Batgirl and Static Shock Films May Go Directly To HBO Max
On Christmas, Wonder Woman 1984 became the first DC superhero film to simultaneously hit theaters and HBO Max. Regardless of when the pandemic ends, HBO Max may still get new DC movies of its own. During an interview with DC Films’ Walter Hamada, The New York Times reports that up to four expensive DC movies a year will be released in theaters starting in 2022. However, other films, “perhaps focused on riskier characters like Batgirl and Static Shock will arrive exclusively on HBO Max.”
Director Joss Whedon stepped down from the Batgirl movie in 2018. Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) is attached to write the script. Warner Bros. is also looking for a female director to replace Whedon.
Back in October, Michael B. Jordan signed on to produce the Static Shock film. Jordan and Reginald Hudlin are overseeing the Milestone Media/DC adaptation. A screenwriter and a director have yet to be hired.
Additionally, Hamada told The New York Times that HBO Max TV spinoffs will be considered for every upcoming DC film.
“With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?’” related Hamada.
Hamada also expressed confidence that audiences won’t be confused by the introduction of the DC multiverse, which is being used to explain films that don’t share any continuity with each other.
“I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted this,” said Hamada. “But audiences are sophisticated enough to understand it. If we make good movies, they will go with it.”
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