A spoiler-free discussion.
The release of the DC: The World Needs Heroes trailer during the Superbowl Halftime Show sent shockwaves throughout the fandom, as many an eager fan took to Twitter to express their excitement at the prospect of receiving not one but four DC Comics films this year. However, in a sudden turn of events, the studio behind the projects has since reshuffled the release dates of these films, moving them around in a shocking twist that has upset the once elated fandom.
Save for The Batman, which was released on its promised date, the remaining three films: Black Adam, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, have all seen their release dates revised under the most strangest of circumstances. The new release dates for the films are as follows: Black Adam, which was originally scheduled to release on July 29th, 2022, has now been rescheduled for October 21st, 2022. The Flash initially had a release date of November 4th, 2022, but is now being reported to have been pushed back all the way to June 23rd, 2023. Finally, the Aquaman sequel, which was scheduled to release on December 16th, 2022, has now been relocated to a March 17th, 2023 date.
The reason given by the studio in regards to the reshuffling of these release dates is due to Covid-19 delays, leaving much of the CGI effects incomplete and therefore causing the films not to be able to meet their original deadlines. Despite the studio confirming this to be their reasoning, there have been plenty of fan theories floating about that seem to believe that there is another reason to be explored as to why these delays are happening.
According to online scoopers, this reason is none other than to add “reshoots” to the films. Although we cannot confirm or deny the details from these scoopers, their theories are still worth investing time in.
The reason this theory of reshoots cropped up is that the fandom believes that the ongoing Discovery and Warner Bros. merger might be having an effect on the DCEU as a whole. The theory is that Discovery are not too pleased with the direction that the current DCEU is taking, as it is moving away from the vision ultimately created by Zack Snyder, and with the monumental success that is Zack Snyder’s Justice League, scoopers believe that these reshoots to the three films are being made in order to make the films fall in line with what Snyder had envisioned.
If this theory is to believed, then it is an exciting one at that, as it finally gives us Snyder fans the necessary hope that the Snyderverse will be restored very soon. Until that time comes, we shall wait with bated breath to see if the scoopers are right.