Jason Momoa is back in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Warner Bros. Pictures released a short teaser trailer to prepare audiences for the first full trailer coming this Thursday. Although the teaser is just thirty seconds long, it provides some great glimpses of the sequel film, including some really fantastic underwater action.
The first Aquaman film, which was released in 2018, earned over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful comic book related films ever. It’s also widely considered to be one of the best DCEU films, along with the Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman.
Director James Wan, also known for his epic horror franchises like The Conjuring and Insidious, returns for the film that will officially end the DCEU era and make way for James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Universe.
While it remains unclear whether Wan and Momoa’s version of Aquaman will continue in the upcoming reboot of the DC film universe, Momoa shared previously that he has met with DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn.
Future plans aside, hopefully Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be a lot of fun and put a positive end to the DCEU. Wan, Momoa and the rest of the Aquaman cast and crew certainly deserve a chance to leave their mark on the Aquaman mythos.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom premieres December 20, 2023.
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 20 December 2023 and in North America on December 20, 2023; it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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