Warner Bros. has once again delayed Aquaman from hitting the theaters. Instead of July 27 release, DC fans can expect to see it on December 21, 2018.
Not only will the delay cause some of the hype to fade but the film will also go other highly anticipated movie releases. This includes a seasoned superhero franchise in the form of Marvel’s still untitled Spiderman animated film. According to Movieweb, this will also mark the first time that a DC and Marvel film will compete in the box office.
Other releases slated for late 2018 include Disney’s remake of its hit classic Mary Poppins and Universal’s Mortal Engines. Fortunately for Warner Bros. James Cameron has also deferred the sequel to its highly successful film Avatar, giving the film much needed breathing room. Yahoo reported that Avatar 2 will instead be released the following year.
Still, this doesn’t change the fact that one of the DC Extended Universe’s films will have to wait another year. In contrast, Marvel Cinematic Universe releases continue as scheduled and are selling like pancakes to fans.
It also doesn’t help that Aquaman is not DC’s most loved character. The character has been the butt of most DC related jokes and is certainly not near as popular as the legendary Batman and Superman.
Aquaman Has A Change of Image
However, casting Jason Momoa as the title role seemed to have changed the fans’ image of the character. The actor’s rugged looks and role as Game of Thrones character Khal Drogo added depth to the character than someone who has the power to talk to fish.
In addition to Momoa, the cast also includes Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. Additionally, Nicole Kidman will play his mother Atlanna while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.
Still, delaying a film release does have its disadvantages for both producers and fans. This gives more time for Warner Bros. to create a better film and avoid the negative press that Batman vs. Superman garnered from critics.
Nevertheless, the DC Extended Universe needs to pick up the pace if it hopes to catch up to its rival. At the moment, Marvel is already working on its third Avengers film with a whopping half a billion dollar budget.
With these two franchises, as well as Sony’s X-Men franchise, it would be safe to say that we will have more than our fill of superhero movies for quite a while. After all, there are hundreds of great characters between them. Also, they already have legions of fans ready to fork out cash to see their heroes in the big screen. Stay tuned for update on new release date for Aquaman.
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