HBO Max Boosts Its DCU TV Side, But Why's Justice League Leaving?

For those who haven't been living under a broadcast network or cable rock for the past several years, you know that streaming services often rotate their programming content every month. Some shows and films stop by and stay for a spell, while other shows and films shuffle off to other services (at least for a little while). Such is the case with newbie streamer HBO Max, which is set to say goodbye to a number of DC films as of July 1. The titles taking off for The Fourth of July weekend are 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.

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A look at Justice League (Image: WarnerMedia)

But that doesn't mean they won't be back, and films such as Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, Green Lantern, and Supergirl will still be available. This summer will also see more DC Comics film content making its way onto the streaming service in July and August, and let's not forget the upcoming DC Comics-related television content that's on the way (Doom Patrol season 2 being the first that comes to mind, as well as Greg Berlanti's Green Lantern and Strange Adventures and J.J. Abrams' Justice League Dark). Still, with all of the DC Universe buzz created by news of Justice League director Zack Snyder completing his "Snyder Cut" of the film for 2021 (hopefully as a limited series), many fans are wondering why WarnerMedia didn't lock in their own titles as part of the streamer's permanent library prior to its late May launch. While it's doubtful that HBO Max will suffer any long-term damage from the move, social media couldn't resist getting into another round of "DC vs. Marvel" (except on a corporate level) by playing a few rounds of the "comparison game" with Disney+. But we'll leave it to the following animation editor, who tweeted probably the best summary of this entire thing:

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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