In the midst of Warner Bros.’ huge DC movie shakeup, the release dates for Discovery, Aquaman 2, and Shazam 2 may be pushed back again. While the DCEU is striving to go ahead, things have changed with the completion of the Warner Bros. Merger of Discovery. There was a supposed makeover for DC films and TV series after Warner Bros. and Discovery joined to form the new amalgamated firm. The big cancellations of the Arrowverse hinted at DC’s new TV approach, but the plan for the cinema side remained unknown until recently.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. The Batgirl film, featuring Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, has been canceled by Discovery. Despite having finished principal production on March 31, the newly structured studio has officially canceled the DCEU project, which will not be released on HBO Max or in theaters. While Batgirl has been canceled, other DCEU films like Black Adam and Shazam! are still in the works. Fury of the Gods will be released later this fall. The highly awaited sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, featuring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, is set to enter theaters in 2023.
In the case of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, a potential delay might be attributed to the unexpected return of Ben Affleck’s Batman. Momoa said that Affleck, who was slated to play Batman in next year’s The Flash, was now filming new footage for the Aquaman sequel, with rumours stating that it was to replace Michael Keaton’s Batman, who was purportedly in this film. Why is Shazam! It’s unknown whether Fury of the Gods will be postponed from December 2022 to any time in 2023.
However, it appears that two of those DCEU projects may be postponed once again. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Warner Bros. Shazam! is being considered for relocation by Discovery. Fury of the Gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released on December 21, 2022 and March 17, 2023, respectively. The Hollywood Reporter did not specify the reason for the probable rescheduling, but both films have been in post-production for quite some time.
In collaboration with Warner Bros., Discovery has stated that their quarterly results will be held this week, and it’s probable that newly recruited CEO David Zaslav may clarify, confirm, or even disprove some of these stories, particularly those concerning Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam! The Gods’ Fury With this alleged date change, the controversy surrounding Ezra Miller’s The Flash, and the cancellation of Batgirl, the DCEU is in a strange state, causing many to question what the future of Warner Bros. holds. The vision of discovery for the DC IPs If otherwise stated, Shazam! Fury of the Gods will be released in theaters this December, followed by Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in March 2023.