The sequels to ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam’ have been postponed as a result of Warner Bros. Discovery slate shuffle.
The release dates for “Aquaman” and “Shazam” sequels are being rescheduled as Warner Bros. Discovery seeks to cut costs following its costly merger.
“Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which was supposed to be released on December 21, has been pushed back to March 17, 2023. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” which was supposed to be released in March, will now be released on Christmas Day in 2023.
The release date changes come at a difficult time for Warner Bros. Discovery, which was recently formed. In recent weeks, CEO David Zaslav has increased cost-cutting measures, including layoffs and content removals from HBO Max.
This includes the cancellation of the $90 million “Batgirl” film, as well as the removal of nearly 200 “Sesame Street” episodes and dozens of other shows.
The shift of the “Shazam” and “Aquaman” sequels is most likely part of a similar strategy. Because marketing theatrical releases is expensive, WarnerBros. Discovery is likely to spread out these tentpole releases over the course of two years.
After all, Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” is set to hit theatres on October 21. Instead of three major DC films being released in six months, Warner Bros. Discovery will have five in 14 months. “The Flash” will be released in theatres on June 23, 2023, and “Blue Beetle” will be released on August 18, 2023.
Other changes to Warner Bros. Discovery’s release schedule include the dates of “House Party” on December 9, 2022, “Evil Dead Rise” on April 21, 2023, and “The Nun 2” on September 8, 2023.
“Salem’s Lot,” which was scheduled to be released on April 21, 2023, is no longer on the schedule.