Today WarnerMedia revealed just about everything we’d been wanting to know about HBO Max; so much that it can’t be contained in one article. We’ll be posting multiple news stories in succession, starting with this one.
The first news is the news that’s been most crucial: the price of this thing. Rumors had it at $17.99 a month, which sounded pretty ridiculous even with all the crazy new shows and exclusives they’ve been shoring up. Fortunately, that is not the case: the price is actually $14.99, which still puts it at the more expensive side (especially when compared to Disney+) but somewhat more manageable. In fact, it’s the price HBO currently costs to stream by itself, and all of HBO’s content is included here, so either a reduction in cost is coming for THAT app, or it’s being retired. We’ll see.
The next big piece of news is our first headline: “Greg Berlanti,” which we’re now convinced is not a person but the name of an AI program designed to produce TV superhero content, just announced two new HBO Max shows on top of everything else under his banner. We don’t have images for either, but we do have the descriptions:
Strange Adventures, a DC Super Hero anthology series executive produced by Berlanti, will feature characters from across the DC canon. This one-hour drama series will explore close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans. Strange Adventures is based on the characters from DC and is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Berlanti, Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Titans, Doom Patrol), and showrunner/writer John Stephens (Gotham, Gossip Girl) serve as executive producers. Charlie Huston (Powers, Gotham) is a co-executive producer, Brigitte Hales (Once Upon a Time) is a producer, and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds (Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child, The Twilight Zone) is a consulting producer.
The Green Lantern inspired series, based on the characters from the iconic DC comic, will come from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“Both of these original DC properties we’ll be creating for HBO Max will be unlike anything seen on television,” says the Berlanti-bot. “An anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist, and, in what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series, but I can’t reveal any more about that just yet.”
So are these two shows going to appear on DC Universe too? Beats us. No mention is made of that possibility. It’s worth noting that the existing DC Universe content is included in HBO Max, but WB has stated the DCU app will not be shut down.