In some encouraging news, it appears that WarnerMedia realized yanking some of your most popular and exclusive content off a streaming platform one (1) month after launch is a bad idea. HBO Max revealed today that a number of live-action DC movies would remain on the streaming service through December 2020, shortly after announcing they’d be leaving on July 1.
From a statement: “By popular demand, HBO Max has extended the availability of the following titles through December 2020:
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2016
Justice League, 2017
Suicide Squad, 2016
Superman: The Movie, 1978
Superman II, 1980
Superman III, 1983
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, 1987
Superman: Unbound, 2013*
Watchmen (Movie), 2009*
Wonder Woman, 2017″
*Available starting July 1, 2020 on HBO Max.”
Based on the statement, it appears that Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Catwoman, Jonah Hex, and The Losers will still be departing the platform on July 1.
Between HBO Max not being available on Roku and the general confusion over the difference between Max, Go, and Now, the new service has enjoyed a bit of a bumpy roll-out. Its selection of DC Comics movies is one of HBO Max’s biggest draws, which is why it was so baffling that WarnerMedia wiping so many of them after a month. At the time, this was the only explanation: “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.”
Of course, a lot of this just feels like wheel-spinning until Zack Snyder’s Justice League—arguably the biggest selling point of the app for everyone who isn’t interested in a Wonder Woman/47 Ronin double-feature—arrives in 2021. Just prior to launch, WarnerMedia announced that Snyder’s fabled cut of the film would make its long-awaited debut on HBO Max. Until then, you still have a full six months to catch up on the much-maligned Joss Whedon cut.
More on HBO Max’s rotating slate of DC Comics movies as it develops. For more on HBO Max, here are the best movies you can stream right now.