If by some chance you want to watch Wonder Woman, Justice League or the original Batman film cycle on HBO Max, you have less than a month to do it.
As various sites, including Deadline, reported on Wednesday, much of the initial content in the DC hub on HBO Max will cycle out at the beginning of July. The list of features leaving the service include Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Catwoman, Jonah Hex and The Losers.
Yeah, we know a few clunkers are in that list, but they represent a large collection one would expect to be in the DC hub in perpetuity.
All will eventually return, of course, as WarnerMedia cycles content across its streaming services, cable and broadcast assets, and even competing services to generate as much revenue as possible from archival material. Unlike the stable lineup on Disney+, HBO Max contends with existing distribution and partnership deals inherited from the time before AT&T bought the Warner Bros. corporation and renamed it WarnerMedia.
This is also why corporate support for DC Universe, a streaming platform which predates the HBO Max initiative, seems so scattershot and why the availability of feature films like Superman and Batman changes every few months.
Once July comes, Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, Green Lantern and Supergirl will remain available, but it possible they will also cycle out at some later date as new material comes in and WarnerMedia honors various contracts. Also, expect content outside of the DC hub to also cycle in a similar fashion for at least the next three years.
Well, provided HBO Max actually stays a priority in the top tier corporate offices at that time, of course.