James Wan has confirmed why Warner Bros. opted to delay Jason Momoa’s highly anticipated Aquaman sequel.
Despite The Batman smashing the box office during its opening weekend, Warner Bros. decided to delay several high-profile DC films into 2023. The bombshell announcement sent waves across fandoms who meditated on why the studio would push several assured box office hits. While it’s hard to pinpoint why every film from The Flash to Black Adam (still set to arrive later this year) were pushed, director James Wan has confirmed why Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom won’t be making its planned December date.
Taking to Facebook, director James Wan admitted that he was thankful to receive extra time to work on the Aquaman sequel, which he is currently working on at home.
Collider’s Steven Wintraub responded to the post by discussing how he thought the film’s delay was likely due to VFX-related issues. Wan (via The Direct) replied to Weintraub’s comment, revealing how he would love the originally slated Christmas shot but couldn’t make it due to filming only wrapping up in January.
Weintraub: “I figured the release date move had to do with VFX. I’ve heard every movie and show is cutting it very very close to release date with final shots.”
Wan: “Honestly, I couldn’t make the December release as much as I love the Christmas slot. I literally just finished shooting 2 months ago in January.”
Here is the synopsis for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom:
When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.
Directed by James Wan, the upcoming sequel stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Arthur Curry, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Vincent Regan as Atlan, Jani Zaho as Stingray, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk in an unknown role.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit theaters on March 17, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news on director James Wan’s upcoming DC sequel, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.