If the streaming services are the cast of OG gossip-girl, HBO Max is Chuck Bass. Expensive, charming, and a little unpredictable. You just never know what it’s going to get up to, but you know it’ll be exciting. And possibly graphic. (In case you’re wondering, Disney+ is Nate, Peacock is Dan, Amazon Prime is Blair, Netflix is Serena, and Hulu is Vanessa. Don’t fight me on this.)
This year, HBO Max is basically becoming the streaming home of all the best movies of 2021, including King RichardDune, and West Side Story. As for films from 2022, HBO Max will be rolling out remakes of old favorites like Father of the Bride and new streaming movies like Batgirl. But that’s not all. You’ll also be able to stream new blockbuster hits like batman and Oscar nominees like Drive My Car.
Seriously, if you’re not ready to return to packed movie theaters quite yet, how else are you going to understand all the RPatz Batman references making the rounds on Twitter and TikTok? Just be warned, this isn’t necessarily the movie you’re expecting. “The first time I read the script was a pretty drastic departure from the traditional way Bruce Wayne’s portrayed,” Pattinson told The Gamer. “He’s [usually] a society playboy, he’s very much in control of the three aspects of his personality. He’s Bruce Wayne, the playboy, a little bit silly, and then he’s the Bruce at home, who’s – I’m just describing the old movies now, whatever! But this one, he doesn’t know. He’s basically let Bruce just withered away.” Broody Batman FTW.
But don’t forget that Zoë Kravitz plays Catwoman. “We watched cats and lions and how they fight,” Kravitz told Empire, “and talked about what is actually possible when you’re my size, and Batman’s so much stronger than me. What is my skill? It’s being fast and tricky. So we did some really interesting floor work that incorporated different kinds of martial arts and capoeira and a kind of feline, dance-like movement.”
And of course, there are a ton of great TV shows and movies already on there. You’d be surprised how many of your family members would be down to watch F9 of an evening, and as for duneswell, naked Oscar Isaac.
Still don’t know what to watch on HBO Max? Check out the exciting HBO Max movie releases for 2022:
Available March 2
West Side Story (2021)
Legendary director Steven Spielberg remakes the beloved Steven Sondheim musical about star-crossed love between members of warring street gangs (romeo and juliet, plus songs!). Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for playing Anita in the original movie, returns in the film nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and more at the 2022 Oscars. Ariana DeBose, who plays Anita this time around, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.