Warner Bros. confirmed a series of delays for many of its biggest films, with the Aquaman sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom being the hardest hit.
News broke overnight that the studio would change many of its release dates with both Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam! sequel, Shazam: Fury Of The Gods has changed back.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was originally supposed to open in theaters on December 16 of this year, before being pushed back to March 17, 2023 this March. Now, the Jason Momoa-powered blockbuster has been delayed even further and won’t hit theaters until December 25, 2023.
according to the deadlinethe delay was caused by the need to devote more time to the film in post-production.
With Aquaman now out of its March 17 slot, Warner Bros. Batman, which debuted in early March 2022.
Plus, there’s also the looming specter of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way Of Water, which will finally hit theaters in December. The Avatar sequel would have dominated many of the big IMAX movie ticket options and now Shazam 2 will be free to carry those screens when it launches.
This softens the blow from both delays a bit, but it’s still hard to read that we won’t see Jason Momoa’s Aquaman showing off his stuff until the end of 2023.
Was it all bad news?
Not entirely, there was good news, especially for horror fans.
The sequel to The Conjuring spin-off The Nun finally has a release date, which will hit theaters on September 8, 2023.
Unfortunately, the long-awaited remake of Stephen King’s classic chiller Salem’s Lot will have to wait a long time. Originally slated to hit theaters this fall, then moved to April 2023, the film, which was made by Annabelle Comes Home director Gary Dauberman, has now missed its release date completely as, like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the post -production is taking longer. than expected.
Another horror, Evil Dead Rise, which will be the fifth installment in the Evil Dead franchise, has been carried over from a planned release only on HBO Max and will now hit theaters. This should take place in April 2023 in the slot that Salem’s Lot vacated.
Finally, the classic comedy reboot House Party, which counts NBA star LeBron James among its producers, is also moving away from an HBO Max release and hitting theaters. This is now due on December 9th of this year.
Analysis: A change of direction for Warner Bros?
When The Hollywood Reporter covered the shocking news that Batgirl was being canceled and would never be seen by the public, also reported that Warner Bros. It looks like that’s exactly what’s planned here.
In his first media appearances, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav has made it clear that he will maintain tight control, as he has with several projects at HBO Max and Warner Bros. canceled, including JJ Abrams’ sci-fi epic Demimonde, a Wonder Twins movie that was scheduled to premiere on HBO Max, and of course Batgirl, which Zaslav and his team decided serves the company best as a tax break. than a theatrical release.
With House Party and Evil Dead Rise moving to a more traditional theatrical release, it seems that Zaslav and executives at Warner Bros. still believe in the power of cinemas, as long as they can budget accordingly.