While much remains unclear about Warner Bros. Going forward, especially when it comes to exclusive theatrical releases, one thing is for sure: Aquaman 2 will be released in theaters. This, according to director James Wan, who has assured DC fans that Arthur Curry’s next solo adventure will indeed hit the big screen and not go straight to HBO Max. Or, at the very least, it won’t be only go to HBO Max.
This year, Warner Bros. rocked the industry by releasing its entire movie roster both in theaters and on HBO Max in the US on the same day. Meanwhile, the studio is developing quite a few films intended exclusively for the streaming world. As such, there may have been some talk about the status of Aquaman 2, which is set to begin filming soon. James Wan |, in a recent article exploring the future of Warner Bros. and theatrical releases, had this to say.
“This movie has to be played on the biggest screen in the world, and the studio has it too.”
So there we have it. This statement does not necessarily rule out the possibility of a same day release on HBO Max, although it seems highly unlikely. Warner Bros. has already promised that the strategy is only for 2021. From 2022, some films will indeed be released exclusively in theaters before moving on to streaming and / or home video. Although the exclusive theatrical windows are shorter than they were in the past. DC movies like The batman will have their day in court at the box office. Aquaman 2, it seems, will also fall into this category.
Meanwhile, DC movies such as Bat girl and Static shock, as good as Blue beetle, are currently scheduled to debut exclusively on HBO Max. What will or will change when the recently announced merger between Discover and WarnerMedia takes effect? That’s a question for another time.
This decision makes sense on paper. Aquaman, released in 2018, turned out to be a bigger hit than expected. With Jason Momoa reprising his role as DC Comics hero, having previously starred in Justice League, the film grossed $ 1.14 billion at the global box office. As hard as it sounds to believe, it is currently the highest grossing DC movie of all time. With theaters seeing an increase in traffic recently, we’ll no doubt be back to normal, or as close to the old normal as possible, by the time the sequel arrives. Warner Bros. would apparently be wise to capitalize on the strong appetite of moviegoers in this case.
The details of the plot remain largely a mystery for the sequel. Amber Heard will return as Mera and Patrick Wilson is also set to reprise his role as Orm. James Wan, the architect of Conspiracy the universe that led the first entry, will return to the helm. Aquaman 2 is currently slated to hit theaters on December 16, 2022. This news is reaching us via the Los Angeles Times.
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