HBO Max Full List of December Releases
Here’s everything dropping in December of 2022 on HBO Max. It’s all here, from films to originals.
HBO Max November News
|James Gunn is in, and loads of content out.|
Did James Gunn Greenlight Green Lantern?
|In spite of losing showrunner & writer Seth Graham-Smith, the Green Lantern series on HBO Max may be redeveloped once again with the recent hiring of James Gunn to head up DC Studios. Smith finished scripts for the standard eight episodes featuring Green Lantern’s Hal Jordan and Alan Scott. Word is it will now feature John Stewart, a sign the series is being scaled back to the CW Network size budget. In 2019 Green Lantern was touted as DC’s most expensive show. This move is in keeping with HBO Max’s cutbacks. The recent Discovery Channel take-over has shown its teeth once again, with yet another HBO Max project being victim to their drastic cut budgets.|
|Yet another film is scrapped at Warner Bros. Discovery before release. Scoob!: Holiday Haunt was allowed to finish production but it’s been announced that it will not air. While there are no fans screaming over this loss, the production team did have a lot of time and emotion invested in the project only to learn in the last days of production their work would never be released. Scoob!: Holiday Haunt was an intended prequel to Scoob! (2020).|
No Final Season For Westworld
Westworld ends with an ambiguous season 4. It seemed inevitable. The first indicator was clear. Westworld has always been picked up for following seasons during the seasons they air. Couple a weak Westworld season 4 of 4 million viewers to House of the Dragon‘s 29 million in viewership with new owners, Discovery axing loads of HBO properties, and the writing on the wall was all but written.
Westworld’s co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy confirmed the show’s fate was up in the air in October. Jonathan stated, “We always planned for a fifth and final season. (They originally planned six seasons, and seven were rumored during season one). We are still in conversations with the network. We very much hope to make them,” referencing the existing top brass at HBO. Lisa Joy affirmed his concern, “Jonah and I have always had an ending in mind that we hope to reach. We have not quite reached it yet.”
And yet it seems Nolan and Joy may have hedged their bets after season 3s weak performance by ending season 4 without the usual cliffhanger or stinger.
Hopes of Westworld season 5 have ended for now unless the showrunners find another Network to pick up Westworld for its final act. The difficulty will be convincing another network to pick up a show costly in production for only one season. Back in 2016, Season 1 began with a budget of 100 million and has maintained a sky-high budget of 160 million to produce season 4 (with two fewer episodes), and has fewer viewers. Westworld has collected over 50 Emmy nominations, with fewer each season.
For now, HBO’s final word is: “Over the past four seasons, Lisa and [Jonathan] have taken viewers on a mind-bending odyssey, raising the bar at every step. We are tremendously grateful to them, along with their immensely talented cast, producers, and crew, and all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot, and Warner Bros. Television. It’s been a thrill to join them on this journey.”
For now, any remaining fans of Westworld will have to be on the lookout for any news indicating Westworld has found a new home for season 5.
Season 4 Takes Titans Back to San Francisco
As the Titans leave Gotham in season 4 of Titans to head back to San Francisco, the stop along the way in Metropolis where the series introduces Brother Blood (Joseph Morgan) from DC graphic novel source material. Seasons 1 and 2 offered a lot of hope despite rushing new characters into play. In fact, it was the addition of so many additional teen superheroes that left you thinking the showrunners had a long-term plan. Season 3 proved that entirely wrong with a horrible depiction of No Man’s Land (1999) by Jordan B. as the teens saved Gotham. To be fair, season 3 did an adequate job of the death of Jason Todd based on Death in the Family (1988) by Jim Starlin & Jim Aparo. However, the reincarnation of Jason Todd as the Red Hood was hard to accept knowing how far from canon this version was venturing off to.
Farcical Use of Cannon
At times Titans take on characters is off-putting. The actor and manner in which Bruce Wayne is depicted are hard to swallow. Titans is a low-budget Dawson’s Creek superhero show a notch above the CW Arrowverse. Each season shoehorns an element of cannon into the series without much regard for how a character was created or grew in their respective original print run. And yet the show draws you in because we are being offered an opportunity to see many characters come to life in reasonably original graphic novel accuracy by actors and actresses who most often look like their comic book counterparts.
Who Is Brother Blood?
As his name hints, his powers center around blood. Unlike a vampire, he doesn’t need it to survive. Instead, the blood of others grants him power, special powers. By consuming the blood of others, he gains those same powers. In addition, Brother Blood has a photographic memory and can perform mind control. His shawl makes him immune to Raven’s powers. Of course, one challenging bad guy is never enough. Another Titan adversary to look forward to in season 4 is Mother Mayhem (Franka Potente).
Batmanless Robin, Tim Drake
Ignoring canon completely, Titans features a Tim Drake, Robin who never serves as Batman’s sidekick let alone works with him. In fact, In Titans, Tim Drake never even meets Batman. Or will he? If season 4 shares with any of the previous seasons, Bruce Wayne will make a cameo in some form.
Showrunner Greg Walker
While Titans changed homes from the now defunct DC Universe App (seasons 1 & 2) to HBO Max (seasons 3 & 4), a consistent single-camera production lead by Greg Walker has kept the series centered around Dick Grayson’s Nightwing character.