‘Blue Beetle’ And ‘Batgirl’ Films To Be HBO Max Exclusives, Skipping Theaters Entirely

It can’t always be about Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. There are loads of superheroes under the DC Comics umbrella for Warner Bros. to pick from, and not all of them are meant for the big screen. We’ve heard previously about mid-budget films like Batgirl that may go direct to HBO Max, and now it appears that Blue Beetle will be one of them, too.

According to the LA Times‘ interview with Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich, Batgirl and Blue Beetle are skipping theaters entirely and will be exclusive to HBO Max.

Personally, I find it disappointing that a major female hero like Batgirl, and a Latinx hero like Blue Beetle will be relegated to streaming. I wouldn’t be surprised if Supergirl goes the same way. On the other hand, it’s great that WB is diversifying their slate and spreading the wealth, so to speak.

Batgirl has a script by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) and directors in Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life), while Blue Beetle will be directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings). No release date has been set for either.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.