Because you demanded it, HBO Max delivers.
The new streaming serviced announced Thursday that it has extended the availability of certain DC films originally set to disappear at the end of the month or later in the summer. The list includes the following films:
- 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
- Wonder Woman, 2017
Additionally, the 2013 animated film Superman: Unbound and the 2009 Watchmen feature film will join the lineup on July 1st. All of these films will remain on the service through December 2020.
At the moment, it appears Shazam! and Aquaman may still leave the service due to other preexisting streaming agreements, but this will no doubt be clarified when their engagement on HBO’s cable service nears its ends. As previously reported, HBO Max is at the mercy of deals made by Warner Bros. before it merged with AT&T and became WarnerMedia. This is why the Harry Potter films were not expected to be part of the starting lineup — WarnerMedia reportedly paid half of Gringotts to get them — and why the films in the list above were set to leave the service next week.
Despite every media silo attempting to start their own platforms, cross-licensing will still occur as every company attempts to maximize revenue from their various products. You can see this at work on Netflix, which still hosts Disney, Warner, and Universal content.
But for those with HBO Max subscriptions — and a device with the app — the extra time with these DC films will be appreciated.