Warner Bros. has certainly shaken up the movie world by releasing their 2021 slate of big-ticket films in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously.
Wonder Woman 1984 was the first to try out this strategy last December, and the studio is keeping the excitement level high amid the lockdown by sending blockbuster hits like Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, and more directly to the streaming service.
A newly released HBO Max sizzle reel teases some of the big same-day premieres coming throughout 2021.
The 30-second spot released on Saturday (Jan. 16) packs in as much footage as possible, including first glimpses from Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, The Suicide Squad and Space Jam: A New Legacy, the long-awaited LeBron James-starring sequel to 1996’s Space Jam.
The new sizzle reel also features footage or title treatment from other upcoming 2021 titles including the highly anticipated Dune, King Richard, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The Many Saints of Newark, Judas and the Black Messiah, Cry Macho, Malignant, The Little Things, In the Heights, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Tom & Jerry: The Movie, and the upcoming Matrix sequel.
Following the format of Wonder Woman 1984’s release, these titles will premiere both in cinemas and HBO Max simultaneously and will be available for 31 days, then continue to play in theaters until the traditional theatrical window runs out before heading to disc and VOD.
While U.S. audiences are enjoying all the same day releases in the safety of their homes, we’re curious what this move means for Philippine viewers, as indoor cinemas in Metro Manila remain closed months into the world's longest quarantine.
As of this writing, HBO Max is still not officially available in the Philippines. There’s no word yet if subscribers to HBO Go, the older version available to Asian audiences, and the only version of the streaming service available in the country, will get access to the same day theater release of the big hits.
While some HBO Max exclusive premieres in the US—including Kaley Cuoco's The Flight Attendant and Anne Hathaway's Locked Down—also premiered on HBO Go locally the same day, Wonder Woman 1984 was set for a theatrical release on January 8, 2021 and was not released on the streaming service.
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