Aquaman Set to Battle John Cena For Christmas 2018
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The John Cena led Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, will release December 21, 2018; the same day as Aquaman.
Paramount Pictures did the same thing to Wonder Woman with Transformers: The Last Knight.
Back then, Warner Bros. flinched and moved up Wonder Woman by a couple of weeks to avoid the juggernaut franchise.
In a twist of fate though, Wonder Woman absolutely slaughtered Transformers by more than tripling its domestic gross.
So the question now is whether or not Aquaman will be moved in response? WB should have the unflinching confidence to stand pat.
That coveted December release date is the one left vacant by Star Wars. Following The Last Jedi, the Star Wars films are abandoning the December weekend date for May.
The date was once held by Avatar 2. But the instant that that movie was delayed, WB snatched up the date for Aquaman. And now Paramount wants a piece of the pie too.
Is Aquaman a strong enough hero to go toe-to-toe with Transformers? Wonder Woman is a much more beloved character with an entire gender backing her up.
Aquaman's history goes back almost as far as Wonder Woman's but he was never the cultural icon that Wonder Woman was. It will be interesting to see whether Warner Bros. wavers.
Especially considering that due to various setbacks and scheduling problems, Aquaman is the only DCEU film to release in 2018.
Will they put their lone superhero movie of the year at risk? Even if it beats Transformers, the box office returns would still be lower than normal.
I wouldn't be surprised if Aquaman moved back just one week to take the typical Star Wars spot on December 14-15.
WB will want to protect their investment. They moved Batman v. Superman when it was going to compete with Civil War, and they moved Wonder Woman.
I think they will do it again, even if the Wonder Woman box office returns prove that they should fear no one. Not mummies, nor robots, pirates or minions.
It will also depend on how Aquaman is received in Justice League. Jason Momoa looks to be a standout that will popularize the character for modern audiences.
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