The release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is right around the corner, but there are rumors that a very dark scene in the movie is causing test audiences to walk out of screenings. According to Yahoo! Entertainment, there may be a scene where Aquaman’s baby is killed. While the trailer reveals that Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry is now a father and Yahya Abdul Mateen II’s Black Manta threatens his family, it seems like it might be going too far for the baby to be killed in the film.
Aquaman 2 is rumored to contain infanticide, in a PG-13 movie released in time for Christmas, and we hope that this turns out to not be true.
However, there is precedence for this kind of thing happening in the comics. One storyline sees Black Manta capturing Aquababy (the actual name of the baby in the comics) and putting him in an airtight container. While Aqualad and Aquaman try to save the baby, they’re too late, and the baby dies.
This tragic death also causes a wedge between Aquaman and Mera since Mera blames him for the death of their son. Amber Heard’s Mera is still in the movie, and it’s rumored she has a reduced role, so this could be one story reason we see less of her in the film. However, killing a baby in a superhero movie does seem a bit drastic if the goal is finding a way out for Heard’s character.
Aquaman 2 could be using the child’s death to explain why Amber Heard’s Mera has been significantly reduced in the story.
With all that being said, these are just rumors, and it’s possible that there is no baby killing going on in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Since Black Manta is threatening his family, it’s likely that we might see Aquababy get into some dangerous situations, but it just doesn’t seem likely that they would kill the baby off. Maybe there are other reasons people would be walking out of the test screening.
It also would mean Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is quite a bit different tonally than the first film. While Momoa’s Arthur Curry is a bit more mature and responsible by the end of that film, he’s still kind of a quippy surfer bro. There were plenty of dour characters in the DCEU, so it doesn’t really seem like the right move to change Momoa’s well-liked take on the character and make him another stoic hero.
In the comics, Black Manta does kill the child of Arthur and Mera, but Aquaman 2 doesn’t have to be that faithful to a story that fans have always disliked.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the final link to the DCEU before James Gunn and Peter Safran kick off their newly minted DCU in 2025 with Superman: Legacy. It just doesn’t seem like the best way to end things on such a tragic note, especially if Gunn doesn’t have plans to use Momoa’s take on the character in the future.
In any case, we won’t have to wait long to see Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to find out if these rumors have any truth to them. After many delays, the James Wan-directed film will finally be coming to theaters on December 20. Along with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the film stars Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Randall Park, Temuera Morrison, Vincent Regan, Jani Zhao, Indya Moore, and Pilou Asbaek.