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A seriously packed slate of genre titles is coming to HBO Max in the new year. The WarnerMedia-owned streaming platform offered viewers a first look at its new and returning shows and films in a mega-trailer released online Wednesday.
While less than two minutes long, the video contains numerous sneak peeks for House of the Dragon, Westworld Season 4, Peacemaker, Our Flag Means Death, Raised by Wolves Season 2, DMZ, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Sesame Street Season 52, Moonshot, Scoob: Holiday Haunt, Return to Hogwarts, the final episodes of The Nevers, and the third and final season of His Dark Materials. All of that on top of the network premiere of 20th Century Studios' Free Guy, (also coming to Disney+ in late February) and Universal Pictures' F9.
Want to see Taika Waititi as the infamous Blackbeard? The no-good scalawag is present and accounted for. Want to see Gizmo in his animated Gremlins prequel? Yep, that's here, too (just don't feed him after midnight). Or perhaps you'd like to see Rosario Dawson caught in the middle of America's second civil war. It's all here for your eyeballs to feast on, albeit in small bursts.
Check it out below:
In October, WarnerMedia raised its annual estimate for HBO/HBO Max subscribers, predicting that the platform would hit a total of 73 million paying customers by the end of 2021. The service has been a rather enticing option over the last 12 months, given that Warner Bros. adopted a day-and-date release platform for all of its major films titles this year (Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, and The Matrix Resurrections among them).
It'll be interesting to see if the number of subscribers will dip in 2022 as the studio moves back to an exclusively theatrical release window (the hybrid model was always meant to be a temporary dam against the pandemic shutting down movie theaters). However, it should also be noted that certain projects — like Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's standalone Batgirl film — are being produced solely for HBO Max in order to rival the original programming of Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.
“There’s a lot of people who have never experienced the library of programming that HBO has to offer," HBO's Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys remarked during a conversation with Variety last year. "On HBO Max, we have kind of put together a lot of amazing brands and content from Friends reruns, Big Bang Theory, South Park, Studio Ghibli, all sorts of library that we’re going to take advantage of people coming in to try the movies, and hopefully they will see what a great value HBO Max is."