The new trailer and character posters for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom were revealed today just over one month before the film’s release. The new trailer features a variety of great action sequences and puts a heavy emphasis on Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and his royal Atlantean lineage. In the sequel, Curry is now a father, and must protect his son from his arch-enemy, Black Mantis (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).
Mantis returns from his defeat in the first film, and this time is wielding his own magical trident. In comics, Black Mantis doesn’t actually have any superpowers, so it’s always been a bit odd to see him go up against Aquaman. I’m glad to see that they’ve found a way to make Mantis more of a threat this time around.
The film looks like great from the glimpses in the trailer, and hopefully the last film of the DC Extended Universe era can go out on a high note. It remains to be seen whether Momoa’s Aquaman will continue in the upcoming reboot of DC films, or if rumors that he’ll transition to a different role are true. Regardless, after what has been a surprisingly disappointing year for superhero films, I’m just going to enjoy the ride.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom premieres in theaters December 22nd.
AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM RELEASES NEW CHARACTER POSTERS
Today, Warner Bros Discovery revealed new character posters and trailer for the sequel to the highest-grossing DC film of all time: “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, premiering December 22, in theaters.
Director James Wan and Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa—along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman—return in the sequel to the highest-grossing DC film of all time: “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.”
Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.
All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, now balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.
Directed by Wan, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is produced by Peter Safran, Wan and Rob Cowan. The executive producers are Galen Vaisman and Walter Hamada.
The screenplay is by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, from a story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Jason Momoa & Thomas Pa’a Sibbett, based on characters from DC, Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.
Joining Wan behind-the-camera is his sterling team of “Aquaman” artisans: director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2”), production designer Bill Brzeski (“Jumanji: The Next Level”), editor Kirk Morri (“Furious 7”), composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”) and music supervisor is Michelle Silverman (“Malignant”). Visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Clash of the Titans” films, “The Dark Knight”) and costume designer Richard Sale (“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Ready Player One”) also join.
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents An Atomic Monster / A Peter Safran Production of A James Wan Film, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” set to open in theaters internationally beginning 22 December 2023 and in North America on December 22, 2023; it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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