Warner Bros. Discovery has pushed back the release dates for two of its big DC releases, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
In an updated schedule, Warner Bros. announced that the Shazam sequel will now be released on March 17, 2023, down from December 21, 2022. That March date was originally held by Aquaman 2 which will now be pushed back to December 25, 2023.
No reason was given for the delay and movies like Black Adam and The Flash appear to have kept their original release dates.
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To soften the blow, WB has provided new release dates for some upcoming films, including Evil Dead Rise which will be released on April 21, 2023, The Nun 2 which will be released on September 8, 2023 and A Christmas Story Christmas, a sequel to the classic holidays.
A Christmas Story Christmas follows an adult Ralphie who has to deal with the holidays again, but as a father. This sequel arrives November 17, 2022.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods has already faced several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was originally scheduled for release on April 1, 2022, before being moved to November 2022, and then to December. Aquaman was also scheduled for 2022 before being delayed to 2023.
James Wan posted on social media that he was happy the Aquaman sequel had a holiday version like the premiere and shared concept art for the film on his Instagram page.
Both sequels will see much of the original cast return, though Shazam 2 has added new villains like Lucy Liu’s Kalypso and Helen Mirren’s Hespera. Aquaman 2 will also include Ben Affleck reprising his role as Batman.
The DC movie delays come amid several shifting factors at Warner Bros. Discovery, including the surprise cancellation of Batgirl, as well as ongoing questions about The Flash due to star Ezra Miller’s off-screen behavior.
At least Black Adam is still set to release on October 21, 2022.
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