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Exclusive: Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies aren’t leaving HBO Max after all

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Update: TechRadar can exclusively confirm Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies will not be leaving HBO Max in February.

Yesterday (January 26), we revealed that The Dark Knight trilogy would be removed from HBO Max on Saturday, February 11. That meant subscribers only had two more weeks to stream Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.

However, an HBO Max representative exclusively told TechRadar that the Batman movies, which are some of the best superhero movies of all-time, aren’t leaving Warner Bros. Discovery’s main streaming service after all.

Essentially, Nolan’s iconic movies were in danger of being removed from HBO Max’s back catalog because their licensing deal was due to expire. However, the film series’ contract has been extended, ensuring Nolan’s trio of Batman movies will no longer be leaving one of the best streaming services around.

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Batman glides down a staircase to evade gunfire in Batman Begins

Swooping back onto HBO Max like… (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

HBO Max is gearing up to remove The Dark Knight trilogy from its back catalog.

In a surprising move, HBO Max will no longer carry Christopher Nolan’s iconic Batman film series on its service from Saturday, February 11. That means – at the time of writing – viewers in HBO Max-supported territories have 16 days left to stream them. 

In the UK, the film franchise will still be available to watch on Now TV. In Australia, they’re available on Binge, the home for HBO Max Down Under.

The Dark Knight trilogy – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – revived Batman’s big-screen fortunes after two critically panned mid-90s offerings. The trio amassed $2.46 billion cumulatively between 2005 and 2012, winning multiple awards along the way. Surprising no one, Nolan’s films subsequently feature high up in our best Batman movies ranked article. 

Batman interrogates Joker in The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is the best Batman movie of all time. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Nolan’s critically-acclaimed works also helped to usher in the current era of gritter, neo-noir detective-style Batman movies. That includes Ben Affleck’s turn as the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (among others) and 2022’s The Batman, which starred Robert Pattinson, while in our review of The Batman, we called it a “stunningly meticulous and tension-filled DCEU movie that doesn’t lose sight of the iconic vigilante’s comic book roots.”

The Dark Knight trilogy‘s forthcoming removal from HBO Max is a strange decision. The films aren’t available to stream on HBO Max’s rivals, such as Netflix or Prime Video. Additionally, no other streamer will become the new home for Nolan’s movies after February 11. The reason for the trio’s impending departure, then, is unclear, as is when they could return to the streaming service.

A not-so-super(hero) back catalog

A promotional image for HBO Max show Titans, which shows the TV show's main characters

Titans’ run on HBO Max is also drawing to a close (Image credit: Netflix)

The Dark Knight trilogy isn’t the only superhero project whose time on HBO Max is coming to an end.

On January 25, it was confirmed that two of the best HBO Max showsTitans and Doom Patrol – would end after their fourth seasons have aired. The comic book entities made the jump to HBO Max after their original home, aka DC Universe, was shuttered in January 2021. However, despite their popularity, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) revealed that neither show would be moving forward once their fourth seasons conclude.

In a statement, an HBO Max spokesperson told THR: “While these will be the final seasons of Titans and Doom Patrol, we are very proud of these series and excited for fans to see their climactic endings. 

“We are grateful to Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television for making such thrilling, action-packed, heartfelt series. We thank Titans showrunner Greg Walker, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, Richard Hatem, and the team at Weed Road Pictures. For Doom Patrol, we celebrate showrunner Jeremy Carver and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, Chris Dingess and Tamara Becher-Wilkinson. 

“For four seasons, fans have fallen in love with the Titans and Doom Patrol, investing in their trials and tribulations, and in their legendary battles saving the world time and time again.”

A promotional image for Doom Patrol on HBO Max, showing its main characters having a tea party

Doom Patrol season 4 will be the show’s final instalment. (Image credit: DC Universe/StarzPlay)

In the aftermath of WBD’s announcement, online rumors suggested that the pair were being canned as a result of James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new plan for the DC cinematic universe (DCU). However, Gunn took to Twitter to confirm this wasn’t the case, adding that the decision to end the shows “precedes us [myself and Safran]”.

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Regardless, The Dark Knight trilogy‘s forthcoming departure, plus the end of Titans and Doom Patrol, means HBO Max’s superhero back catalog won’t be as strong as it’s previously been.

Sure, there are still plenty of superhero movies and shows to stream on the platform, such as Joker, Wonder Woman, and Teen Titans. But, considering that Nolan’s films and the aforementioned shows are incredibly popular, it seems like a misstep to remove them from, and bring their to an end, on HBO Max respectively.

But, given that Nolan’s films and the aforementioned shows are incredibly popular, it seems like a misstep on the part of HBO Max to remove the former entirely, and bring the latter’s runs to an end.

For more Batman, HBO Max, and DCEU coverage, find out how to watch the Batman movies in order. Additionally, read up on the best HBO Max movies, or get the lowdown on what you might have missed from Shazam’s next DCEU outing in our Shazam! Fury of the Gods trailer breakdown.

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