The only DCEU movie to earn over a billion dollars worldwide is James Wan’s Aquaman. It is supreme for numerous reasons: Atlantians riding seahorses and sharks, eerie deep-sea monsters, and crab people! Shazam! also hinted at a fun element, but in Aquaman, nearly every shot features jaw-dropping special effects.
The film opens with an introduction to Jason Momoa’s character, Arthur Curry, setting the tone for the rest of the ’80s action camp. With a hunk, one-liners, and action punctuated by punctuation, Aquaman is a total tribute to action films from the 1980s.
Not too long after Justice League, the film finds Arthur finding it difficult to acknowledge his obligations to both the people of Earth and Atlantis. He defends the ocean until his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) orchestrates a battle with the surface, at which point fate summons him to intervene in Atlantian royal affairs.
While the plot is identical to DC’s 2015 New 52 animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Aquaman adapts it with a unique flair. Choosing quality over quantity, DC has not hurried the creative team on a sequel after a hasty attempt to put its cast of heroes on the screen produced mediocre reviews and reactions.
Wan began revealing details about his plans for the upcoming Aquaman sequel, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom, last year. This is the only place you need to know anything about Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom.
When Is Aquaman 2 Coming Out?
The current release date for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is December 22, 2023. The original release date of the film was December 20, 2023, two days earlier.
The movie is currently premiering in front of the biography The Iron Claw, the animated animation Migration, and the romantic comedy Anyone But You starring Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney.
This isn’t the first time the movie has been delayed; on December 16, 2022, it was supposed to be released, but it was moved to March 17, 2023. The movie was originally scheduled for December 25, 2023, however, it was later moved up a few days and then moved forward by two days.
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Watch the Trailer for Aquaman 2
On September 14, 2023, we saw the first teaser for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The teaser features Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa, narrating it as we witness how much his life has changed after the events of the last movie.
He fights Black Manta, who has returned to exact revenge, but the more things change, the more they remain the same. You can read this comprehensive post for a complete analysis of the trailer.
Although there aren’t any more trailers yet, you can view some newly leaked photos below, including one that features Black Manta and another that showcases an extremely special collaboration. See the trailer below:
Who Stars in Aquaman 2?
King of Atlantis Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Jason Momoa, makes a comeback. One day prior to the start of his first day of filming in London, Momoa announced on his Instagram account that he would be bleaching and highlighting his hair once more.
Khal Curry most recently revealed the first glimpse of a new costume for the updated photo. The new, sleeker, darker stealth outfit and the garish, elaborate gold and green armor that Aquaman managed to preserve are interchangeable for viewers to swipe between.
Apart from the softer color palette, the suite has fewer beveles, no gauntlets, and no fins on the boots. Jason Momoa disclosed that he contributed to the scripting of the draft that Wan and writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick would later refine and finish in an interview on The Drew Barrymore Show in May 2021.
Amber Heard is making a comeback as the Atlantean who can bend water, Mera. Heard returned to the role for extra filming for Zack Snyder’s Justice League and is once more taking on the role for Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom, despite the drama of high-profile courtrooms and tabloids. See the Tweet about Aquaman 2:
The new trailer for ‘AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM’ has been released.
In theaters on December 22. pic.twitter.com/mvsm9y1avd
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) November 20, 2023
In preparation for this superhero movie, she shared a video clip of herself spinning staff and a picture of herself performing suspended push-ups. Heard allegedly plays a smaller role in the follow-up, a revelation that has angered some online users as well as the actor.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, James Wan did, however, clarify that part of the idea has always been to move on from Mera. Specifically, Wan stated:
“It’s fair that she said that [about Mera being pared down], because she wasn’t in my head as I was working on this movie. Actors don’t necessarily know what we [directors] behind the scenes are thinking about. But this was always my plan. From the start, I pitched that the first film would be a ‘Romancing the Stone’-type thing – an action-adventure romantic comedy – while the second would be an outright buddy comedy. I wanted ‘Tango & Cash!’”
Orm, played by Patrick Wilson, is also coming back. Wilson shared a picture of himself in a sweatsuit from April.
Not only does Aquaman have a new appearance, but James Wan also revealed the first glimpse of Orm, who appears more like a toned Cast Away than an Ocean Master. Willem Dafoe as Nuidis, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin are among the other returning cast members.
Indya Moore (Pose) as Karshon, Jann Zhao as Stingray, Vincent Regan (300) as Atlan, and Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones) in an unspecified role are among the new cast members.
What Is the Plot of Aquaman 2?
At the DC FanDome panel in August 2020, Wan stated,
“The second one is a little bit more serious, a little more relevant to the world we’re living in today. That’s where it wants to go.”
While hints of a changed tone make moviegoers who love the film for its corny fun shiver in fear, Wan’s insistence on holding off on moving forward until the story and script were perfect should give them unwavering faith.
In an August 2021 interview, Wan discussed his choice to go a darker route for the follow-up in a little more detail:
“Well, the first movie took a lot of people by surprise, right? And that’s partially because they were not familiar with the comic book, which deals in this very lurid, strange world…People were taken aback that I didn’t throw all that stuff away and make a dark, heavy film. But I didn’t feel that would have been right for it. So, with the second film, I feel it will be easier for people to accept where we go because I’ve already laid the foundation.”
The director also discussed the Italian horror movie Planet of the Vampires from 1965 as one of his inspirations for the movie. The crew of a spaceship engages in combat with one another on a strange planet while disembodied entities take control of their bodies and thoughts in this campy, science-fiction horror film.
It’s reasonable to assume that some of Wan’s influence found its way into the shadowy and enigmatic waters of the DCEU, following the development and release of Malignant, his Giallo-inspired slasher that Collider termed, in the best possible manner, crazy.
Additionally, Wan has made posts with particular clues about Necrus, the lost kingdom of Atlantis. Defeated against Atlantis, Necrus is a disappearing city in the comic. It vanishes and resurfaces in other locations thanks to the miracle of technology.
Given that this movie would be the last in the DCEU, Wan made hints regarding the difficulties of producing a follow-up. You can follow our Twitter account for more updates on our current episodes, other future shows, and series.