The release dates for the sequels of “Aquaman” and “Shazam” are being shuffled, as Warner Bros. Discovery tries to reduce costs following its expensive merger.
“Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which was scheduled for Dec. 21, has been pushed to March 17, 2023. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” which was set to debut on that March date is presently showing up on Christmas Day in 2023.
The release date shifts comes in the midst of a wild time for the recently formed Warner Bros. Discovery. CEO David Zaslav has been sloping up cost-cutting measures in recent weeks, including layoffs and content disposals from streaming service HBO Max.
This incorporates racking the $90 million “Batgirl” flick that was set to debut on the platform as well as eliminating almost 200 “Sesame Street” episodes and many different shows.
Almost certainly, the shift of the “Shazam” and “Aquaman” sequels are part of a comparable technique. Marketing theatrical releases is costly, so WarnerBros. Discovery is reasonable hoping to fan out these tentpole releases across two years.
After all, the Dwayne Johnson-led “Black Adam” is set to hit theaters Oct. 21. So rather than having three significant DC films released within the span of a half year, Warner Bros. Discovery will have five in 14 months. “The Flash” hits theaters June 23, 2023 and “Blue Beetle” shows up August 18, 2023.
Different changes to Warner Bros. Discovery’s release calendar incorporates dating “House Party” for Dec. 9, 2022, “Evil Dead Rise” for April 21, 2023 and “The Nun 2” for Sept. 8, 2023.
“Salem’s Lot,” which was expected out April 21, 2023 is currently at this point not on the release calendar.