Warner Bros. has made the decision to delay the release dates of the sequels for both Aquaman and Shazam! This comes as part of a significant reshuffling of their film schedule. As a result, fans will have to wait a little longer to see the return of these beloved characters in theaters.
The release date for “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” has been shifted from March 17, 2023, to December 25, 2023. This means that the film, starring Jason Momoa, will now premiere a few days after Disney’s “Star Wars” spin-off “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron,” which is scheduled for release on December 23, 2023.
“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” will now be released on the old date of “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” which was December 21, 2022. This change means that the Zachary Levi-starring film will no longer be competing against James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” on that weekend and will have the opportunity to draw audiences without any major competition.
The decision to shuffle the release dates of “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” was not unexpected, as Warner Bros. Discovery, the new owner of the studio, aims to manage the marketing and distribution costs associated with releasing major films. The new release date for “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” allows for additional time in post-production, which is believed to be necessary for the film. While these changes may disappoint fans, they are part of a strategic approach to maximize the success of both films.