During an interview with Business Insider, HBO Max content chief Kevin Reilly revealed new details on the new streaming platform’s upcoming projects, including the Green Lantern series, J.J. Abrams’ Justice League Dark series, the Justice League Snyder Cut, and more.
“Greg [Berlanti, who is producing a Green Lantern series for Max] has done a lot of really quality DC fare for The CW,” said Reilly. “These will not be that. These will be next step up in production value. You can expect the highest level of cinematic production values on those shows, and that’s the same for the projects we’ve announced with J.J. [Abrams].”
Reilly continued that Abrams pitched the Justice League Dark series, saying “he’s always loved it. He always felt that there was a lot of opportunity there and an unexplored territory, and kind of a pond that he could play in exclusively.”
Shifting to the Justice League Snyder Cut, Reilly explained that he and his team were onboard the project after a meeting with Zack and Deborah Snyder about the director’s cut: “I forget when Zack and Deborah [Snyder] first gave us the sense of where they were heading, but even from that meeting, me and my team felt it was something we really wanted to do. There were a lot of issues involved to figure out how we could deliver on his vision, and a myriad of legal issues. We’ve been sitting on this for quite some time but working on it. It was obviously a secret project given the high level of interest, but we were chipping away at it piece by piece. There was some strategy but also some serendipity in how we got over the hurdle of some of those issues just before the launch [of Max].”
Reilly also shared that while the Harry Potter movies (NBCUniversal owns the distribution rights until 2025) won’t be available on HBO Max at launch, it remains high on their priority list for the franchise to become available on the platform.
The content chief also touched on “extensive discussions around DCU” following the announcement that the second season of Doom Patrol will stream on both HBO Max and DC Universe. According to the outlet, an HBO Max representative told BI that there are “no current plans for any other DCU show” to move to HBO Max.
HBO Max is set to launch this Wednesday.