While many questions remain about Warner Bros. going forward, especially when it comes to exclusive theatrical releases, one thing is for sure: Aquaman 2 It will be released in theaters. This, according to director James Wan, who has assured DC fans that Arthur Curry’s next solo adventure will be released on the big screen and will not go directly to HBO Max. Or at least it won’t just go to HBO Max.
This year, Warner Bros. revolutionized the industry by releasing its entire lineup of films both in theaters and on HBO Max in the US on the same day. Meanwhile, the studio is developing quite a few films aimed exclusively at the world of streaming. As such, there may be some question about the status of Aquaman 2, which is expected to begin filming soon. James Wan |, in a recent piece exploring the future of Warner Bros. and theatrical releases, he had this to say.
“This movie has to be played on the biggest screen in the world, and the studio succeeds too.”
So there we have it. That statement doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of a same-day release on HBO Max, although it seems highly unlikely. Warner Bros. already promised that the strategy was for 2021 only. Starting in 2022, certain movies will play exclusively in theaters before moving to streaming and / or home video. Although the exclusive theatrical windows will be shorter than in the past. DC movies like The batman you will have your day in court at the box office. Aquaman 2It appears to fall into that category as well.
Meanwhile, DC movies like Bat girl Y Static shock, as well as Blue beetle, is currently expected to debut exclusively on HBO Max. What will happen or change when the recently announced merger between Discover and WarnerMedia takes effect? That is a question for another time.
This decision makes sense on paper. Aquaman, launched in 2018, turned out to be a bigger hit than expected. With Jason Momoa reprising his role as the DC Comics hero, having previously appeared in League of Justice, the film earned an impressive $ 1.14 billion at the worldwide box office. As hard as it may be to believe, it is the highest grossing DC movie of all time today. Given that movie theaters have seen an increase in traffic recently, we’ll certainly be back to normal, or as close to old normal as possible, by the time the sequel hits. Warner Bros. apparently would do well to capitalize on the strong appetite of moviegoers in this case.
Plot details remain largely mysterious 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 The spell universe that led the first entry, will return to the helm. Aquaman 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2022. This news comes to us via Los Angeles Times.
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