HBO Max faces more backlash this week, this time from comic book fans who have learned that much of its DC Comic movies will be removed from the platform soon after its launch.
The big draw to sign up for the TimeWarner streaming service, which launched on May 27, was that users can watch all of the movies and shows from the HBO and Warner Brothers catalogs in one place. The Warner Brothers catalog includes a long list of superhero franchises that include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, much of which was used to promote the platform.
However, it was confirmed on Tuesday that HBO Max was releasing a wide selection of its superhero films on July 1, less than two months since launch. These films 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 “.
As on other platforms, such as Netflix, there will be a rotation of the DC Comics library where other movies will be uploaded to the streaming service throughout the year and only the beloved blockbuster movies will be removed will come back eventually.
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Fans took advantage of social media to express their outrage, many comparing the streaming service to Disney +.
“If I sign up for your catalog, I want your catalog. Disney + doesn’t run the Star Wars franchise or the Marvel movies, so what makes @hbomax? Film producer Marc Hofstatter tweeted.
“I don’t understand why HBO Max does this. WarnerMedia owns all of these films, so why are they being removed? Asked Twitter user Animated Antic. “Disney + was smart about keeping them all their movies all year round. If HBO Max loses subscribers because of this, I wouldn’t be surprised. ”
“Would anyone have taken Disney + seriously if they had taken out a number of Marvel movies after a little over a month, but with the promise of spinning them back? I don’t think so, ”also tweeted another user.
“It’s so stupid,” said animation editor Melissa Bailey.
Fox News contacted HBO Max for comment.
On Tuesday, HBO Max sparked anger on Tuesday after removing the iconic Oscar-winning film “Gone With the Wind” from its library for its depiction of blacks during the Civil War. However, HBO Max clarified that each time the film returns to the platform, it will have a “historical context”.
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“Gone with the Wind” is a product of its time and portrays some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have unfortunately been common in American society, “the statement said. “These racist depictions were wrong at the time and they are wrong today, and we believed that maintaining this title without explaining and denouncing these representations would be irresponsible,” said a spokesperson for HBO Max.
“These performances are certainly contrary to the values of WarnerMedia, so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denunciation of these same representations but will be presented as it was created in origin because otherwise would amount to asserting that these prejudices never existed. If we are to create a fairer, more equitable and inclusive future, we must first recognize and undermine our history. ”
The film won eight Oscars, including one for best film, and made history when Hattie McDaniel became the first black American to win an Oscar for her performance.
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Paramount Network recently announced the cancellation of the long-running “Cops” series four days after the network removed it from its schedule. “Live P.D.” was also canceled by A&E Network.
HBO Max also raised an eyebrow when it was announced that “Looney Tunes” characters like Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam would have no weapons in restarting the streaming service.