Aquaman 3 Actually Happening After Controversy?

By Robert Scucci | Published

While we’re waiting patiently for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to see its December 2024 release, Empire reports that James Wan would be open to working on an Aquaman 3 film if the opportunity presented itself despite the controversies surrounding the upcoming sequel. But we’re getting a little bit ahead of ourselves here for a couple of reasons. First, we have to see how well Lost Kingdom will perform at the box office, and secondly, we’re not exactly sure what plans James Gunn and Peter Safran have for Arthur Curry and co. when it comes to the upcoming DCU reboot.

Aquaman 2 Has Faced Isssues From The Very Start

If you’ve been following the development of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, then you’re familiar with the fact that the film’s production was problematic for a number of reasons. Not only did the pandemic delay production on a number of occasions, but the film was subject to a number of reshoots.

But as James Wan wonders about the prospect of working on Aquaman 3, or maybe even being involved in some sort of Aquaman reboot, he dispelled some of the rumors about having to go back into production, and said the reshoots were overall a good thing.

James Wan Sets The Recod Straight On Reshoots

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Wan mentioned that Lost Kingdom only had seven or eight days of reshoots, which is in line with how other big-budget franchise productions operate. Though the internet seemed to talk about the reshoots all summer, Wan clarified the matter when he said that the shooting that took place after principal photography concluded was simply spaced out because it’s difficult to round up the cast and get everybody on a proper schedule after finishing the initial shoot because everybody goes off to work on different projects.

If Aquaman 3 were to materialize, it would probably receive similar treatment because that’s simply how these kind of movies are made.

Is There Room For Aquaman In James Gunn’s New DCU

One reason we may not end up seeing a direct sequel to Lost Kingdom in the form of Aquaman 3 is that James Gunn and Peter Safran are gearing up for a massive reboot of the DCU, which will have its own continuity that may not be in line with the idea of an Aquaman trilogy.

Though stranger things have happened, and Wan has a “never say never” attitude, a more likely scenario is that the Aquaman franchise will be rebooted on a different timeline. If this ends up being the case, and we see an entirely different iteration of Aquaman that boasts a whole new set of adventures, and with that a new set of cast members.

Jason Momoa May Leave Aquaman Behind To Portray Lobo

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In fact, it’s been rumored that the new DCU has plans for Jason Momoa that would remove him from portraying Arthur Curry/Aquaman, and having him take on the role of the anti-hero Lobo in other DC movies, but as of this writing no official announcement has been made.

Jason Momoa Future In The DCU

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So even though we may not end up seeing an Aquaman 3 materialize, it’s safe to say that Jason Momoa will continue to be a part of the DCU. We won’t know for sure until we hear the official announcement that’s expected sometime early next year, but a rumor like this doesn’t seem too far-fetched at this point in time.