In March 2020, Johnson-McGoldrick announced that the sequel would not be based on a single comic book, but rather would be inspired by the Aquaman stories from the Silver Age of Comic Books, which featured Black Manta as the villain.
That makes it more exciting to have something new about it. And so we bring up the Aquaman 2 discussion here. Let us explore it!
Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Warner Bros. Pictures distributes the sixth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film was directed by James Wan and based on a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall.
Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, is tasked with ruling Atlantis’ underwater realm. Also preventing his half-brother, King Orm, from uniting the seven undersea kingdoms in order to destroy the surface world. Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ludi Lin, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman are among the supporting cast members.
The idea started in 2004, but didn’t gain momentum until Man of Steel was released in 2013. Shooting started in May 2017 at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, with massive production teams in Canada, Italy, and Morocco.
In October of the ensuing year, the shooting was concluded. Several vendors supplied special optical illusions and effects, which ranged from high-resolution hair simulations to CGI animals and environments.
Lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry saves Atlanna, the queen of the underwater realm of Atlantis, during a hurricane in Maine in 1985. They marry and have a son named Arthur, who has the capacity to communicate with sea creatures.
When King Orvax’s Atlantean troops arrive to retrieve Atlanna, who has abandoned her arranged marriage in Atlantis, she fights them but is forced to forsake her family in order to protect them from her people.
She returns to Atlantis, promising to return when it is safe to do so, and gives Arthur’s instruction to her adviser, Nuidis Vulko. Arthur rejects Atlantis and becomes a great warrior after learning that Atlanna was punished by Orvax for loving a human and having a half-breed child.
Following the destruction of Steppenwolf, Arthur now finds himself in the midst of a pirate attack on a Russian Akula-class submarine. Their leader is killed in a failed attempt to assassinate Arthur, and his son David swears revenge.
Orm Marius, Orvax’s son (who is now Atlantis’ new ruler after his father went away), and Arthur’s younger half-brother convince King Nereus of Xebel to assist unite Atlantis and destroy the surface world for contaminating the seas. Orm will be called Ocean Master, the head of the planet’s most powerful force, if he unites all four kingdoms.
And that is how the story goes! The underwater thrills and adventures of life.
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While filming Aquaman (2018), Jason Momoa came up with a narrative concept for a sequel, which he pitched to Warner Bros. Entertainment chairman Toby Emmerich and producer Peter Safran.
Momoa indicated before the film’s release in October 2018 that he would be more involved in the development of a potential sequel, and that filming would begin in 2019. Director James Wan said that the film, which featured seven aquatic kingdoms that had yet to be fully explored, might spawn a slew of spin-off tales.
By the end of January, when Aquaman was on track to become the highest-grossing picture based on a single DC Comics character, Warner Bros. had reached an agreement with Wan to supervise the creation and scripting of a sequel, with the possibility of returning as director.
Wan had been very protective of sequels to his previous films Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013), and was “deeply invested” in the worldbuilding of Aquaman, which he had compared to Middle-earth, the Star Wars galaxy, and the Wizarding World
In early February 2019, Warner Bros. recruited Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to create the story for The Trench, an Aquaman spin-off film based on one of the kingdoms established in the first film. With Wan and Safran producing, the picture was expected to have a lower budget and not contain the core cast of Aquaman.
Wan, and Momoa wanted to take a “breather” first, but a few days later he reported that active development on a Aquaman sequel had begun, with the first film’s co-writer and frequent Wan collaborator David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick signing on to write the screenplay.
The sequel was scheduled to be produced by Wan and Safran, however it was uncertain if Wan would direct it. Warner Bros. set the release date for Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022, towards the end of February.
One of the main reasons Wan chose to direct the sequel was the opportunity to expand on the worldbuilding of the first film, as well as Johnson-script, McGoldrick’s which Wan thought had a “really cool story to bring all these characters back, and then grow them in a big way, and taking them to the next level or the next chapter of their lives.”
- Arthur Curry / Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, is a half-Atlantean, half-human ruler of Atlantis who can swim at superhuman speeds and converse with underwater life.
- Mera , played by Amber Heard, is the princess of Xebel and the daughter of King Nereus, who has the ability to control water through hydrokinesis and telepathically connect with other Atlanteans.
- Orm Marius / Ocean Master, played by Patrick Wilson, is Arthur’s Atlantean half-brother and the previous ruler of Atlantis.
- King Nereus, played by Dolph Lundgren, is the king of Xebel and Mera’s father.
- David Kane / Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, is a vicious pirate and high-seas mercenary who wears an Atlantean-powered costume.
- Thomas Curry, Arthur’s father and a lighthouse keeper, is played by Temuera Morrison.
Following charges of domestic violence levelled against her by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, Amber Heard refuted reports in November that she would not be repeating her role as Mera from the previous film.
A petition to get Heard removed from the franchise gathered more than 1.5 million signatures that month, after Warner Bros.’ decision to remove Depp from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022) after abuse claims published by The Sun were found to be “basically accurate”.
Heard’s comeback was “perfect” for the picture, according to Safran, and they never contemplated doing it without her. He went on to say that they would not respond to the petition’s “pure fan pressure” or other social media dialogues.
At this time, Emilia Clarke will not appear in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Despite her impressive performance, Amber Heard will resume her role as Queen Mera of Atlantis in the upcoming DCEU movie.
Mera is now played by Emilia Clarke, who replaces Amber Heard. Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa shared a moment in ‘Aquaman 2’. According to a new concept design, Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones will portray Mera in Aquaman 2 instead of Amber Heard. Aquaman, a Warner Bros. film, was a box office hit.
Aquaman premiered in London on November 26, 2018, and in the United States on December 21, 2018. With $1.148 billion worldwide, it was the highest-grossing DCEU film, the highest-grossing film based on a DC Comics character, the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2018, and the 20th-highest-grossing film of all time.
The film’s visual effects, production design, tone, action sequences, Wan’s directing, and Momoa’s performance were all acclaimed, however the plot and length were heavily criticised. A sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, will be released on December 16, 2022.
The movie gained a 6.9 out of 10 IMDb Rating while it has 65% from the Rotten Tomatoes. And there is another rating, 3/5 by the common sense media. And we hope to get the same positive response with the release of Aquaman 2!
Here is the teaser for Aquaman 2 while the movie is set for release in 2022.
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