Atlantis is coming back to the DC Extended Universe. James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will bring back the mythical kingdom to the big screens. But there may be way more new twists in store. A report from The Direct has exclusively confirmed that Aquaman 2 will feature more than just new locations and new story arcs. It will also feature the son of Amber Heard’s Mera and Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry – Arthur Curry Jr.
How does that turn out? And how does Aquaman’s son factor into Aquaman 2? What exactly is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom leaning onto here with this major plot detail being revealed so early into production? Let’s find out.
Aquaman 2 CinemaCon Footage Reveals Major Plot Details
From what has been revealed in CinemaCon toll now, Aquaman 2 will see Arthur Curry and Orm aka Ocean Master team up in a reluctant alliance. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta is coming back and he is coming back with a vengeance. This time, he is planning to invade the underwater nation of Atlantis and wipe it off of the face of the Earth’s ocean floor. New details reveal that Aquaman 2 will feature many more locations than the first movie. Many new characters will also be introduced.
The movie is currently facing post production issues. While the process is underway, the new technique used by James Wan to alleviate the difficulties Aquaman actors went through in the first movie, have increased the movie’s post production span. Exactly how far the movie schedule has been pushed over to is not known.
Aquaman 2 Will Debut Mera’s Son – Arthur Curry Jr.
The Atlantean royal family in the DC Universe does not just start and end with Aquaman and Mera. In DC Comics, Arthur and Mera have a son that goes by the name of Arthur Curry Jr. And that is exactly what Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom intends to do. Further details regarding the plot and this new character are not known. But from the looks of it, Arthur Curry Jr. will have a significant contribution to the primary storyline.
Will Aquaman 2 See Arthur Curry Jr. Take Over The Throne Of Atlantis?
To be honest, we will not go so far as to say that Arthur Curry Jr. will be just like how the character is in the comic books. The DCEU, post Snyder’s exit, has had a hard time sticking to comic book accuracy. So we won’t be surprised if there is a time skip of some sort. The new DCEU movie will be showing us a teenage version of Arthur Curry Jr.
And that gives Black Manta enough time to muster up an army. A timeskip would explain how Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has grown so powerful. He must have searched far and wide for something to take down his mortal enemy.
In an old DC comic book issue from the ’70s, Black Manta strangles Arthur Curry Jr. to death. Will James Wan’s new movie show us such a gruesome scene in live action?
Is Arthur Curry Jr. The Lead Star Of The Aqualad Series?
For months, there’s been speculation that DC is developing an Aqualad HBO Max limited series. This is a very valid reason why DCEU would want to show us Arthur Curry Jr. in Aquaman 2. There are in reality multiple ways how this new character could contribute to the DCEU’s future. Reports claim that the Aqualad series will feature the Jackson Hyde version of Aqualad as the lead. But that does not stop the show from featuring multiple teenage Atlanteans. Let’s see how this thing pans out. But for now, Mera and Arthur Curry are having a child and Arthur Curry Jr. coming to the DCEU is confirmed.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits theaters on 17th March, 2023.