Comic book fans are furious upon learning HBO Max is pulling out DC Comic films from its library.
Fox News reported that the channel is facing another backlash after it was confirmed on Tuesday that HBO Max was pulling a long list of its superhero films on July 1, almost two months since its launch on May 27. Among these films 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.”
Initially, most users signed up for the streaming service, which promised to allow them to view any show and film from both the HBO and the Warner Brothers catalogs in one platform. Among the Warner Brothers catalog are superhero franchises like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, which were highly used to promote the TimeWarner platform.
Like Netflix and other platforms, films will be scheduled throughout the year, and other films will be uploaded on the streaming service in turn of the DC Comics library. Blockbuster films that were removed will eventually return to the platform.
However, dismayed fans expressed their outrage to social media while many of them compare HBO Max to Disney+.
Film producer Marc Hofstatter tweeted: “If I’m signing up for your catalog, I want your catalog. Disney+ isn’t rotating the Star Wars franchise or the Marvel movies, so what gives @hbomax?”
Another Twitter user asked why HBO Max is pulling out the comic films if WarnerMedia owns all of them. “Disney+ was smart to keep them up all their films all year round. If HBO Max loses subscribers cause of this, I wouldn’t be surprised,” Animated Antic added.
“Would anyone have taken Disney+ seriously if they pulled a number of Marvel films off after just a little over a month, but with a promise to bring them back in the rotation? I don’t think so,” another user similarly tweeted.
The network is yet to comment on the matter.
On Tuesday, June 9, HBO Max drew ire after it pulled out from its library the Oscar-winning film “Gone with the Wind” because of its depiction of black people during the Civil War era. However, HBO Max defended its decision and said the film will have a “historical context” once it returns to the platform.
HBO Max said in a statement that the film portrays some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have been common in American society. “These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible,” a spokesperson for HBO Max explained, adding these depictions are against WarnerMedia’s values.
“Gone with the Wind” won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and put Hattie McDaniel on film history as she became the first black American to win an Oscar.
“If we are to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and underhand our history,” the spokesperson added.
The on-going protests against racism and police brutality seem to shape the entertainment industry as well. Aside from these decisions from HBO Max, Paramount Network also recently canceled the long-running series “Cops” while “Live P.D.” was also canceled by the A&E Network.