HBO Max Is Permanently Removing Tons Of Incredible Movies And Shows

HBO Max is getting rid of John Wick, Jurassic Park, and many DC animated shows.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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With a new month on the way, one thing is always promised when it comes to streaming services: we can expect several titles to be pulled from the lineup. According to The Direct, January’s going to be a rough one for HBO Max subscribers, as they’ll be losing a slew of content ranging from DC animated productions to musicals and even franchises like John Wick and Jurassic Park. So, what exactly should we be binging over the next week before they take their leave from the platform?

For DC fans holding onto the nostalgia of their youth, prepare to blow a kiss goodbye to classic animated shows including Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, as well as the classic 1967 animated Aquaman and the more recent Batman: The Brave and the Bold. On the bright side for DC fans who are HBO Max subscribers, you can still catch the streamer’s broad catalog of blockbusters and shows including the recently released Black Adam and the hit adult animated series, Harley Quinn. Unfortunately, the major January losses go far beyond that of the DC Universe, as the platform is letting go of a slew of other titles at the beginning of 2023.

Love the broadway musical-turned-film, In the Heights? Well, you’re going to want to make sure you get all your sing-alongs in before it leaves HBO Max at the top of the year, along with fellow, albeit darker, musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Harry Potter fans who haven’t seen the Fantastic Beasts features will also want to jump onto the platform because no spell can keep Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hanging around much longer.

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John Wick fans also have a limited time to stream the trilogy before it leaves HBO Max, as well as the original Jurassic Park films that are also marching their way toward extinction on the streamer. Other big names like The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Kick-Ass 2, Life of Pi, Rango, and Zero Dark Thirty will also be bowing out. But as they say, “out with the old and in with the new” as this also means that several new productions will be making their way onto the streamer.

Ari Aster’s quite frankly traumatizing horror flick Hereditary will be available for viewing early in the new year with classics including Matilda and Teen Wolf also joining the lineup. HBO Max will also be debuting a few new series of their own including the Mindy Kaling-created Scooby-Doo adult animated spinoff Velma and video game-turned-series The Last of Us. So, while it’s a bummer to say farewell to the aforementioned productions, we know the streamer will be adding a load of other great content. 

Of course, some of these titles may be leaving HBO Max due to the ongoing budget cuts being carried out by the higher-ups at Warner Bros. Discovery who’ve been making headlines for their decisions to ax a multitude of productions over the last few months. But it’s more our guess that this is just the way of the world when it comes to streaming. Titles come, titles go, and with other platforms prepared to pick up the rights, who knows where some of these will end up next?