Amongst all the cancellations and studio changes in the DC films, one film which has remained mostly the same is the Aquaman franchise. Starring Jason Mamoa as the titular character, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, and Patrick Wilson as Arthur Curry’s impulsive brother, King Orm.
The film was received well by critics and fans, while making a box office collection of $1.148 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing DCEU film since. The film was directed by James Wan who took inspiration from many sources, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon and H.P. Lovecraft.
Aquaman returns to the DCEU
The sequel for the movie was announced a month after its release and is also expected to feature Snyderverse’s Batman played by Ben Affleck. Many fans also speculated Black Manta played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II might take on a larger role in this film to become the main antagonist.
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While a significant portion of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is still under wraps, one big rumor floating around included Mera having a child, but this has become complicated since Amber Heard lost the defamation trial against her ex-husband Depp.
The Lost Kingdom to focus on Climate Change
A theme already introduced in the first film, where we saw Ocean Master Orm being spiteful of the surface world for polluting his oceans for centuries, this concept is being ramped up in the sequel. Commenting on the same to GQ magazine, Aquaman star Jason Mamoa stated:
“it’s amazing to be able to bring awareness of what is happening to our planet. It’s not some story that’s been told over and over, [it’s a] movie about what’s happening right now but in a fantasy world.”
He elaborated on how superhero movies have a responsibility since they dominate the market to put out a positive message while also entertaining people. He also revealed there will be a scene where Arthur Curry addresses the United Nations, cautioning them of a looming natural disaster.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is expected to release on March 17 of 2023.
Source: The Direct