Now fans have to wait a little longer for the return of Aquaman and Shazam! in theaters. Warner Bros. has decided to push back the release dates of the sequels for both movies as part of major reshuffling at the studio.
“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom“, which was previously set to open on March 17, 2023, will open on December 25, 2023 instead. On its new date, the Jason Momoa-starring pic will debut a few days after Disney’s “Star Wars” spin-off “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron“, which is due on December 23, 2023.
Meanwhile, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” takes over the old date of “Aquaman 2” after initially set for December 21, 2022. The Zachary Levi-starring movie, which was set to face off against James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” on its old date, now has free rein over its new opening weekend.
While it may be disappointing to fans, the shuffles did not come out of the blue as new owner Warner Bros. Discovery looks to spread out the marketing and distribution costs associated with releasing a studio tentpole. Additionally, the new date is believed to buy more time for “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, which reportedly needs more time in post-production.