The COVID-19 pandemic, and its profound disruptions to new movies, triggered an unprecedented wave of new theatrical films being released on streaming services the same day they hit cinemas. HBO Max, in particular, became synonymous with the practice. It is especially linked with film franchises that HBO Max is already associated with, like DC Comics movies. With The Batman hitting theaters and bringing the DC superhero back to the big screen this weekend, HBO Max is the first place people are likely to look.
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