Fans waiting to see the return of Jason Momoa as Aquaman will have to wait a few months longer, with the news that Warner Bros. has pushed the release dates of both Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam: Fury of the Gods out a few months.
Deadline is reporting that the follow-up to 2018’s Aquaman requires more post-production time than was initially allotted, moving the movie from its previous release date March 17, 2023 all the way to December 25 that year. Taking its place on the schedule will be the second Shazam movie, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, which moves from a December 21 2022 release date to March 17.
Fans of the first Shazam movie might remember that movie also opened in the Spring, despite taking place during the holiday season. According to director David F. Sandberg, the second movie actually takes place during the summer, so at least we’re getting closer to getting things back on track, I guess…?
This isn’t the first time either movie has been shifted around in terms of releases; Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was originally scheduled for a December 16, 2022 release before being moved to the March 2023 date, with Shazam: Fury of the Gods being sent to replace it from its original June 2, 2023 release.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, the move might be good for both movies. Not only will Aquaman 2 get more time to finish without a last-minute effects rush, but the new Shazam 2 date means that it will have access to IMAX screens without having to compete with the second Avatar movie, Avatar: The Way of Water, which is currently scheduled for a December 16, 2022 release.
Untouched with all these schedule changes is The Flash, the troubled Ezra Miller vehicle that remains in place in its June 23, 2023 date.
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