With the announcement that Warner Bros. will be releasing all of its movies on HBO Max at the same time as their in-theater releases, the streaming service is well-positioned to be a media contender in 2021. COVID-19 has been an unexpected blessing to the streaming market, and HBO Max’s underdog status may be a thing of the past. Here’s what to look forward to:

  • “Matrix 4” - Little is known about the long-awaited continuation of the "Matrix" trilogy, but fans of the old movies will be pleased to know the Wachowski sisters will also be directing this one.
  • “Dune” - The big-screen adaptation of one of the most famous science fiction novels was heavily anticipated in theaters. Viewers will now be able to decide if it was worth the hype from the comfort of their living rooms.
  • “Space Jam: A New Legacy” - Live-action cartoon mashups aren’t exactly common fare these days, but if anything could pull it off it would be the sequel to the legendary “Space Jam.” It will feature Lebron James and music from Hanz Zimmer.
  • “Tom And Jerry” - Cartoon mashups may be making something of a comeback, however. The latest iteration of the classic cartoon could see large foreign appeal, as the wordless slap-stick comedy of the original proved effective at crossing language barriers to find popularity abroad
  • “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” - This entry in "The Conjuring" series gives something of a twist, centering around a man accused of murder who says demonic possession is to blame
  • “The Suicide Squad” - While the original “Suicide Squad” was widely panned by audiences and critics for sloppy writing and a jarring plot, writer and director James Gunn has proven himself capable with tonally-similar movies and seems to be shifting the style in a less psychedelic direction

There are also a number of less-anticipated movies joining the platform, such as:

  • “The Little Things”
  • “Judas And The Black Messia”
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong”
  • “Mortal Kombat”
  • “Those Who Wish Me Dead”
  • “Reminisce”
  • “Malignant”
  • “The Many Saints Of Newark”
  • “King Richard”
  • “Cry Macho”
HBO Max launched May 27, 2020. WarnerMedia/HBO Max