When is the Aquaman 2 release date? Aquaman made its DCEU debut in 2018, and opened to unforeseen success, pushing the character to new heights of popularity following the lukewarm reception of Justice League. It’s safe to say nobody is making jokes about Aquaman talking to fish with Jason Momoa leading the charge as Arthur Curry.
The action movie made $1.148 million at the box office, so a DCU sequel was pretty much guaranteed. Fast-forward to the present day, and Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is on the way, with James Wan back at the helm.
Thankfully, we know quite a bit about the superhero movie sequel already, thanks to the director, the cast, and DC FanDome 2021. So grab your golden trident, and let’s dive into what we know about the Aquaman 2 release date.
Aquaman 2 release date
The Aquaman 2 release date is set for December 25, 2023.
Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom started production way back in June 2021 – shooting under the working title ‘Necrus’. This is actually a huge clue as to where the sequel is going, but we’ll get to that later. Although following this news, Warner Bros. announced that it isn’t going ahead with the spin-off movie The Trench, which would’ve followed the monstrous creatures from the first film.
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The DC movie was originally set to be released in December 2022, but was pushed back a year to avoid battling it out with the James Cameron movie Avatar 2 – good decision!
Aquaman 2 plot speculation
The Aquaman 2 plot is likely to see Arthur Curry searching for Necrus, the hidden, eighth Atlantean kingdom.
The first film follows Arthur Curry as he reluctantly decides to pick up his birthright as King of Atlantis to stave off a war between the underwater kingdom and the rest of the world. His decision sparks a global adventure as he hunts for the trident of King Atlan.
But it sounds like his new title will only lead to more mysteries in the sequel, including the secrets of the “Lost Kingdom.” In the comics, there is an eighth Atlantean kingdom called Necrus (the film’s working title) which flits in and out of our plane of existence depending on the location of an alien satellite which orbits the planet.
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It’s not clear why Arthur is searching for (yet another) hidden location connected to Atlantis, but it’ll widen the scope of the DCU even further according to Wan. The director told audiences at DC FanDome that the hero will “visit so many different worlds” in the sequel.
Of course, it’s not just going to be two hours of Aquaman going sightseeing, oh no. Both Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Patrick Wilson will reprise their respective roles as DC villains Black Manta and Orm/Ocean Master.
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It’ll be interesting to see how Orm’s dynamic with Arthur changes following his defeat in the first film, it’s possible he might return in something of a Thor/Loki-type situation (to borrow from a rival universe) where the brothers reluctantly work together.
The last time audiences saw David Hyde/Black Manta, he was vowing to get revenge on Momoa’s hero for killing his father and defeating him in battle. But he also allies himself with an Atlantean expert, Dr Stephen Shin. Interesting. Aquaman better watch his back.
Aquaman 2 cast speculation
Jason Momoa is reprising his role as the titular hero for the Aquaman 2 cast. It looks like he’ll don a new costume this time around, too. Sure, the orange and green look is iconic, but the star revealed his sleek dark blue and silver outfit in the sequel on Instagram.
The new-look borrows a lot of visual elements from the comic’s stealth suit, although why he needs a discreet costume remains a mystery for now.
The star also recently told Ellen Degeneres that he needs surgery thanks to injuries he sustained during production, so expect to see some pretty big stunts in the sequel. Jango and Boba Fett himself, Temuera Morrison is coming back to play Arthur’s father, hopefully, he gets the royal treatment this time around.
It remains to be seen whether this will be Momoa’s last turn as Aquaman. With James Gunn and Peter Safran taking over at DC Films and launching their new slate of content titled Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters, it is unclear whether Momoa fits into these plans or not.
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Amber Heard is also set to return as Mera of Xebel, although Warner Bros came under fire after the star’s recent legal battles with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. It is rumoured Mera’s role will be trimmed as a result.
Dolph Lundgren is also returning to play Mera’s father, King Nereus of Xebel. Dolph recently confirmed he’d finished shooting and celebrated with an Instagram post.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Patrick Wilson will, of course, return as their respective villains, Black Manta and Ocean Master – and hopefully, they both offer Aquaman more than just another bad guy to punch.
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Randall Park is also batting for the dark side since he was last seen teaming up with Black Manta at the end of the first film. The sequel will even introduce new figures on its journey to The Lost Kingdom, like Jani Zhao’s Stingray (a completely new character) and Indya Moore’s Karshon, a giant tiger shark. So that’ll be fun.
That’s all we know about Aquaman 2 release date for now. In the meantime, check out our guide to the Joker 2 release date or the Flash release date for more DC goodness. We’ve also got an article on all the wonderful new movies coming in 2023. Finally, we have a guide on the upcoming Superman movie, Superman Legacy.