— James Wan (@creepypuppet) March 16, 2017
While we’ll still get to see Jason Momoa rocking it out as Aquaman in Justice League this November as planned, his solo film will have to wait just a little bit more.
With shooting set to begin this May in Australia, Warner Bros. Pictures has moved the release date for Aquaman from October 5 next year, to December 21.
The date was previously owned by James Cameron’s first Avatar sequel, but since that movie won’t be reaching that release date either, Warner Bros. probably decided to maximize the revenue during the more lucrative Christmas season.
Director James Wan acknowledged the new release date wit a simple tweet:
The new release date also means Aquaman will now be squaring off against Sony Pictures untitled animated Spider-Man movie which will focus on Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker.
Warner Bros. still has a July, 2018 slot for a DC movie, but none of their currently in-development films have moved forward enough. Matt Reeves won’t be able to start production on The Batman until next July when War for the Planet of the Apes is released. The only other projects with confirmed directors at this moment are Gotham City Sirens which will be held by Suicide Squad‘s David Ayer, and Justice League Dark for which Doug Liman signed up.