Last night (Tuesday 29th October) HBO Max showed they’re not messing around when it comes to the streaming wars by unveiling their massive slate of programming that includes DC original series Green Lantern.
The streaming service will be coming out in May 2020 in the US at a decent price of $14.99 per month and will include 10,000 hours of programming. Including all of HBO originals like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, TV and film from Warner Bros formidable library.
Meanwhile, new content will include HBO Max becoming the home of South Park in a deal worth $500 million and the North American home of the iconic Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli.
Fans will complain about the monthly price from Apple’s $4.99, Disney+ at $6.99 and $12.99 for Netflix. However, the big price equals quality from both exciting content and new.
The HBO Max originals programming includes a sci-fi from Ridley Scott called Raised by Wolves, College Girls (a Mindy Kaling comedy about three freshman roommates) and three DC series, two from Greg Berlanti including Green Lantern and an Adam Strange called Strange Adventures.
Finally Elizabeth Banks is developing a DC Super Hero High, probably DC’s own Riverdale/ Saved By The Bell.
Additionally, at the launch event, a Games of Thrones prequel called House of the Dragon will be coming to HBO (no news on when if HBO Max get next day drop) focusing on the House Targaryen and the early days of Westeros.
There was also an announcement of the new Issa Rae show called Rap Shit and the comedy series will follow a female rap group from outside Miami as they try and make it in the music industry.
However, while they look into expanding to other countries but one of those won’t sadly be the UK for at least for a couple of years.
This is because (via Film Stories) HBO have extended their deal with Sky to five years and this leads to the comments WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey made yesterday as they are “leaning on our licensing relationships with key partners in territories where we believe market conditions warrant a different approach.”
It seems to show that sadly the streaming service won’t be making across the pond and as someone who was seriously excited about the chance to get it, I am pretty bummed as this deal also confirms that HBO and HBO Max series will be going to Sky Atlantic.
However, I shouldn’t be too surprised as DC Universe original series Titans and Swamp Thing are on Netflix and Amazon Prime respectfully and hope one day Doom Patrol joins them.