All Warner Bros. Films in 2021 Will Premiere in Theaters and on HBO Max Simultaneously

After a year where countless movies saw their premiere dates indefinitely postponed, Warner Bros. has announced that it plans to bring some movie magic back into the world in 2021. On Thursday, the film studio revealed that its entire slate of films for the coming year, including The Suicide Squad and In the Heights, will debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. While the ongoing pandemic may force cinemas to remain closed in certain regions, Warner Bros. will not and cannot wait another year to release some of its most anticipated titles. All of the studio’s new films will be available for a single month both in theaters and on HBO Max. When that period ends, the titles will be removed from HBO Max, and be available exclusively at theaters. “We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions,” said Ann Sarnoff, CEO and Chair of WarnerMedia. “No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of the theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the US will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021.”

A Year Without Premieres

Across the country, theaters have closed and re-opened at varying paces. While some states have seen little change in cinema activity, others kept theaters closed for months, and have mandated strict capacity limits when they reopen. All of this has been a nightmare for the film studios, which have by-and-large canceled cinematic premieres. Still, several films received direct-to-stream releases this year, allowing movie lovers to watch new content at home. In April, Universal Pictures released Trolls World Tour directly to on-demand, garnering enviable financial success. And after months of delay, Disney released Mulan directly to Disney+, with an additional on-demand cost. Still, the studios resisted bringing big-budget titles directly to at-home audiences, hoping that a cinematic run would soon be possible. Unfortunately, that didn’t happened soon enough. Warner Bros. now hopes to keep audiences engaged by bringing all of their 2021 premieres to HBO Max, their streaming platform that just launched this year. The initiative could prove a win-win, attracting viewers to Warner Bros. movies while also bringing new subscribers to its fledgling streaming service.

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You…

You don’t have to wait until the New Year to see a new Warner Bros. picture. The first simultaneous premiere will occur on Christmas Day, when Wonder Woman: 1984 will hit big and small screens alike. Here’s a look at some of the other Warner Bros. titles heading to theaters and HBO Max in 2021:
  • The Matrix 4
  • Dune
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • The Many Saints of Newark
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • In the Heights
  • The Little Things
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Tom & Jerry
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • Reminiscence
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Malignant
  • King Richard
  • Cry Macho