'Aquaman 2' release date moves again: Complete story here!
Hotly-anticipated Jason Momoa starrer Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has moved its release date once again. The sequel to the Aquaman (2018) was initially set to release on December 2022, which Warner Brothers pushed to March 2023. Sources say the release date is now changed to December 25, 2023. As per reports, the sequel requires more time in post-production.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is not the only upcoming that is now postponed. Announcing the release date shakeup, Warner Bros revealed along with the Momoa starrer, Shazam!: Fury of the Gods is also moved to another date. Shazam! Fury of the Gods, a superhero film starring Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, and Jack Dylan Grazer, will open on the date previously set for the Aquaman sequel, March 2023.
The sequel is now rescheduled to be released on Christmas Day, 2023. Photo Source: Instagram
On its new scheduled date, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently standing ahead of the Star Wars spin-off Rogue Squadron, which is expected to debut on December 22, 2023. The somewhat disappointing calendar shuffle comes a little after Momoa reprised his role as Aquaman in the James Gunn-created Peacemaker, a John Cena and Danielle Brooks starrer.
In addition to the shakeup, two flicks, previously destined for HBO Max, have now relocated to be screened on the big screens; the reboot of New Line's House Party will open later this year, and The Conjuring spin-off sequel The Nun 2, will debut on September 8, 2023. Even with the heavily delayed date, there's no update on Aquaman's awaited trailer.
'Aquaman' grossed $1.148 billion against a budget of $160 to $200 million. Source: Warner Bros Pictures
The further delay comes just days after Momoa revealed his excitement to reunite with Ben Affleck in the sequel. Affleck is reportedly set to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The Game of Thrones alum confirmed Affleck's role in his forthcoming while gatekeeping Ben's part and the surprising but not unexpected crossover.
"It's just hugs and kisses. I love that guy. We get along too well. It’s very good to see him again," the Aquaman star said about his Justice League co-star. In addition to the buzzy sequel, Momoa is also gearing up for the release of the sci-fi adventure film Slumberland, currently scheduled to premiere on November 18, 2022, on Netflix.
Mort Weisinger's Aquaman hit the screen on November 26, 2018. The superhero film saw Momoa, starring as the titular Aquaman/ Arthur Curry, ascend to the throne after learning his true lineage. The superhero flick soon became the highest-grossing film based on any DC character. The Momoa and Amber Heard starrer raked a whopping $1.148 billion against a budget of $160 to $200 million.
The Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will have Willem Dafoe reprise his role as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Heard as Mera. Despite the incessant claim about Amber being fired from her role after her high-profile legal battle and loss against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, sources alleged Amber is still set to star. "The rumor mill continues as it has from day one — inaccurate, insensitive, and slightly insane," said Heard's spokesperson.