We thought Wonder Woman 1984 was the one-time exception, but now we find out it’s the roll-out rule. In an unexpected move, Warner Bros announced that it is releasing it’s 2021 film slate on HBO Max, the same day the films debut in theaters.
Why? Due to the fact that, because of the virus, theaters probably won’t be 100% back for quite a while. Even though vaccines are being approved/distributed, it’ll be months before EVERYBODY can get vaccinated, and herd immunity achieved.
So until then, this is how it’s going to play out. New films will premiere on HBO Max, and open in the theaters that are available. Then after 30 days, they will be taken off HBO Max and continue exclusively in theaters.
Some of the major films that fall under those plans are DUNE, THE MATRIX 4, THE SUICIDE SQUAD, GODZILLA vs KONG, MORTAL KOMBAT, TOM & JERRY, etc…. So maybe now’s the time to consider signing up for HBO Max…