WB: Killing Theaters Slowly

Warner Bros. has announced their 2021 slate of films will be going straight to HBO MAX the same day they hit theaters


On Thursday Warner Bros. has announced their 2021 slate of films will be going straight to HBO MAX the same day they hit theaters, this includes Dune, Matrix 4, Mortal Kombat, Godzilla vs Kong, The Suicide Squad, Tom & Jerry, and more to follow. Also to add more wood on the fire HBO MAX subscribers won't have to pay extra to watch the movies just as Disney+ members had to pay extra for Mulan.


WarnerMedia Studios Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff had this to say:

We’re living in unprecedented times that call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.

Lights out for Theatres

Overall this is depressing because now it has become convenient to watch films without leaving the comfort of home and having that significant, meaningful experience with your peers is basically gone. Especially since being at home, there are so many distractions from social media itself can prevent you from being attentive to the film missing out on captivating moments.

Win-win for film lovers and exhibitors” which as I am looking into this and the thought occurred to me if the films release the same day as they would on HBO MAX why would the average consumer want to go to the theaters especially during this pandemic when the capacity is so limited? Not only that it’s for free for HBO MAX subscribers. The best four-letter word in the English language next to taco. F-R-E-E. This seems more like a win-win for the consumer honestly. Having the luxury of not spending a dime for tickets and the outrageous price for popcorn while being in the comfort of home with your family and friends if you want to have a huge watch party."

Overall this is depressing because now it has become convenient to watch films without leaving the comfort of home and having that significant, meaningful experience with your peers is basically gone. Especially since being at home, there are so many distractions from social media itself can prevent you from being attentive to the film missing out on captivating moments.


But we shall see down the road if this will help the remaining theaters stay afloat or cause them to come to extinction.


Here are the release dates of the upcoming films keep in mind these can still shift:

  • The Little Things - January 29, 2021

  • Tom & Jerry - March 5, 2021

  • The Many Saints of Newark - March 12, 2021

  • Reminiscence - April 16, 2021

  • Godzilla vs. Kong - May 21, 2021

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - June 4, 2021

  • In The Heights - June 18, 2021

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy - July 16, 2021

  • The Suicide Squad - August 6, 2021

  • Dune - October 1, 2021

  • King Richard - November 19, 2021

  • Matrix 4 - December 22, 2021

  • Cry Macho - TBD

  • Malignant - TBD

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead - TBD

  • Mortal Kombat - TBD

  • Judas and the Black Messiah - TBD

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