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Potential “Shazam,” “Aquaman” Sequel Delays?

Potential “Shazam,” “Aquaman” Sequel Delays?

Potential Shazam Aquaman Sequel Delays
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A feature THR article going into HBO Max’s “Batgirl” film being shelved at Warner Bros. Discovery has offered some new information about what happened and how some other upcoming DC films could be affected.

First up, the report shoots down talk of disastrous test screenings. According to their sources, only a very early version of the film with temp VFX and score was screened and it was only once.

Said screening landed a score in the low 60s, a score comparable to early test screenings for the first “IT” movie and an early test for the upcoming “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”.

The film’s cancellation also reportedly diminishes the role of Michael Keaton in the DC Universe going forward. The actor’s return to the Bruce Wayne role was being positioned as an elder statesman who could pop up in multiple films and is said to have been at the center of a splashy action sequence in “Batgirl”.

The report indicates Keaton also filmed a scene for the upcoming “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, which test audiences found confusing. Last week it was revealed Ben Affleck was filming a scene for the film as Bruce Wayne, suggesting Keaton has been replaced with Affleck’s version of the character.

Such a move seemingly leaves only Keaton’s key role in the Ezra Miller-led “The Flash” to have survived. That film is currently slated for June 2023, but talk is swirling that Warners is considering moving the release dates for both “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (currently December 21st) and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (currently March 17th 2023).

There’s also still no answer of any kind on the fate of the “Blue Beetle” film starring Xolo Mariduena (“Cobra Kai”) in the lead role. That project was developed for HBO Max before being upgraded to a theatrical release in December.

Again, it’s hoped tomorrow’s Warner Bros. Discovery earnings call will offer some insight as to where things will go from here.

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