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9/30/2020 • 4 min read
Casting Jason Momoa as Aquaman as one of the most spot-on decisions that Zack Snyder made while he was in charge of DC‘s big screen universe. The first solo movie featuring Aquaman, directed by James Wan, is one of the most entertaining movies to come out of the modern DC movie era, and now the sequel is on the way.
AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM develops some of the family conflicts from the original movie while observing as Arthur Curry (Momoa) forges an uneasy alliance in order to defeat a returning foe. We don't have a trailer to share yet, but there is a new release date. Here's everything you need to know about AQUAMAN 2.
The AQUAMAN sequel will open exclusively in movie theatres on December 25, 2023. The original movie was a December release as well. While we don't like having to wait until Christmas of 2023 for AQUAMAN 2, it will be a nice present for fans when it does arrive.
There's no full trailer for AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM just yet. Since the movie has been bumped to Christmas of '23, we probably won't see one soon, either. Things have changed with respect to how far out trailers are released. Since Warner Bros. and DC have two other movies coming out first, BLACK ADAM and SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS, it might be a while longer before we see a new AQUAMAN trailer. Maybe there will be something with SHAZAM.
That said, there's just a bit of footage in this one promo reel from WB and DC. As you can see, this dates from when AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM was still set to close out WB's calendar for 2022. Now it has been pushed a year.
Even without a trailer, we have some story details thanks to Cinemacon, where some AQUAMAN 2 footage was shown. We understand that this sequel will follow Aquaman as he cautiously works together with his estranged brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), in a battle against Black Manta. Trial details from Johnny Depp's defamation case brought against Amber Heard revealed that this movie "was always pitched as a buddy comedy between Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson."
With a new ship and seemingly some new powers, Black Manta might have someone else on his side, too, but we don't know who that could be at this point.
So who is in AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM? Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are givens, with what you've already read in mind so far. As far as we know, Amber Heard will appear as Princess Mera, and Willem Dafoe will return as Nuidis Vulko. Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman should all appear as well.
Additionally, Randall Park plays Dr. Stephen Shin, who is desperate to find Atlantis and seemingly aids Black Manta. Vincent Regan plays Atlan, the first king of Atlantis, while Jani Zhao appears as Stingray and Indya Moore is Karshon. Finally, Pilou Asbæk has an undisclosed role.
As of late July 2022, yes, it seems that Ben Affleck will appear in AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM. Jason Momoa posted the news to Instagram, along with a photo of Affleck wearing a suit that very much looks like something his version of Bruce Wayne would wear. Momoa's caption specifically says "REUNITED bruce and arthur" — capitalization his — which confirms Bruce Wayne at least.
Whether or not we'll actually see Affleck back in costume as Batman is another question entirely. We knew that Affleck would appear in THE FLASH, so it's great to know he's showing up in AQUAMAN 2 as well.
Here's where things might get confusing. Michael Keaton returns as Batman in THE FLASH, which is a multiverse crossover story. Furthermore, there was a plan to have Keaton appear in other DC movies, potentially as a sort of Nick Fury character for DC. He was going to show up in the now-canceled BATGIRL movie, too.
In fact, AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM reportedly had at least one Michael Keaton scene — but with Affleck shooting at least one scene for the movie, there's now reason to wonder if Keaton's scene is being cut, with Affleck's version of Batman showing up instead.
THE TRENCH is no longer being made. At one point, there were plans for an AQUAMAN spinoff based on the visually arresting "Trench" sequence from the first movie. As it turns out, that movie was going to be a "secret" Black Manta solo movie. But it was canceled… perhaps some of the ideas from THE TRENCH ended up in AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM?
We don't know all of the details, but early reports say that the AQUAMAN 2 story was originally pitched to director James Wan by star Jason Momoa. Perhaps that makes the "buddy comedy with Aquaman and Orm" angle more understandable — after spending a movie at one another's throats, maybe Momoa and Patrick Wilson wanted to work together?
Regardless, the story passed to AQUAMAN writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who also worked with Wan on some of the CONJURING movies, and he has credit for the script. While Wan wasn't originally confirmed to return he could not say no in the end, and has been working feverishly on AQUAMAN 2 ever since.
All images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
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