‘Aquaman,’ ‘Shazam’ held off amidst WarnerBros Discovery slate shuffle

'Aquaman,' 'Shazam' postponed amid Warner Bros. Discovery slate shuffle

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The release dates for the follows up to “Aquaman” and “Shazam” are being mixed, as WarnerBros Discovery looks for to cut expenses following its costly merger.

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which was slated forDec 21, has actually been pressed to March 17,2023 “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” which was set to debut on that March date is now getting here on Christmas Day in 2023.

The release date shifts comes amidst a troubled time for the freshly formed WarnerBros Discovery. CEO David Zaslav has actually been increase cost-cutting steps in current weeks, consisting of layoffs and content removals from streaming service HBO Max.

This consists of shelving the $90 million “Batgirl” flick that was set to debut on the platform along with getting rid of almost 200 “Sesame Street” episodes and lots of other programs.

It’s most likely that the shift of the “Shazam” and “Aquaman” follows up become part of a comparable method. Marketing theatrical releases is expensive, so WarnerBros Discovery is most likely aiming to expand these tentpole launches throughout 2 years.

After all, the Dwayne Johnson- led “Black Adam” is set to strike theaters Oct21 So rather of having 3 significant DC movies launched within the period of 6 months, WarnerBros Discovery will have 5 in 14 months. “The Flash” strikes theaters June 23, 2023 and “Blue Beetle” shows up August 18, 2023.

Other modifications to WarnerBros Discovery’s release calendar consists of dating “House Party” forDec 9, 2022, “Evil Dead Rise” for April 21, 2023 and “The Nun 2” forSept 8, 2023.

“Salem’s Lot,” which was due out April 21, 2023 is now no longer on the release calendar.