Warner Brothers announced that it would be sending all of its major releases to HBO Max in 2021 back in December. They would also release in open theaters. This was immediately met with mixed emotions when many began to worry that this could hurt theaters even more than the pandemic already did. 2020 saw almost all of its releases delayed with some moving more than once due to the ongoing pandemic. Now Warner Brothers’ new model sees them focusing more on their streaming endeavor.
As the DC Universe begins to expand further and onward, HBO Max could be the universe’s biggest asset. In a recent article from the Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich talked about their release strategy for 2021 and how they plan to release ten to twelve films in theaters and on HBO Max each. With the recent announcement of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah as directors on the upcoming Batgirl film came the news that it would release exclusively on HBO Max. Now it seems the upcoming Blue Beetle film will be getting the same treatment and releasing exclusively on HBO Max,
Blue Beetle is set to be direct by Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto and was written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. The film will focus on Jaime Reyes, the third person to don the mantle of Blue Beetle and the first to wear the scarab. No release date or casting has been announced for the project.
Source: Los Angeles Times