Warner’s decision to release all of its major 2021 movies directly onto HBO Max was a controversial one, despite the studio’s assurance that it will return to a more traditional release model the following year. DC is a big part of Warner’s movie division, and DC Films boss Walter Hamada has now revealed the plans for future releases.
Speaking to the New York Times, Hamada explained that from 2022 onwards, DC will release up to six movies a year. Four of these will be the studio’s big tentpole superhero movies, such as The Suicide Squad, The Batman, and Aquaman 2. In addition, “riskier” films, focusing on lesser known heroes, will be produced specifically for HBO Max. These could include upcoming projects such as Static Shock or Batgirl.
This is in addition to HBO Max shows that are being produced as spin-offs to the big movies. There are already two in development–James Gunn’s Peacemaker, which will focus on John Cena’s character from The Suicide Squad, and a Batman spin-off about the Gotham police department. “With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?'” Hamada said.