As it is, this is a life-changing step for Warner Bros. that will surely have a direct effect on the decision-making of other movie studios. From a fan standpoint, it’s a welcome piece of good news since they now have the option to watch big-budget blockbusters from the comfort of their homes and without the risk of contracting the virus. However, for movie theater owners, this spells bad news for a number of reasons.
In an unprecedented move, The Hollywood Reporter shared in a report that Warner Bros. has opted to “send 17 films” to HBO Max “for 31 days the same day they hit theaters.” The aforementioned films include the likes of Matrix 4, The Suicide Squad, and Dune
This essentially means that more movie chains will be forced to close entirely, since there’s a strong chance that moviegoers will opt to watch the films at home instead. While some movie theaters around the world are slowly reopening, the debate about the safety of movie-goers is still ongoing. Even though safety protocols are already in place, it was previously reported that some health experts are strongly against the idea of people flocking to theaters to watch a newly-released movie. This is an indication that the normal movie-going experience will not come back anytime soon.