‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ and ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Delayed: Some HBO Max Movies Are Getting Theatrical Releases

If you thought that things at Warner Bros. Discovery couldn’t get any worse, well… Apparently, the studio only has enough money to release two movies this year, Don’t Worry Darling and Black Adam, which will both release on time, because of its restructuring of the organization, which has made the studio lose more than $20 billion in market cap, when they were trying to cut $3 billion in costs!

However, the studio will also release Calmatic’s House Party reboot in theatres at the end of the year. Initially planned as an HBO Max original for a July release, the movie was shelved indefinitely and was rumored to be written off like Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Hunt, but will release on December 9 in cinemas.

Another HBO Max original, Evil Dead Rise, will be releasing in theatres on April 21, 2023. Here’s hoping Magic Mike’s Last Dance also gets a theatrical release, alongside Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Hunt. C’mon Warner Bros, you know this is the right thing to do. Speaking of Batgirl, directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah released a video on Instagram explaining what went down, stating at the beginning that “our movie won’t be cancelled.”

In terms of already established theatrical releases, Shazam! Fury of the Gods has now moved to March 25, 2023. Even if Warner Bros. wasn’t bought by Discovery, putting it against Avatar: The Way of the Water wasn’t their best move. Releasing it during the spring seems like a sound decision, meaning that the movie will be able to release in IMAX, but that means pushing back Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which will now release on December 25, 2023. As of right now, The Flash is still coming out in June, which now means that Ben Affleck’s reshot post-credit scene from Aquaman is now scrapped and replaced with Michael Keaton’s original scene? What a mess.

In other news, The Nun 2 now has a release date. The latest installment in The Conjuring franchise will release in cinemas on September 8, 2023, while the Salem’s Lot readaptation now has a TBD release date, initially slated to come out this year, and then pushed back to April 21, 2023. Warner Bros. has also slated an untitled event film, to come out on February 10, 2023. Batgirl? One can dream…

Source: Deadline


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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