If there is no further development of the character or the franchise in a comic book film, what good is it to watch? Such questions from die-hard DCEU fans are almost certain, and they may decide not to see the upcoming Aquaman sequel film starring Jason Momoa.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is just a few days away. Fans’ opinions of James Wan’s film are currently divided because this is formally the last DCEU movie. The film’s predecessor, one of the most successful DC movies ever, earned over $1 billion in box office receipts worldwide and received positive reviews from critics. It was because of this that Warner Bros. approved a sequel.
Nonetheless, what at first glance seemed like yet another exciting franchise addition has sparked an unanticipated firestorm. When it comes to deciphering the movie’s post-credits scene and its implications for the DCEU’s future, fans are split and clinging to their comic book knowledge.
Aquaman 2’s Post-Credits Scene Sends Shockwaves Among DCEU Fans
This upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will feature at least one post-credit scene, according to information obtained from The Cinephile Hub. Despite the studio’s uncertain futures, the DC films Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Black Adam, and The Flash this year all featured post-credit scenes. Thus, there will also be a post-credit scene in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
There was a post-credit scene in the original draft of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom where Batman and Aquaman talked about an impending threat. This would lay the groundwork for Arthur Curry’s future plot. In the meantime, Angel Amaral, the podcaster for GOAT Movie Podcast, recently tweeted on X about the movie’s post-credit scene, claiming that:
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) December 19, 2023
This ultimately gave many people the impression that the franchise might be coming to an end. The fandom has experienced a wide range of emotions, as was to be expected. One of the commonly believed theories that emerged from the aftermath of Aquaman 2‘s post-credits scene is the potential demise of the DCEU.
Here are some comments from fans:
What is even the point? The universe is over 💀
— Zoon (@ZoonTheLoon28) December 19, 2023
Why is that? Is it just a fun one, or does this potentially lead to something? Cause the DCEU is done now
— Donuts (@MichaelCarneyV) December 19, 2023
I can confirm I’ll already be asleep by the time the DC logo pops up, I only made it to the WB logo for Aquaman 1 so I’m detecting an improvement
— TOM ⚡ TRP ⚡ PURSLEY (@tomTRPpursley) December 19, 2023
Too bad no one’s gonna see it
— Jercorian Lewis hates LGBT/ POC’s (@LastS0n) December 19, 2023
Sorry. Looks like WB just found the word “REBOOT” in the dictionary. 🤣
— Brandon Spain (@BrandonSpa85363) December 19, 2023
Thus, this may make many fans sad, but it also presents interesting opportunities.
Why the Lack of DCEU Ties in Aquaman 2 May Be a Good Thing?
Many people have grown to adore Jason Momoa‘s portrayal of Aquaman. Eliminating any connections to the DCEU might be advantageous for him, and if the follow-up is well received, it leaves his future open. Even if the majority of the other actors are not coming back, James Gunn and Peter Safran may decide to keep Momoa in the role of Aquaman.
The director James Wan provided an update regarding Aquaman 2’s connection to the DCEU in a September interview with Entertainment Weekly. When asked if any DCEU heroes would appear in the upcoming sequel, the director responded, “No comment”, saying it is
“Not connected in any way to any of those films”.
It might also help Aquaman 2 at the box office because, as demonstrated by the performances of Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and The Flash, audiences have consistently shown a lack of interest in the DCEU.
Boxoffice Pro projects that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will take in between $32 million and $42 million at opening, and a long-term projection puts its domestic run total between $105 million and $168 million. It is the fifteenth and last chapter in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and the follow-up to Aquaman (2018).
Unquestionably, Aquaman 2 will have an impact on the DCEU going forward, especially after the post-credits scene that leaves fans feeling uneasy.
The release date of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is scheduled for December 22, 2023.