The first movie was so successful that Aquaman Two quickly became inescapable.

That's because of the fact that the highest-grossing movie based on DC Comics characters in history does not belong to any of the known trios of Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman. Instead, Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, directed by James Wan, beat them all. "The new King of Atlantis was also crowned DC's box office king."

It's something of a sea change for a character who had traditionally been the butt of jokes in comic book circles, in everything from Family Guy to James Cameron's fake movie Entourage. But thanks to Momoa's performance, a DC reboot-inspired makeover New Fifty-two, and director James Wan's flair for The Conjuring/Fast & Furious seven underwater show, he's now one of DC Extended's MVPs. Universe: It's a franchise that I'm not. I'll sleep with the fishes soon.

As the long-awaited sequel gears up for production in summer 2021, we dive into the information that has already been lost: everything from the release date and cast of Aquaman XNUMX to what it means for history. Either way, Aquaman probably goes on to make waves.

Aquaman 2 release date: December 2022

The first Aquaman hit theaters in December 2018 and emerged as the winner in a month that also included releases. from Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Bumblebee. So it's no wonder Warner Bros. has targeted another early December for its sequel, with Aquaman XNUMX's release date today set for December XNUMX, XNUMX. practically precisely 4 years after the release of the first film.

It looks like production of Aquaman XNUMX will start in the UK at the end of this year; that's what Dolph Lundgren (who plays King Nereus) told Wizard World Virtual Experience (via ScreenRant), anyway. "I could be doing Aquaman 2 this summer, shooting in London," the Rocky IV, He-Man and Punisher star told his assembled fans.

The first movie ever shot on the Gold Coast in Australia, so the UK will be a major relocation, although each and every underwater scene was filmed 'dry for wet' in a studio, with actors supported by fancy harnesses, it shouldn't do much of a difference in the look of the movie.

Unlike the 2021 versions from Warner Bros, it looks like Aquaman XNUMX won't be releasing on streaming service HBO Max at the same time it hits theaters.. According to Deadline, Warner has struck a deal with theater distributors to release its 2022 release slate exclusively on the big screen, though the theatrical exclusivity window is shortened to just 45 days, so you won't have to wait that long. more time to watch the movie at home on your TV.

Come to the point

  • What is it? A sequel to Warner/DC's 2018 hit, Aquaman. It is the continuation of the story of Arthur Curry, the newly crowned surface dweller King of the underwater world of Atlantis.
  • Where can i see him? Aquaman 2 will debut in theaters, heading to home entertainment soon after.
  • When will I be able to see it? Aquaman 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2022. It will likely be available to watch at home approximately 45 days later.

Aquaman 2 trailer: When will we see it?

As production hasn't started yet, it's a bit early for DC and Warner to release footage from the film. The first Aquaman teaser debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 And, assuming the smaller special edition Comic-Con goes as planned over Thanksgiving weekend, it's possible we'll see some kind of Aquaman 2 trailer, especially since Warner/DC has revealed a story of the Great. Hall H.

Having said that, DC just announced that their digital FanDome event will return in 2021 on October 16.. Last year, this is where The Batman trailer was first revealed, so it's more likely we'll see Aquaman there this year, as the event is tailored specifically for a global audience.

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Jason Momoa returns as Arthur Curry, aka King of Atlantis, in Aquaman 2. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Cast of Aquaman 2: who's in the movie

Here's The Confirmed Cast Of Aquaman 2 Based On What We Know So Farthough you can expect this list to grow as we learn more about the film:

  • Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman
  • Amber Heard as Mera
  • Patrick Wilson as Orm
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta
  • Pilou Asbæk as an unexpected character

It's no wonder Jason Momoa is reprising Arthur Curry / Aquaman for the fourth time (after Aquaman, Justice League, and a brief cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). And despite (seemingly unfounded) rumors that Amber Heard will not return as Princess Xebelian (and daughter of Nereus) Mera, the actress posted a photo of her reading a book on her Instagram account, with a hashtag # getakindleforaquaman2.

Arthur Curry having shown his mercy to his scheming half-brother Orm (also known as the so-called Ocean Master) at the end of the first movie, James Wan regular Patrick Wilson has apparently confirmed that he is part of the Aquaman cast. Instagram post about his workout routine.

And it looks like someone will be on hand to protect the feuding siblings, with rumors of Nicole Kidman (via We Got This Covered) returning as mother, Queen of Atlanna Of Atlantis. While this has yet to be officially confirmed, we suspect it will also mean a return for Temuera Morrison. (soon to be considered the main character in The Boba Fett Book) as Arthur's father, Thomas Curry, after all, with Atlanna and Thomas reunited. decades apart, it would be cruel not to allow them to rekindle a romance that bridged two worlds.

It is not yet clear if Willem Dafoe will return as Arthur's Atlantean mentor Vulko., but it seems like a safe bet, if only to help keep the new King of Atlantis straight and close.

Meanwhile, Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has confirmed to Uproxx that he will return to represent the surface dwellers as the owner of one of the most iconic helmets in comics., Black Manta, obsessed with revenge. We'll also likely see more of Randall Park (most recently seen as Jimmy Woo in Marvel's WandaVision) as marine biologist turned Atlantis expert Dr. Stephen Shin, as the two have joined forces during the end credits of Aquaman.

And given Pilou Asbæk's history as a villain in Game of Thrones, we think his role in the Aquaman 2 cast (reported by Deadline) is likely to lean more towards the dark side than towards the light.

Aquaman 2 plot: What awaits Atlantis?

Now that DC is less concerned than before about creating an MCU-style nested shared universe for its superheroes, what we know for sure about the plot of Aquaman 2 is that the movie is written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. The writer has previously worked with director James Wan on two The Conjuring films and the first Aquaman.

"I think the second one is a little more serious, a little more relevant in the world we live in today", Wan joked during DC's virtual FanDome event in August 2020 (via Deadline). "I think that's where he wants to go."

It grew slightly when Patrick Wilson suggested that he'd rather see Aquaman 2 explore uncharted waters. "I can certainly guarantee you new worlds in this next one," Wan responded, "and I think you'll be very excited as an actor."

What does all this mean for Arthur Curry now that he's donned Aquaman's classic green and gold armor, gotten his hands on Atlan's trident, and taken his place on the throne of Atlantis? While he and the water manipulator Mera were apparently a fixture at the end of the first movie, Hollywood conventions and storytelling needs dictate that it probably won't be easy this time.

Indeed, past form suggests Orm won't be making his half-brother's life any easier, though Wilson's aforementioned Instagram post may have muddied the waters a bit with a cryptic #brothersdontshakehandsbrothersgottahug. Could family reconciliation be considered?

David Hyde aka Black Manta seems poised for a promotion to lead the villain in Aquaman XNUMX.. Blaming Arthur Curry for his father's death during a skirmish on a submarine in the first film, Black Manta has become obsessed with his revenge against Aquaman. And having survived their previous encounter by the skin of his teeth, even when he's armed with Atlantean mastered weapons, he's unlikely to give up until Arthur Curry is dead.

There's a good chance that Black Manta will be assisted on his mission by Dr. Shin, a character who made the journey to the screen since DC Comics' reboot of New 52 Aquaman. Aquaman's ending credits sequence showed that the duo had reached a pact: if Shin helps Black Manta find Aquaman, Black Manta will give him concrete proof of Atlantis's existence.

Regrettably, Black Manta's revenge mission may be bad news for Thomas Curry, if he decides that the judges are better served by murdering the father of the man he claims killed his own father.

And don't be surprised if Aquaman XNUMX also makes a trip back to the Trench, the dark and creepy region of the ocean whose monstrous inhabitants have kept Atlanna prisoner in Aquaman, especially now that the proposed movie spin-off The Trench has been dropped by Warner Bros (as reported by Variety).

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