DC FILMS THINKS OF NEW PLANS FOR ITS FILMS: WILL THEY PREMIERE DIRECTLY ON HBO MAX?
Two superhero movies a year on HBO Max?
Warner does not rule out bringing certain films directly to the platform
For major release films, they plan to release them in theaters
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ may not be the last DC movie to premiere simultaneously on the streaming platform and in theaters. In a recent New York Times article, DC Films president Walter Hamada spoke about the franchise’s future plans and revealed that they would like to release more superhero films, initially two per year, exclusively on HBO Max.
In the article, it is described that DC Films has big plans for the future of its superhero movie roster. For higher-budget DC movies, Hamada said they are looking to release up to four a year in theaters starting in 2022, while additional superhero movies, specifically two a year, would go exclusively to HBO Max. Of the films that would be directed to the streaming service, the article explained that it would be “riskier” characters, such as Batgirl and Static Shock, who would go to the platform instead of the big screen. All of this would add to the development of additional TV series for HBO Max as well. ” With every movie, we’re watching now, we think, ‘What is the potential stemming from Max? ‘” Hamada said.
It is not clear at the moment if finally ‘Batgirl’ and ‘Static Shock’ are officially scheduled to premiere directly on HBO Max, there is nothing official for now. What we do know is that a solo movie about ‘Batgirl’ has been in the works for several years, initially with Joss Whedon in charge of writing and directing the project. He left the project months later with ‘Birds of Prey’ Writer Christina Hodson, in charge of the ‘Batgirl’ text since 2018. The film Static Shock was recently announced to be in the works with Michael B. Jordan lined up to produce the project, so there aren’t many details available on that movie as of yet.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see which movies end up being released directly to HBO Max. The entire movie-watching landscape has changed dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is what led to the hybrid premiere of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. Therefore, it is not surprising that this route is considered for superhero films. We will have to be attentive to how the sector changes with this new situation, and how subscribers to streaming platforms are increasing.