It will take a few more months for Aquaman 2 to arrive, but we are starting to learn more about the new sequel as information is coming out from the deep sea. Similar to the first movie, the second installment is directed by James Wan and co-written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who also contributed to the script of the previous film. James Wan and Peter Safran, the co-head of DC Studios, have collaborated as producers for this film.
The most recent updates about Aquaman 2
During 2023’s CinemaCon, attendees were treated to new footage from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The footage showcased Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s character, Black Manta, wielding the powerful Black Trident, which is a source of great power. It also explored the complex relationship between Arthur Curry and Patrick Wilson’s character, Orm, who is portrayed as the brother in the film. While there were debates surrounding Amber Heard’s involvement in the sequel due to her well-known legal battle with Johnny Depp, the new footage briefly showed Heard reprising her role as Mera in the upcoming film. Despite the excitement generated by the release of this new footage, there may be challenges ahead for the Aquaman sequel.
While details about the plot of Aquaman 2 are currently limited, the studios have provided an official synopsis. It states that when an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman finds himself forming an uneasy alliance with an unexpected ally. Their mission is to safeguard Atlantis and the world from irreparable destruction.
Judging from the plot synopsis and the initial trailer, the forthcoming sequel will introduce a new antagonist. An evil character emerges from the depths of the ocean, seeking to obtain a powerful weapon called the Black Trident. This weapon is believed to have been created by a vanished civilization. Interestingly, Aquaman’s unlikely ally in this adventure is his half-brother, Orm. This raises the question: Can Aquaman and his half-brother put aside their conflicts and collaborate to safeguard Atlantis and the planet?
Necrus is essentially a darker version of Atlantis. It is an underwater city governed by a tyrant who desires to conquer the surface world. However, this realm is inherently unstable and only exists intermittently due to the influence of an alien satellite. It is possible that Necrus could be the “lost kingdom” referred to in the title of the Aquaman sequel.
Aquaman’s Main Cast Members Are Returning For The Lost Kingdom
The majority of the cast from the previous Aquaman movie will be returning for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Jason Momoa will star once again as the main character, Arthur Curry, also known as Aquaman, who is the King of Atlantis. Patrick Wilson will reprise his role as Orm Marius, Curry’s brother and the former King of Atlantis. Amber Heard will return as Mera, the daughter of King Nereus. Also, Willem Dafoe will also come back as Nuidis Vulko, Curry’s mentor. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will portray the villain, David Kane, also known as Black Manta. Dolph Lundgren, Randall Park, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman will also make a comeback as King Nereus, Dr. Stephen Shin, Thomas Curry, and Atlanna, respectively.
Vincent Regan will be making his debut in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) as Atlan, the first King of Atlantis. He will be taking over the role from Graham McTavish, who portrayed Atlan in the first Aquaman movie. Additionally, Regan is replacing Julian Lewis Jones. Julian previously appeared as Atlan in flashback scenes for Justice League and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It is expected that Ben Affleck will return as Bruce Wayne. Affleck portrays the iconic character, also known as Batman, in the DC Universe. This return might potentially be his last appearance in the DC Universe. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will also introduce new cast members. This will include Indya Moore as Karshon, Jani Zhao as Stingray, and Pilou Asbæk, known for his role in Game of Thrones, in an undisclosed character role.
Aquaman 2 release date
In summary, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to hit theaters on December 20, 2023, in the US. In the UK, it is scheduled to be released on December 26, 2023.
Initially, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was scheduled for release on December 16, 2022. However, the date was later moved to March 17, 2023, to ensure sufficient time for the completion of VFX. Subsequently, Warner Bros Discovery made the decision to shift the release date once again. The current date was chosen with the aim of distributing the marketing expenses more evenly throughout 2023.