Aquaman and Shazam! Sequels Change Release Date – The Hollywood Reporter


The sequels to Aquarius and Shazam! abandon their release dates in another major reshuffle at Warner Bros.

The James Wan directed Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been delayed for more than eight months from March 17, 2023 to December 25, 2023, the studio announced on Wednesday.

Aquaman and the Lost City will see the return of superhero Jason Momoa, as well as Patrick Wilson’s Orm Marius and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta. It was recently revealed that Ben Affleck’s Batman will return for… Aquaman 2. The first Aquarius was a major earner for Warner Bros/DC, grossing over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Movement is also Shazam! continuation, Anger of the Gods, which was to be released in December of this year. It landed on Aquariusold date, March 17, 2023.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported earlier this month that the two films were likely to move — including Aquarius moving to Christmas – as new owner, Warner Bros. Discovery, tries to spread the marketing and distribution costs associated with releasing a studio tent pole. When asked about the release date changes, a Warner spokesperson declined to comment.

Shazam!, released in 2019, was a modest hit by superhero standards at $365.9 million, but was loved and praised for bringing a youthful energy to the genre. It told the story of a foster child named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who transformed into the hero Shazam (Levi). The sequel adds franchise newcomers Lucy Liu, Helen Mirren and Rachel Zegler, with the film making a huge debut last month at San Diego Comi-Con, where the film’s trailer premiered.

The release date changes come amid uproar for other DC properties, most notably: batgirl. The once HBO Max-bound movie was shelved and will not be released on any platform, despite being fully completed and carrying a $90 million price tag.

The unusual move comes after a change in leadership at Warners, with the newly installed CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, prioritized cost-cutting measures and Warners refocused on making theatrical films rather than streaming projects.

Warners announced a slew of other changes and additions to its upcoming theatrical release calendar, including taking Fate of Salem as of the date of April 21, 2023. No new date has been announced.

Other changes are dating the redux of New Line House party before December 9, 2022, Evil Dead Rise before April 21, 2023 and The nun 2 before September 8, 2023.

On the HBO Max side of the aisle, Warners announced a slew of holiday 2022 release dates for instant-stream movies. A Christmas Story Christmas will reach the service on November 17, 2022, followed by vacation vacation and A Christmas mystery on November 24, 2022 and a Hollywood Christmas on Dec 1, 2022.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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