Aquaman 2: Everything About This Jason Momoa Sequel

Aquaman 2 is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The Jason Momoa DC film is set to hit theaters December 25, 2023.

By Rick Gonzales and Staff

After showing up in Justice League to help Batman and Superman fight Steppenwolf, Aquaman got a solo movie in 2018. The James Wan film pulled in huge numbers, crossing the $1.1 billion in revenue mark putting Aquaman on track for a sequel. There have been major hints that some of the Justice League will appear in the second Aquaman film, so let’s figure out if that is true and share everything else we know about Aquaman 2.

AQUAMAN 2 IS THE LOST KINGDOM

Sometimes, a film’s working title means nothing at all. In the case of the Aquaman sequel, it’s actually giving us a peek at the possible plot. Previously, the working title was Aquaman: Necrus.

Like Atlantis, Necrus is an underground city. The domed city has no exact location, in fact, it’s said to move. In the comic books, Necrus is considered unstable. This working title suggests that at least part of the movie should be taking place there. Subsequently, the official title was announced, and the movie will be Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. This is still likely a reference to Necrus with just a little more intrigue about that city.

AQUAMAN 2 PLOT DETAILS HAVE BEEN KEPT UNDER WRAPS

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Although Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has completed filming, post-production continues on the effects-heavy film. But even though filming is complete, details on the plot remain thin. We can guess as to where the story might lead with Black Manta, Dr. Stephen Shin and Ocean Master, but it would just be speculation.

Patrick Wilson, who played King Orm/Ocean Master in the first Aquaman, didn’t have many details to spill, so he didn’t have much to tell The Hollywood Reporter when they pushed for any details he could share. “I’m slightly briefed [on Orm-related matters]. I just throw a little dart here and there. I’ll say, ‘So, what about this?’ and [James Wan will] say, ‘Well, this is what I’m thinking.’ I can tell you that even his concepts for Aquaman 2 are pushing it even further.”

Wilson did add, “Of course, I want to know everything, but I also have a great respect for him and the process to know that I’m OK staying out of it until it’s late in the game. Sometimes, there’s so much information that I don’t ask because I don’t want to know, and I don’t want him to go, ‘I can’t tell you that yet.’ I have a few ideas of where Orm fits in, but I’m not gonna talk about them.”

JASON MOMOA WAS TEASED ABOUT HIS CAMEO IN PEACEMAKER

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James Gunn’s Peacemaker may have managed to change everyone’s perception of Aquaman forever, and the good news is Jason Momoa has a good sense of humor about it. If you’ve seen the series, then you know John Cena’s anti-hero claims a number of times throughout the first season that Aquaman has sex with fish. Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller made surprise cameos in the season 1 finale as their DC heroes, and once again the fish joke comes surfaces.

Jason Momoa has proven to crack up at the many times he’s been asked about the jokes. According to James Gunn, co-star Ezra Miller really let him have it on the set of Peacemakerimprovising something like 16 minutes worth of fish sex jokes.

AQUAMAN 2 WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR 2022 BUT HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO DECEMBER 25, 2023

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In March 2022, the hopes of DC movie fans were dealt a serious below. As reported by Deadline, Warner Bros announced that the releases of many of its high profile 2022 films, including Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, had been delayed. The release date for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was first changed to March 17, 2023, but it has again been pushed back to December 25, 2023.

While the studio did not officially comment on the reasons for the delay unnamed sources apparently told Deadline the first delay was Covid-related. The second delay is probably much more complicated as Warner Bros. has been trying to deal with the fallout from the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial. More on Amber Heard in a bit.

YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN AND PATRICK WILSON ARE BACK FOR AQUAMAN 2

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Of course, Aquaman wouldn’t be Aquaman without Jason Momoa. He will be back one more time as Arthur Curry. This will be the fourth time Momoa will play Aquaman, his first time was in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He followed that up with Justice League, and then the first Aquaman film.

This one seems to be a shoo-in: Black Manta coming back as one of the main villains, and he will return. Last we saw Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the Black Manta was the end credit scene in the first movie. He is, in DC comic lore, Aquaman’s greatest enemy for what he feels is a good reason.

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Also returning will be Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s half-brother King Orm. He could be back for revenge. In the first he unsuccessfully tried to take over Atlantis, so we are curious as to his next move.

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Randall Park is returning as Dr. Stephen Shin. He is obsessed with finding Atlantis and in the Aquaman end credit scene, he rescues Black Manta and upon healing him, they forge a partnership. If Manta can help Shin prove Atlantis is real, Shin will help Manta in his quest to destroy Aquaman.

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Might we also see Willem Defoe return as Vulko in Aquaman 2? He proved his loyalty to both Aquaman and the people of Atlantis so his presence is a strong possibility in the sequel. Right now, Defoe’s presence is unknown.

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Both Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna are set to return. Also back is Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Aquaman’s father. As filming for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom took place some time ago, Morrison didn’t have any conflicts with Aquaman or Boba Fett schedules.

Amber Heard for Aquaman 2

One name, which we will discuss in a bit, that we are unsure of is Amber Heard. Rumors continue to swirl about if she is going to return as Mera and so far, it is the big unknown. As we get closer to the release date, we have more information.

BEN AFFLECK COULD RETURN AS BATMAN

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Here is another place where rumors rule. Some had Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman, while others had Ben Affleck coming back as Batman. Others even said both would be back playing Batman from different timelines.

What we do know for sure is that Affleck will be back as Bruce Wayne/Batman. How much screen time he gets is to be determined. Don’t be surprised if Keaton also shows up as his Batman was set to be part of the now-cancelled Batgirl film.

JAMES WAN IS DIRECTING AQUAMAN 2

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James Wan didn’t confirm he was signed on for Aquaman 2 for a while. James Wan sat in the director’s chair for the first Aquaman and would be returning to the sequel in some capacity, producer for one. Wan said he would first be directing to direct an untitled horror movie before moving on to Aquaman 2.

At DC Fandome in 2020, James Wan confirmed he’d be in the director’s chair for the sequel. He has done a few panels online talking about the upcoming movie. While he didn’t reveal much, he has said that there will be elements of horror in the sequel.

AQUAMAN’S NEW LOOK

Most superhero movies change up their costumes at least a little between movies and it’s safe to assume Aquaman 2 will do something similar. We don’t know what direction they’re going yet, but we do know they considered alternate looks for Jason Momoa and Amber Heard the first time around.

Below is an example of one of the first attempts to come up with Aquaman’s look for the first movie…

Maybe Momoa will consider ditching his trademark long hair for something different in Aquaman 2.

AQUAMAN 2 COULD HAVE A MORE FEMALE-CENTERED STORYLINE

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With all of the controversy surrounding Amber Heard’s involvement in Aquaman 2, it might be surprising to hear that a new rumor Aquaman 2 will be focusing more on its female cast members. That would include Mera as well as a handful of other female characters that have been rumored to step up into the spotlight for the sequel. One has to assume that would include Nicole Kidman’s Atlanna and possibly another female character that has yet to be revealed.

There are many rumors surrounding Amber Heard and if she will appear in the sequel. Will she, won’t she, and if she is, just how much? What about the possibility of a replacement for her?

AMBER HEARD CONTROVERSY HAS HER AQUAMAN 2 STATUS IN DOUBT

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Early on, rumors started to swirl, suggesting that Amber Heard may have already been fired from Aquaman 2 due to the controversy around her (which we outline below). It had never been officially announced, but fans were speculating on who might replace her. One of the leading candidates to be the new Mera in Aquaman 2 was Blake Lively, but that turned out to be wishful thinking.

Another of the leading candidates to be the new Mera in Aquaman 2 was Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. As time has gone on, this rumor has been gaining more and more traction as the removal of Heard and the shooting of new scenes to include Clarke as Mera is the prevailing thought as to why Warner Bros. moved the release of the sequel back to Christmas Day 2023. Here’s what Emilia Clarke would look like as the new Mera.

We don’t know for sure whether Amber Heard is out of Aquaman 2 or not. Heard has been surrounded by rumors of domestic abuse against her partners for years and the abuse she caused to Johnny Depp has been front and center during their trial. A petition to have her fired from the franchise has been gaining steam online.

“As Amber Heard is a known and proven domestic abuser, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2 film project. They must not ignore the suffering of Heard’s victims, and must not glamorize a domestic abuser. “

– –Petition to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2

The petition has now topped 1,800,000 signatures and it’s pushing to reach 2 million. Initially, the controversy around Heard did not prompt Warner Brothers to remove her from the film. However, as the outrage over the accusations against her continued to grow, rumors started to swirl suggesting she was about to be fired.

The latest comes from this gossip source where they, along with several other sources, claim Amber Heard is indeed being fired from Aquaman 2. Adding more fuel to the Amber Heard was fired was a report from Cosmic Book News where they claim that Amber Heard is now uninsurable. That means Warner Bros. can’t get an insurance company to cover her, so they can’t use her even if they want to. As a result, they claimed Warner Bros. was buying out her contract, in essence paying her to go away.

Warner Bros. recently signed up Johnny Depp to appear in some of their other movies, so it would be odd of them to take sides with Depp and fire Heard. You’d expect them to play the middle here and just ignore everything. Publicly at least, WB has ignored the cries from people demanding that they fire Heard from Aquaman 2 and, in fact, they seem to have voiced support for her, when the studio used the official Aquaman movie twitter account to do this…

Meanwhile, WB is reportedly considering firing Ezra Miller from The Flash for a similar controversy. They didn’t end up changing their mind on either piece of casting and both are set to star in their respective films.

THE FUTURE OF AQUAMAN MIGHT NOT INCLUDE JASON MOMOA

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The first Aquaman was a huge, huge box office smash for Warner Bros. pictures so they’re planning things out well beyond Aquaman 2. Aquaman 3 is a near certainty at this point and after that, they want things to keep going. Only, they may want things to keep going without Jason Momoa.

Word is that WB is already setting up a replacement for Momoa as Aquaman. Their rumored plan is to have Momoa’s Arthur Curry settled in as the King of Atlantis by the end of Aquaman 3. At that point he’ll realize he can’t rule his kingdom and also play superhero, so he’ll want to pass the mantle on to someone else.

Who will that someone else be? Rumor claims it will be a character called Kaldur, who is actually the son of his mortal enemy Black Manta. That follows the comics since in DC lore Aquaman mentors him and Kaldur eventually becomes a superhero in his own right.

As for why DC would want to replace Momoa after three, it could be just that he’s getting older. It could also be that they’re feeling the pressure of outcries for diversity in their superhero characters. All of the biggest DC movie superhero movie characters currently active (Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman) and coming soon (The Flash) are all white (or in the case of Momoa Hawaiian and German) and the new Aquaman definitely would be a person of color.

As we get closer and closer to the film’s release, we should have plenty more to report, especially as it revolves around Amber Heard. Stay tuned.