If you thought DC Studios would ignore the monstrous success of its 2018 billion-dollar hit Aquaman, you were wrong.
Despite delays and a couple of fun horror excursions, James Wan is back to direct the king of Atlantis in a brand new film.
Aquaman has been one of DC’s most successful films with audiences and critics alike, mixing great action with a fun, adventurous tone and the occasional scare to remind us that Wan is also a great horror director.
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So far, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom appears to be the last DCEU movie before the new DCU slate kicks in.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom release date
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released in US cinemas on December 25, 2023 and in the UK on December 29, hoping to enter people’s hearts during the Christmas holidays.
Originally scheduled for a Christmas 2022 release, the film has been delayed several times: first to March 2023, then to December 2023.
The winter release worked in its favor last time around, but given that it’s the big holiday release after Avatar: The Way of Water and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will audiences be watered down?
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There’s still a long time between now and December, and no word has been released on how long the film will last.
The cast of Aquaman and the lost kingdom
The sequel to Aquaman would feel empty without Aquaman, so luckily Jason Momoa is back as half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry, the king of Atlantis.
Also returning from the first film is Amber Heard as Princess of the Kingdom of Xebel – and love interest – Mera.
Also returning are Willem Dafoe as royal vizier Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Curry’s half-brother and nemesis Orm Marius.
Dolph Lundgren returns as King Xebel Nereus, Mera’s father, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II returns as pirate enemy David Kane who adopts armor that makes him the Black Manta.
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Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman reprise their roles as Arthur’s parents Thomas and Atlanna, respectively, while Randall Park returns as Atlantis’ obsessive scientist Dr. Stephen Shin.
Pilou Asbæk has been cast in an undisclosed role, while Vincent Regan will play Atlan, the first king of Atlantis and Ben Affleck will reportedly play Bruce Wayne / Batman.
Indya Moore will play Karshon and Jani Zhao will play Stingray.
What is the plot of Aquaman and the lost kingdom?
The plot is being kept under wraps at the moment, but it will see Arthur don a sleek new black suit for his adventure.
Since Momoa had a hand in the film’s story writing process, there’s every chance the film will manage to keep the fun and exciting tone of the former while moving it into safer, darker territory like the Trench sequence in the former. movie.
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Former DC Studios executive Walter Hamada described the film as “a buddy comedy” between Momoa’s Aquaman and Patrick Wilson’s King Orm.
Is there a trailer for Aquaman and the lost kingdom?
Despite the film’s release date being imminent, aside from an image of Aquaman’s new suit, title, and new logo, audiences haven’t seen much in the way of clips and trailers for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
That said, during CinemaCon in Las Vegas in late April 2023, attendees witnessed the first airing of the film’s first footage. In the debut trailer, reports suggest we see Momoa’s Arthur Curry juggling the double life of a father on land and royalty under the sea.
While Heard’s Mera is seemingly only seen in fleeting glimpses, some sites have theorized that her character may soon die, forcing Curry to join forces with his half-brother Orm (Wilson), to face a new enemy who has gained control of the Black Trident, Black Manta (Abdul-Mateen II).
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released on December 29, 2023.