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The Batman has been one of the biggest superhero movies of 2022, so far. As it’s been hanging around theaters for Thursday March 3the latest big screen version of the Dark Knight is set to premiere on HBO Max in the US from April 18.
With no local streaming release planned for The Batman however, Australian audiences will have to wait for the DVD and Blu-Ray release the June 1 before they can watch it from the comfort of their own Batcaves.
Fortunately, there is a workaround.
Although it is difficult to access HBO Max in Australia, it is possible. With the use of a premium VPN and a US payment method, you should be able to use the service from anywhere in the world. Here’s everything you need to know.
Which VPNs to Use to Access HBO Max
According to extensive testing by Streaming Unleashed and How to watchthe best VPN services to access HBO Max in Australia are: NordVPN, Surfshark, PureVPN and ExpressVPN. Each costs between $4 and $8 per month, so it’s not terribly expensive if you’re looking to access foreign content.
Once registered, these VPN services will allow you to connect to a remote server located in the country of your choice. In this case, you’ll want to choose an American server and head to the HBO Max website.
You’ll know if your VPN is working immediately because the streaming service will erect a blocking wall for any user who appears to be outside of the United States.
Once you’re there, all you have to do is pay the subscription fee.
How to pay for an HBO Max subscription in Australia
An HBO Max subscription costs around $20.25 in Australia, but it’s not as simple as using your PayPal account.
To register, you will need a US credit card or an HBO gift card.
The easiest way to do this is to borrow a friend’s contact details, but if you’re running out of company overseas, you can also buy a US HBO Max gift card from a store like MyGiftCardSupply and use it to pay for a subscription.
Currently these appear to be out of stock online, but check back in the future and you might get lucky.
Alternatively, you can access most HBO content on Binge, Stan or Foxtel
Although major Warner Bros. are not currently airing in Australia, you can still access the vast majority of HBO content on frenzy and Stan in Australia. Both streaming services are available locally for $10 a month each and feature major shows from across the HBO library.
Binge has more than Stan, but there’s still plenty to watch on both services, including smash hits like barry (Binge), which recently announced its third season premiere.
If you don’t want to go through the rigamarole of signing up for HBO Max using a VPN, these are very viable alternatives, but you won’t get those premium movies, and not all HBO shows come to Australia in a timely manner. .
When will The Batman start streaming on HBO Max?
The Batman set to launch on HBO Max on monday april 18. You can check out Gizmodo Australia’s review at The Batman here.
What other movies are on HBO Max?
A streaming deal between Warner Bros. and HBO Max meant that every major movie of 2021 would hit the streaming platform at the same time it landed in cinemas. That deal has been changed slightly for 2022, and there’s now a 45-day window between theatrical and streaming releases.
Here are some of the main versions you can find there:
- King Richard
- West Side Story
- Death on the Nile
- The Matrix 4
- drive my car
Since we don’t know much about the 2022 release schedule, we might also see more movies hitting the service at a later date.
The Batman hits Australian theaters on March 3, 2022. For anyone who can’t currently visit a cinema, this guide should come in handy.