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Report: Warner Bros. abandons Aquaman sequel just three months before release

 September 12, 2023

With a mere three months before the film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is slated for a cinematic release on Dec. 20, the noticeable absence of any significant promotional activity has spurred gossip that Warner Bros. has abandoned the film.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the sequel to Warner Bros.'s 2018 blockbuster Aquaman, which amassed $335 million in domestic earnings and a whopping $1.14 billion globally, as the Daily Mail reported.

Resuming his pivotal role is Jason Momoa, who is joined by actress Amber Heard, portraying Mera.

Previous Speculations on Postponements

Gossip mills in July churned out whispers that Warner Bros. was contemplating delaying releases of films like Dune Part Two, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and The Color Purple to 2024, attributing the fact to the ongoing strike between writers and actors' unions.

Members of these unions have been prohibited from endorsing work done for companies impacted by the strikes.

Though Dune Part Two saw its premiere move from Nov. 3, 2023, to March 15, 2024, both The Color Purple and Aquaman 2 have thus far remained on track for release.

A tweet from user @TheComixKid over the past weekend pondered if Warner Bros. has withheld a promotional budget for the superhero follow-up. @TheComixKid's statement was in response to @WhenBatmenFly's observation regarding the absence of an Aquaman 2 trailer.

@TheComixKid replied, "Because they know it's bad, they know it'll lose money, and they aren't putting a marketing budget behind it at all." The authenticity of @TheComixKid's source remains undetermined.

Contrast with Original Aquaman's Promotion

To highlight the peculiar silence, another social media denizen, @NebsGoodTakes, showcased the brief 30-second snippet of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom that the public has seen so far.

This footage was initially a teaser for Warner Bros.'s 2022 lineup of DC Comics movies unveiled in February 2022. At that time, the film's release date was Dec. 16, 2022.

Rumors suggest that Warner Bros. might still reschedule Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to 2024, which could clarify the promotional vacuum. Nevertheless, as of now, no such announcement has been made.

For context, Warner Bros. commenced promotions for the original Aquaman at CinemaCon 2017 even before the cameras started rolling.

Filming began in May 2017, and snippets of the first footage were exhibited by director James Wan at San Diego Comic-Con in July of that year.

However, the official trailer was held back until the following year's San Diego Comic-Con in July 2018, five months ahead of its theatrical debut.

The Final Curtain for Walter Hamada's DC Era

With Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on the horizon, this promotional silence has been a source of unease for numerous enthusiasts.

It's vital to recognize that this sequel is the concluding movie of the former DC Studios era led by Walter Hamada.

The dawn of a new era under DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran begins with Superman: Legacy, with David Corenswet donning the Man of Steel cape, a film which is due for a July 11, 2025 release.