Friday, April 12, 2024

Final Pre-James Gunn DC Comics Film “Aquaman 2” Comes Friday, Had Stealth Premiere Without Star Amber Heard: A Box Office Bust?


Like it or not, “Aquaman 2” is coming on Friday.

Yes, today is Tuesday and there are no reviews. The press is seeing it tomorrow morning. Cutting it close? You bet.

Last night– Monday — Warner Bros. had a bit of a stealth premiere in Los Angeles at the Grove. This was called a “fan event.” Star Jason Momoa was present. Star Amber Heard was not. Sources told me the studio did it this way to avoid having Heard and her Johnny Depp problems swamp the red carpet.

No one has high expectations for “Aquaman 2.” They think it will follow “The Flash” to a watery grave. Then the new James Gunn- Peter Sacs fran era will begin at DC Comics productions. The pair of execs (and Gunn is a famous director) are gutting the building and starting over.

If “Aquaman” drowns at the box office Warner Bros can take it in stride. They’ve got a great hit with “Wonka,” and another with “The Color Purple.” At this point they’ll probably be happy with whatever happens. But the movie should do well with teens and boys, especially. It’s not like they’re going to see “Maestro.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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