This HBO Max Drama Is a Big, Depressing Mess

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It’s been a stressful week. Over the last several days, my beloved HBO Max—far and away my most-used streaming service—has been the subject of rumors.

After Tuesday’s abrupt shelving of Batgirl, a movie I had no plans to ever watch, the gossip mill swore that the platform was going down the toilet. The word on the street was that Warner Bros. Discovery, the service’s newly merged parent company, was going to cancel everything we like and replace them with cheap reality shows. HBO Max would lose all of its good movies, swapped out for bad movies. Fans started mounting pre-emptive campaigns to save upcoming, unreleased content they hadn’t even seen.

It was hard not to be anxious about all of it, since there was some proof in the questionable pudding. After all, a company deciding to pull a mostly finished Batman-adjacent movie from release at the last minute seems like a chaotic move to an outsider. On top of that, people began to notice a smattering of exclusive movies and shows had disappeared from the service with zero notice. By the time Warner Bros. Discovery—or WB Disco, if you want to be cute—set its quarterly earnings call for Thursday, the anxiety had hit a fever pitch.

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