Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Release Date Announcements, Cast Updates, Plot Speculations, and More

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Jason Momoa returns as Aquaman
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Aquaman 2 is about to take a dive! Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will premiere soon.

The first movie of the Aquaman franchise was released in 2018. Directed by James Wan and featuring Jason Momoa as Aquaman, it introduced us to the underwater world of Atlantis and the war that was waged against the humans on the surface.

Aquaman became one of the top-grossing films DC Comic films to be released, so it is no wonder that the second movie has come to fruition.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is swimming its way to theaters by December 20, 2023, so here is everything you need to know about the movie to help tide you through.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Release Date: When Will The DC Movie Come Out?

Aquaman has to balance his family life while being the Atlantean King
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Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will come out in theaters on December 20, 2023. The second Aquaman movie was originally supposed to premiere on December 21, 2022, but another DC movie, Shazam! Fury of the Gods initially took that release.

Then August 24, 2022, Warner Bros announced yet another date reshuffle that involved most of the titles it would release, including Shazam and The Flash.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Filming

The team began production sometime in early 2021, with principal photography starting in July 2021, as confirmed by Jason Momoa when he arrived in London to start filming. Filming for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was wrapped up by January 2022.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Cast: Who are the Actors Included in the Movie?

Orm will be the unlikely ally Aquaman would have to work with in the sequel
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Patrick Wilson as Orm

Most of the original cast from the first Aquaman movie will return to play their characters in the second movie, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Jason Momoa still plays the titular role of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, the half-human, half-Atlantean hero with the superpower to communicate with marine animals.

During his interview on The Drew Barrymore Show in May 2021, Momoa talked about how he contributed in some form to the script of the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. He said he was very much encouraged by his co-writers and the directors.

  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also returns as Black Manta, Aquaman’s human nemesis
  • Patrick Wilson will also return as Aquaman’s half-brother, Orm Marius,
  • and Dolph Lundgren, who plays King Nereus,
  • Vince Regan as Atlan,
  • and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

Amber Heard will also be reprising her role as Mera, the water-bending Atlantian, despite the tabloid drama and the high-profile courtroom case.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Crew: Who are the Creatives Behind the Scenes?

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Nicole Kidman as Atlanna

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick wrote the screenplay for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The movie will be directed by James Wan, who is most known for directing hit horror movies like The Conjuring and Lights Out.

DC Entertainment and Peter Safran will produce Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Safran previously made the news for rejecting online fan petitions not to re-cast Amber Heard as Mera in light of the controversies she was involved with.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Behind the Scenes

DC fans were disappointed when Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom did not make an appearance during the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con. Director James Wan tried to make it up to fans by sharing some behind-the-scenes photos.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Plot: What Will be the Plot of the Second Aquaman Movie?

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Black Manta

Warner Bros. and DC have released the official plot details of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which you can check out below:

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenger 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 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.

Another likely path the movie may take is the exploration of the Seven Kingdoms. In the lore of the DC comic books, Atlantis is one of the seven oceanic kingdoms, and the other kingdoms are Xebel, a military kingdom, The Kingdom of Deserters, and The Trench.

The Trench is found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. It is home to some of the most vicious creatures in the seven seas. This may be where the Trench-like creatures that attacked Aquaman and his allies in the first movie.

If you would like to see more on what the Aquaman sequel has in store, keep reading below.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Trailer: Is There a Trailer for the Aquaman Sequel?

DC has just released the official trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, highlighting Arthur Curry's newfound life of finding the balance between taking care of his family and ruling Atlantis as the new rightful King, which you can watch below:


Where to Watch Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Where Can I Watch the Movie?

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You can watch Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in theaters once the movie is released. After the movie completes its theatrical window, we may be able to watch the film on a streaming service, depending on which service can nab the movie.

There are other DC movies you can watch out for aside from Aquaman, like Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Black Adam.

Aquaman had pleasantly surprised most of us when it was released, and James Wan has offered us a new perspective that increased interest in the entire franchise. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to continue the hype and will hopefully give us a sequel worthy of the first movie's success.

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