Aquaman and Shazam on the way
This week Deadline got the scoop on Warner Bros.’ planned release calendar. Discovery, which reported that DC Comics’ superhero films “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” and “Shazam: Fury of the Gods” are being delayed.
The “Shazam” sequel was set to premiere on December 21, 2022, now it has been pushed back to March 17, 2023. The Aquaman sequel will now debut on Christmas Day 2023 after being pushed from the same March 17 date that Shazam has now pushed.
Deadline reported that the sequel to “Aquaman” is being pushed as it needs more time in post-production. A request for comment from Warner Bros. Discovery was not returned.
Meanwhile, the director of Shazam has his own theory as to why his film’s debut is being moved to March.
Warner’s studio segment isn’t the only one seeing uproar and change at HBO Max, one of the company’s direct-to-consumer products, and the company’s network segment.
The Lebron James-produced ‘House Party’ remake will hit theaters in December instead of being released on the streaming service as originally planned.
Warner Bros. vs. DCEU
DC Comics is one of the best purchases Warner Bros. has ever done.
Warner bought DC in 1969. Since then, the intellectual property of the comic book has resulted in some of the biggest hits Warner’s film and television production studios have ever seen.
Three of the top 5 highest-grossing Warner Bros. movies of all time are intellectual property of DC Comics. The 2018 original “Aquaman” is the second highest grossing WB film of all time with a box office of $1.14 billion.
But the studio has gone through numerous changes and now Warner is integrating its content with Discovery, which owns the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, the Food Network, HGTV and the Travel Channel.
DC tries to compete with old rivals Marvel Studios and Disney
(. Disney has dominated the box office for the past decade thanks to the expansive cinematic universe powered by Marvel Comics. DIS)
But despite the success of Aquaman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman at the box office, the studio has still failed to launch a universe on the same level as its biggest competitor.
Now fans will have to wait even longer for the Justice League to take flight.