Aquaman was simply too good to not get a sequel. Jason Momoa, 44, starred as Arthur Curry/Aquaman in 2018 DC Extended Universe film, which has snagged a sequel popping out in December 2023. The trailer for Aquaman 2, formally titled Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, was launched September 14, and it teases the DC hero taking up two necessary jobs: king of Atlantis and a father.
Aquaman 2 will proceed the story of Momoa’s Aquaman, the chief of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who first appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). Aquaman was launched on December 21, 2018, and acquired reward from followers and critics alike and grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Ideas of an Aquaman sequel got here whereas the primary film was taking pictures. Jason made it clear he was onboard with taking part in the underwater superhero once more. In February 2019, Warner Bros. kicked off plans to write down the sequel’s script, and over a 12 months later, James Wan formally signed on as director as soon as once more. Soon after, Jason and extra returning forged members formally joined the film, whereas different newcomers have been forged. The highly-anticipated film is simply months away from popping out after dealing with a number of launch delays.
Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’ (Photo: Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)
‘Aquaman 2’ Release Date & Filming
Aquaman 2 will swim into theaters on December 20, 2023. Warner Bros. initially gave the movie a December 16, 2022 launch date. The COVID-19 pandemic altered these plans and the film was pushed a number of instances. After the movie’s launch was set for December 25, 2023, Warner Bros. pushed it up 5 days early, to its present launch date.
Production on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom started in June 2021. Filming happened in London and formally wrapped in December 2021. Jason posted an Instagram video the day earlier than filming started and stated, “I’m lastly in England. It is sunny out, it’s wonderful. I’m gonna begin Aquaman 2 tomorrow.” He additionally famous that his hair could be modified from brown to blonde for the position.
‘Aquaman 2’ Cast & Crew
Amber Heard as Mera in ‘Aquaman (Photo: Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)
As talked about earlier than, Jason will probably be again as Arthur Curry/Aquaman for the sequel movie. Amber Heard, 37, may also be again as Mera, Aquaman’s love-interest. There have been rumors Amber wouldn’t be forged within the movie because of her home abuse allegations towards ex-husband Johnny Depp. A petition was even launched to take away Amber from Aquaman 2. However, Amber formally confirmed in November 2020 she’d be taking part in Mera once more as soon as the film begins filming.
In July 2022, Jason confirmed Ben Affleck will reunite with him as Batman after the celebrities have been “busted” by a bunch of vacationers visiting the Warner Bros. Studio lot. “REUNITED bruce and arthur. love u and miss u Ben,” Jason wrote on Instagram. “WB studio excursions simply explored the backlot alright. busted on set all nice issues coming AQUAMAN 2 all my aloha j.” In a video he shared alongside photographs of him and Ben goofing round, Jason confirmed the vacationers who caught them and stated, “That’s what occurs, Warner Brothers, if you stroll out of your set and there’s our followers [back stage] .” He then instructed the excited followers to have an excellent remainder of their tour.
Other returning forged members embody Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius, Aquaman’s half-brother, Dolph Lundgreen as King Nereus, Mera’s father, Yahya Abdul-Manteen II as David Kane/Black Manta, a pirate/mercenary and foe of Aquaman’s, f Nicole Kidman as Atlanta, Aquaman’s mom, Tamuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Aquaman’s father, and Randall Park as Doctor Stephen Shin, a marine biologist looking for Atlantis.
Nicole Kidman in ‘Aquaman’ (Photo: Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)
Some new characters will probably be launched in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Vincent Regan will play Atlan, the primary king of Atlantis. Jani Zhao joins the movie as Stingray, whereas Indya Moore will play Karshon. Game of Thrones alum Pilou Asbæk has additionally been forged in an undisclosed position. James Wan directed the movie, whereas the screenplay was by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.
‘Aquaman 2’ Plot
In true DCEU nature, not a lot is understood about Aquaman 2. At the 2020 DC FanDome panel, James Wan stated that Aquaman 2 is “a little bit bit extra critical” than the primary film and “a little bit extra related to the world we’re residing in right this moment.” A 12 months later, on the 2021 DC FanDome panel, Warner Bros. launched some idea artwork and behind-the-scenes footage from the movie. James Wan stated on the occasion, “Black Manta remains to be looking for his vengeance to try to kill Aquaman. That’s going to be very thrilling for the viewers. It’s a globetrotting story. We go to so many various worlds. This film isn’t afraid to embrace its fantasy.” Jason spoke on the occasion as properly and stated he has “a lot invested” within the sequel. “I like this character. I like what it represents,” he stated.
James teased extra concerning the movie to The Hollywood Reporter in April 2023. “I believe persons are going to be excited to see that this film is kind of totally different from the primary film by way of tone,” the director stated. “It’s a little bit bit extra critical, and we’re coping with points like local weather change. We’re not afraid to lean into that in an enormous approach, as a result of the Aquaman comedian ebook, even approach again when, has all the time been environmentally aware. He’s all the time been somebody who’s fought to maintain the ocean clear, and it feels extra related on the earth that we’re residing in right this moment. So this film has one thing to speak about, but it surely’s nonetheless a enjoyable action-fantasy film.”
‘Aquaman 2’ Spinoff
Jason Momoa & Amber Heard in ‘Aquaman’ (Photo: Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)
There have been plans to develop the Aquaman world with a derivative referred to as The Trench. The mission was in growth in early 2019 and was imagined to concentrate on the amphibious monsters that Arthur and Mera fought within the first film, based on Collider. But in April 2021, Warner Bros. opted to not transfer additional with The Trench, although the corporate did say that the spinoff mission may “transfer ahead sooner or later.”