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 calendar, Warner Bros. announced that the Shazam sequel will now be released on March 17, 2023, instead of December 21, 2022. This March date was originally held by Aquaman 2 which will now be pushed back to December 25, 2023. No reason has been given for the delay and movies like Black Adam and The Flash appear to have kept their original release dates.
To alleviate the blow, WB has provided some new release dates for some upcoming films including Evil Dead Rise which will be coming on April 21, 2023, The Nun 2 which will be released on September 8, 2023, and A Christmas Story Christmas, a sequel to the holiday classic. A Christmas Story Christmas follows a grown-up Ralphie who must deal with the holidays again, but as a dad. This sequel is coming on November 17, 2022. Shazam! Fury of the Gods has already faced several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was originally scheduled to be released on April 1, 2022, before being moved to November 2022, then December. Aquaman was also set for 2022 before being delayed to 2023.
James Wan posted on social media that he’s glad the Aquaman sequel will have a holiday release like the first one and shared concept art for the movie on his Instagram page. Both sequels will see much of the original cast return, though Shazam 2 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 film delays come amid several shifting factors at Warner Bros. Discovery including the surprise cancellation of Batgirl, as well as ongoing questions over The Flash due to star Ezra Miller’s off-screen behavior. At least Black Adam is still scheduled to be released on October 21, 2022.