In yet another alarming shake-up within the DCEU and Warner Bros. Discovery, it has now been announced that two of the most anticipated DC movies Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam! Fury of the Gods are having their release dates pushed back, yet again!
James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been pushed back more than eight months from March 17, 2023 to December 25, 2023 and Fury of the Gods, which was scheduled to come out on December 21, 2022 is now scheduled for Aquaman 2‘s old date, March 17, 2023.
It seems like these shake-ups are becoming a regular occurrence since David Zaslav took over as the current President and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, between shelving Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt, reportedly to reap some tax write-offs, canceling projects like the animated original, Driftwood, removing shows like Close Enough, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Infinity Train and numerous others.
Zaslav also cancelled six animated projects which were originally being produced for HBO Max: Merry Little Batman, The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie, Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical, Did I Do That to The Holidays: A Steve Urkel Story, The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie and the much anticipated J.J. Abrams and Bruce Timm’s Batman: Caped Crusader.
Aquaman 2 was originally set for release on December 16, 2022, but was moved to the March 2023 date when Warner Bros. adjusted its release schedule due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the workload of visual effects vendors. It was further moved to its current December 25, 2023 date due to the necessity of additional post-production time.
The film is directed by James Wan from a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, and stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman alongside Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods was originally set for release on April 1, 2022, before it was delayed to November 4, 2022, and then to June 2, 2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was then moved up to December 16, 2022 when other projects were pushed back. Now it’s been pushed back to March 17, 2023, leaving The Rock’s Black Adam to be the last DC film to be released in 2022 when it smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning October 19, 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022.
The sequel to 2019’s well-received Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan, and stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou, and Helen Mirren. In the film, a family of teenage heroes led by Billy Batson/Shazam fight the daughters of Atlas.
While Zaslov has been making huge sweeping and controversial cuts throughout Warner Bros. content, it’s been made clear that he’s actually pretty psyched about these upcoming theatrical releases and said recently during Warner Bros. Discovery‘s Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Call, “We have some great DC films coming up, Black Adam, Shazam and The Flash. And we are working on all of those. We’re very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they are terrific.”
He also mentioned Aquaman as one of the brands that “are known everywhere in the world,” and has “the ability to drive those all over the world with a great story,” which “is a big opportunity” for Warner Bros. Discovery.