Bros., the parent company of the media conglomerate). There is light at the end of the tunnel though, as being owned by WarnerMedia, the likelihood of the films returning to HBO Max in the future is also high. But we can understand if this would frustrate users. Most of the DC movies have been in separate streaming agreements so far, but one would think that many users signed up to HBO Max assuming that the entire universe of films would be available at one place at the click of a button. Just a month in, and there will barely be any DC film to watch on the service.
No official statement has been provided from the representatives of HBO Max so far. The good thing is that we still have Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, Green Lantern and Supergirl to enjoy. But that’s still a disappointing development considering what we could have had.