This week has given us a great lot of news to talk about – from movies being pushed back (again) to the announcement of many more movies to come in the near future and, to gather it all up, here at Comic Book Debate we’ll be giving you all a quick recap of some of the entertainment news highlights that have dropped this week.
- Swamp Thing will premiere on May 31, exclusively on The DC Universe!
— Swamp Thing (@DCUSwampThing) May 6, 2019
- Walt Disney Studios announced its film release schedule:
Following the acquisition of Fox Studios, Disney changed their previously scheduled films and included a number of films from the other company, expanding their time at the theaters.
The Walt Disney Studios 2019 summer slate includes Disney’s Aladdin (May 24), Fox’s Dark Phoenix (June 7), Pixar’s Toy Story 4 (June 21), Fox’s Stuber (July 12), and Disney’s The Lion King (July 19). Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain moves up to August 9, and Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not will be released on on August 23, while other films move to later dates: Ad Astra (September 20, 2019) and Artemis Fowl (May 29, 2020).
The Studios’ 2019 slate rounds out with Fox’s The Woman in the Window on October 4 and Ford v. Ferrari on November 15, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on October 18 and Disney Animation’s Frozen 2 on November 22, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 20, and Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, moving will move from September to Christmas. In Early 2020, their releases will include Fox’s Underwater on January 10, a new addition to the Kingsman franchise on February 14, Call of the Wild on Feruary 21, followed by Pixar’s Onward on March 6, and Disney’s Mulan on March 27.
During the announcement, Disney also set release dates for their newly acquired franchise Avatar, as well as Star Wars. After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion, three new untitled Star Wars films will be released on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. Meanwhile, the four forthcoming Avatar films will be released on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021.
In the weeks before the holidays for 2020, Fox’s West Side Story adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, will debut December 18, while Disney’s Cruella is slated to open on Wednesday, December 23.
- Aquaman 2 is reportedly scheduled to premiere on December 16, 2022 and will have some stiff competition as according to Disney’s latest film slate, Aquaman 2 will be released on same day as an untitled Star Wars film.
So Disney has lined up a Star Wars movie date on the same date as the Aquaman sequel.
— TheFliteCast (@TheFliteCast) May 7, 2019
- Watchmen is set to debut this fall on HBO and a new trailer has arrived:
— Watchmen (@watchmen) May 8, 2019
- The Batwoman series for The CW is coming soon, yet no official date has been announced:
— Batwoman (@CWBatwoman) May 8, 2019
- Gambit is officially dead and New Mutants was pushed back, yet again.
After the release of their new schedule, Disney has confirmed that they have no plans whatsoever in continuing with the production of the solo Gambit flick. The film was which was scheduled for March 2020 is now nowhere to be seen on the new release schedule.
Another X-Men franchise film that was pushed back was New Mutants, going from their planned premiere in 2019 to an April 3, 2020 release date.
It’s safe to assume it will take a while before the mutants share their space with the MCU, even after this Disney/Fox merger.
- Michael Rooker is in talks to play King Shark in ‘The Suicide Squad‘:
It’s not news to anyone that Michael Rooker is likely to be seen in James Gunn’s films, and after the director joined the DCEU with the sequel for Suicide Squad, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Rooker is in talks to join the film.
Currently, the sequel is set to hit theatres on August 6, 2021.
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) May 9, 2019