CINEMA: The director of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom reacts to the film’s delayed release by three months.

Today’s announce­ment that Warn­er Bros is delay­ing the release of Aqua­man and the Lost King­dom to March 2023 was­n’t exact­ly the news fans of Jason Momoa’s hero Jus­tice League want­ed to hear today. Along with oth­er films such as The Flash, Black Adam and Won­ka, the Aqua­man sequel received a big push in the list of upcom­ing releas­es as the stu­dio fol­lowed Dis­ney in hit­ting a reset but­ton on its entire sched­ule fol­low­ing the Covid pan­dem­ic delays. With many films rely­ing heav­i­ly on spe­cial effects, it seems not every­one is dis­ap­point­ed with the film’s delay.

Direc­tor James Wan respond­ed to Warn­er Bros. announce­ment on his Insta­gram, and it’s clear he does­n’t quite share the dis­ap­point­ment of DC fans every­where. Shar­ing an image of his office to mul­ti­ple screens, Wan explained that he was grate­ful to have three more months to fin­ish work on the film. He wrote:

Work­ing non-stop, day and night (at least 15 hours a day), on my direc­tor’s cut from home. Thank God for the big office!

For a film con­sist­ing almost entire­ly of visu­al effects, I’m grate­ful for the extra time need­ed to get this thing right. Work­ing with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new tech­nol­o­gy, I’m blown away by some of the ear­ly tests to come. I’m cau­tious­ly opti­mistic and excit­ed, and look for­ward to shar­ing when the time is right.

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