Get ready, movie fans. Several more Warner Bros. films will debut simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.
Warner Bros. announced the new dual-debut model, starting with Wonder Woman 1984, which will premiere on December 25th in theaters and on HBO Max. In advance of the film's premiere, Warner Bros. is betting on success and has now expanded the model to its entire 2021 lineup.
Now, fans who subscribe to the streaming service will be able to watch several delayed films from the comfort and safety of their own homes, due to the worsening pandemic. Among the most highly-anticipated WB films are The Matrix 4, the Dune remake starring Timothee Chalamet, Lin-Manuel Miranda's new musical In the Heights, The Suicide Squad, and the new Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark.
Each will be available on the streaming platform for 31 days, after which it will move to the traditional VOD in-home rental model. At this time, it is unknown if the titles will return to the streaming library.
This surprising move from Warner Bros. seems to be a clever move to attract new subscribers to the streaming platform as it continues to compete against its rivals, Netflix and Disney+, as well as recoup some of their investment costs in these big-budget, tentpole films.
What do you think of the move to premiere these films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max? If theaters are open near you when the films open, will you go, or stream at home instead? Share your thoughts in the comments below.