It's Not An April Fool's Joke, Three DCEU Movies Are Now Streaming On Disney+

It's Not An April Fool's Joke, Three DCEU Movies Are Now Streaming On Disney+ It's Not An April Fool's Joke, Three DCEU Movies Are Now Streaming On Disney+

Comic book fans initially thought the social media post was an April Fool's joke but it turns out that three films from Zack Snyder's DCEU are now streaming on Disney+/Hulu.

By MarkJulian - Apr 01, 2024 06:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Wonder Woman

When the streaming wars were first getting underway, the idea that a studio would allow its content to stream on a rival's platform was unthinkable...however, that's exactly what's happening at the moment.

In a non-April Fool's Day post, the combined Disney+ & Hulu app just posted a trailer for what's coming in April, and to the surprise of comic book fans, it seems three DCEU films were on the list- Wonder Woman, Shazam, and Shazam: Fury of the Gods.

It wasn't too long ago that the DCEU films showed up on Netflix, an idea of Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav who hinted that the films could find themselves on other streaming services after their time on Netflix ended.

Said Zaslav, "Someone might have it for three months or six months. We always have those movies and we have the complete set of all those movies.”

 “And candidly, we have found that we won’t do it unless the economics are significant. But in many cases, it really helps us. People come back and then they want to see the full bouquet of DC movies and the only place to do that is with us."

Streaming on Netflix is one thing as in years past, Netflix was the streaming destination for every network and studio before they all decided to become competition instead of clients.

 But no one could have predicted that the DCEU films would show up on WB's direct rival within the comic book movie genre.

This is a sign that the times are changing as investors and boards of directors are becoming frustrated with the huge overhead and upkeep costs associated with maintaining their own steaming apps as opposed to licensing shows and movies for profit.

There are a ton of rumors swirling around the Hollywood trades and finance magazines that WB Discovery could be sold soon be acquired or merge with another, midsize studio.

When Discovery acquired Warner Media from AT&T in Spring 2022, they took on a ton of debt and haven't really seen the profits they envisioned thanks to the pandemic and this past summer's WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. 

This month, the legal restriction that prevents  Warner Bros. Discovery from merging or acquiring more studios expires and insiders expect Zaslav to entertain all options, including the sale of sub-companies (like DC Comics and DC Studios) or Warner Bros. in its entirety.

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AmazingFILMporg - 4/1/2024, 6:11 PM
Evansly - 4/1/2024, 6:12 PM
Alrighty then
harryba11zack - 4/1/2024, 6:12 PM

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AmazingFILMporg - 4/1/2024, 6:14 PM
WB is so desperate for cash that they will sell their content to anyone 😅
SonOfAGif - 4/1/2024, 6:36 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - It sounds like a potential sell off is coming soon.
darthgeekboy - 4/1/2024, 8:38 PM
@AmazingFILMporg -
for TWO straight years, WB has had FIVE massively profitable movies(Dune, Wonka, and Barbenheimer). more than Disney could ever say. even Aquaman 2 was a little profitable. if anything, Disney seems like the desperate one.
Humperdink - 4/1/2024, 11:02 PM
@darthgeekboy -

Disney seems like the desperate one.

Isn't WB the one throwing their own movies in the trashcan no one has even seen yet for tax write-offs?
whoknows - 4/2/2024, 4:24 AM
@JDL - actually espn has been a hole in Disneys pocket. That’s why recent years they’ve tried to couple espn+ in bundles and try to figure out how to monetize its content. I’m not sure what recent numbers are but I know up til last year most share holders meeting would acknowledge what they are doing to combat espn not doing well.
Blergh - 4/2/2024, 5:04 AM
@darthgeekboy - WB is looking to merge with Universal because of their massive debt. They are in a desperate state, that's why they're canceling movies for tax cuts left and right
ObserverIO - 4/2/2024, 5:10 AM
@darthgeekboy - It was close, but I don't think Aquaman manged to break even.
JDL - 4/2/2024, 6:37 PM
@whoknows - No. They made a profit of 2.9B in 2022 on a 16B gross. That said they are getting hurt by cord cutting, nowhere near as bad as you think, but long term it's concerning. That's why ESPN and sports in general are getting streamed.
JDL - 4/2/2024, 6:42 PM
@darthgeekboy - You gotta be kidding. Disney has the Parks, ABC, ESPN, & Cable Channels all turning at least some profits. As for WB's 'profit' on Barbie Mattel gets most of it.

Look when AT&T shed WB's they did so in such a way that the company had very little cash and no realistic way to borrow anything significant. Imo they are going to get resold. YMMV.
whoknows - 4/7/2024, 12:55 PM
@JDL - it’s had a 35% drop since the , to the point Bob was considering selling it last summer. So reports said.
JDL - 4/7/2024, 4:51 PM
@whoknows - The phrase you used denotes running at a loss which is not the case yet. That said if it continues that eventually would indeed happen.
braunermegda - 4/1/2024, 6:15 PM
while that those fat [frick]s nerdies from this site and more fight each other over whos best
AmazingFILMporg - 4/1/2024, 6:19 PM
@braunermegda -

TheVisionary25 - 4/1/2024, 6:16 PM
Well , I haven’t seen Fury of The Gods but WW & Shazam are 2 of the best DCEU films imo so I’m glad they are atleast showing those then as weird as it is.

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Th3Batman - 4/1/2024, 6:23 PM
The streaming era is coming to an end.
jst5 - 4/1/2024, 8:02 PM
@Th3Batman - There won't be many left over the next 5 to 6 years....Netflix will end up being the last one standing...Disneyplus will probably be the last major one to fall but it's coming.
Sabre81 - 4/2/2024, 3:29 AM
@jst5 - Disney+ frighteningly lost 17 million subscribers in 2023 and to think of the hundreds of millions of dollars they spend on Marvel and Star Wars shows, it's not a good sign. Anyway, the article is over sensationalizing this as it's more of a Hulu thing than a Disney thing. I mean, FFS, in the UK we can use the VIP section to see shows like The Walking Dead and Only Murders in the Building which have nothing to with Disney apart from the fact they are majority shareholders in Hulu.
JustAWaffle - 4/2/2024, 3:40 AM
@jst5 - No one is going back to Cable TV. What do you think the alternative will be for all these shows from the various platforms? Unless you think Netflix will hold a massive monopoly of streaming?
jst5 - 4/2/2024, 4:18 PM
@JustAWaffle - It won't look anything like what it looks like right now....probably headed towards a Netflix hosting in one or two new streaming services where numerous platforms host their content.
JustAWaffle - 4/2/2024, 4:55 PM
@jst5 - That sounds like what Apple TV and Roku already does, but with more steps within a single app.

But you may be right.

Just wonder what’ll be a sustainable model for these studios.
jst5 - 4/3/2024, 6:36 PM
@JustAWaffle - Correct but we'll see where this is all headed....Hollywood is in really.......bad shape right now.
TheLight - 4/1/2024, 6:23 PM
"Three DCEU Movies Are Now Streaming On Disney..."

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This is what it's come down to isn't it? The legacy of the DCEU.

GarthRanzz - 4/1/2024, 7:53 PM
@TheLight - You realize Max has had a couple of Marvel movies in the past. Heck Deadpool might still be on there...
TheLight - 4/1/2024, 9:30 PM
@GarthRanzz - Doesn't change the fact that WB's desperation is one idiotic sign away from delivering DC to the House of Mouse. And with Gunn at the helm of his planned DCU, most likely his ties to Marvel/Disney are closer than we all think to acquiring DC movies down the line.

I've already said when/if that happens, I'm done with DC cinema.
JustAWaffle - 4/2/2024, 3:41 AM
@GarthRanzz - Yeah, DP, Spider-Man, and a few others are still on Max.
Se4M4NSt4ine - 4/1/2024, 6:40 PM
Wait… are you telling me Disney could end up buying DC by the end of the month?😳
ObserverIO - 4/2/2024, 5:15 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine -
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Matador - 4/2/2024, 9:02 AM
@ObserverIO - As much as I would love to see something on the big screen like that we all know the current leadership pod will muck that up too.

Also if they did buy it before Deadpool 3 that would also benefit from Deadpool multi-verse jumping.
ObserverIO - 4/2/2024, 1:01 PM
@Matador - Deadpool meets his DC variant, Deathstroke (or should that be the other way around?).
Matador - 4/2/2024, 1:11 PM
@ObserverIO - Deadpool would annoy the heck out of Deathstroke

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Forthas - 4/1/2024, 6:52 PM
The chaos continues...

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Warner Brothers would not be in this situation if they had rejected Zack Snyder's DCEU and paired the Dark Knight Trilogy with Man of Steel and used that as the template for their films instead of falling over themselves to copy Marvel. The humiliation of having Disney showcase DC films must sting!
MuadDib - 4/1/2024, 7:33 PM
@Forthas - except Nolan and Bale said they weren’t interested in a shared universe.
Forthas - 4/1/2024, 7:49 PM
@MuadDib - NO! Actually Nolan discussed the idea of a shared universe with zack Snyder and Snyder rejected the idea...

...and Nolan himself suggested - PUBLICLY - that they do a spinoff Catwoman film...
GarthRanzz - 4/1/2024, 7:54 PM
@Forthas - U realize Marvel movies have been on Max in the past...I think there is one there right now actually...
Forthas - 4/1/2024, 8:01 PM
@GarthRanzz - Not MCU Marvel!
Deadinside - 4/1/2024, 8:10 PM
@GarthRanzz -
@Forthas -
Right now, there's Deadpool, Elektra, Fantastic Four (2015), X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men Origins: Wolverine...☮️😉
Forthas - 4/1/2024, 8:14 PM
@Deadinside - I think the fFox Legacy films were contracted to run on Max prior to the sale of Fox to Disney. I doubt we will ever see any film in the MCU (except maybe Incredible Hulk) on Max streaming.
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