HBO Max exclusive movies are quietly being removed from the streaming service

Something is going down at Warner Bros. Discovery. While the most significant story has been shelves of Batgirlit seems that the company has also quietly removed movies from HBO Max.

According to Variety, there have been a handful of Warner Bros. movies removed from HBO Max over the past few weeks. That includes Robert Zemeckis’ remake of The witches starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock; Seth Rogen’s comedy An American pickle; Angel Manuel Soto’s drama Charm City Kings; Melissa McCarthy’s comedy Super intelligence; Doug Liman’s heist comedy Locked down starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor; and sci-fi rom-coms Moonshot starring Lana Condor and Cole Sprouse. Each of the films had been labeled as an HBO Max Original, but it appears that their removal appears to be part of an effort to cut costs. Variety also reported that a reboot of the House party which was supposed to premiere last week, had been scrapped from the release schedule entirely. The company will report its Q2 2022 earnings tomorrow, so we could hear more about what’s happening with HBO Max.

That Batgirl movies, as well Scoob: Holiday Haunt, was shelved by Warner Bros. Discovery so they could use them as one tax write-off. The company is eager to shed its debt after the recent merger and had the opportunity to recoup some costs if they pulled the plug Batgirl. Doing so will ensure that they will never be able to make money Batgirl, meaning another studio can’t buy it. The news naturally came as a major disappointment to Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The couple released a statement on Instagram saying they are “Saddened and shocked by the news“and”still can’t believe it.“They went on to say”It was a dream to work with such amazing actors as Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and especially the great Leslie Grace who portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication and humanity.” I can’t imagine all these cost savings will help the studio creatively, but we’ll see how it plays out.

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