Jason Momoa made his debut as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman in 2017's Justice League. Following his first appearance as DC's Atlantean King, Momoa reprised the role in a solo DC Aquaman film, helmed by critically acclaimed director James Wan. Aquaman dominated the global box office which grossed $1.1 billion worldwide, sitting in the 24th spot of highest-grossing films of all time.
2018's Aquaman follows Arthur Curry going against his power-hungry brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), the King of Atlantis who wants to conquer Arthur's surface world. In order to defeat Orm, Arthur took on a quest to find the lost Trident of Atlan, which ables him to rule Atlantis and save the world from his brother's wrath.
During the Warner Bros CinemaCon's presentation, director James Wan highlighted new footage for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom which seemingly reveals the main plot of the upcoming sequel.
Fandango's Erik Davis unveils Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will see Arthur forced to team up with his brother King Orm to take down 2018's Aquaman villain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who became more dangerous as compared to the first film.
Collider's Steven Weintraub also noted that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom looks better than the first film due to the sequel featuring new characters and locations. He also noted that Black Manta is the main villain for the sequel and may have been taken over by some dark energy that could explain his increase in strength and power.
These new details about the Aquaman sequel certainly add more anticipation to the upcoming film, and it looks like James Wan has created a bigger and better world for DC's Atlantis story. Aside from that, it's also good to know that Orm is going to have a redemption arc after being driven mad by power in the original film.
Now that Black Manta is confirmed to be the main antagonist for the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, fans are definitely excited to see the changes and upgrades the villain has to make to face off against two Atlantean Kings, Arthur and Orm.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit theaters on March 17, 2023.