Sorry, DC fans; This one is going to hurt. After speculation that Warner Bros. may push Aquaman’s release date up, fans have just learned the opposite has happened. According to a report by Deadline, the much-anticipated movie will make its way into theaters on October 5, 2018 rather than in July.
Pre-production on Aquaman is already well underway as director James Wan has been sharing possible shooting locations with fans online. Just yesterday, the working title for the film was also made public thanks to Production Weekly. The film, which is being produced under the name ‘Ahab,’ looks like it has plenty left to do before Aquaman swims into cinemas.
Of course, this news many surprise some fans. Many had believed Warner Bros. would move up Aquaman’s release because of recent issues plaguing The Flash. The latter recently lost yet another director after Rick Famuyiwa parted from the project, so fans had hoped Aquaman may move up to take its release date.
Instead, Aquaman is now sitting in a date once left blank by Warner Bros. The date has been on the studio’s release schedule as an unnamed project, so it looks like Aquaman will simply take the spot for its own gain.
When Aquaman does wash ashore for fans, the film promises to thrill moviegoers with swashbuckling action. That is, according to the director. Wan recently said that the “spirit” of Aquman would be “a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story.”
"It's ultimately a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone,” he continued.
For now, fans will have to be patient as Aquaman finally heads into production. They will get to see the hero star in Justice League which is set to premiere next November. The ensemble flick will put Aquaman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and others onto a team to fend off a dangerous threat.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Batman v Superman & Suicide Squad are now on home video; Wonder Woman is coming on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.