You get the sense that if it wasn’t for bad news from Warner Bros, there would be no news from them at all. They’re delaying two of their movies again, Shazam: Fury Of The Gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Shazam 2 was, before today, scheduled to come out this holiday season, but instead has been bumped to March 17, 2023. This, in turn, has bumped the Aquaman sequel intended for that day all the way into NEXT December — so no one will see it for eighteen months. That makes for a huge span of time between it and the first Aquaman movie.
At this point Shazam has been all over the calendar: it’s been delayed, moved up and now moved back. But believe it or not, this time the delay is a good thing. In fact, it’s the only smart decision WB has made all year so far. Had Shazam: Fury Of The Gods stuck to its December 16, 2022 release date, it would have been in direct competition with Avatar 2. No one really knows how Cameron’s sequel is going to perform, and a lot of armchair critics are skeptical, but they were also skeptical of Avatar 1 and were proven wrong. It’s wise of Levi’s hero to steer clear of those blue guys.
Here’s the dumb side to all this, though: with Shazam out of the way, WB only has TWO movies to release for the rest of 2022: The Rock’s Black Adam, and something called Don’t Worry Darling that looks like “The Stepford Husbands” and comes out next month. Maybe Batgirl or Scoob: Holiday Haunt could have been bumped to theaters and filled that gap, but…nope. They kind of need cash and are directing themselves as far away from cash as they can. Don’t look at the performance of their stock right now, it’s ugly.