Late final 12 months, James Wan’s Aquaman continued the DCEU’s surprising successful streak. After getting off to a sluggish begin with movies like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, the franchise began setting itself aside with Marvel Girl, and later with Jason Momoa’s solo outing because the King of Atlantis.
When Aquaman grew to become the very best grossing film ever tailored from DC Comics characters with a worldwide field workplace gross of greater than $1 billion, it didn’t take too lengthy for Warner Bros. to greenlight a sequel. So, in anticipation of Aquaman 2, listed below are 5 Issues That Have Been Confirmed (And 5 Fan Theories).
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10 Confirmed: James Wan Is Again In The Director’s Chair
Having made his identify directing horror motion pictures like Insidious and The Conjuring and proving he might deal with a big-budget motion blockbuster with Livid 7, James Wan was an fascinating option to sort out the DCEU’s Aquaman film. All in all, he nailed it, expertly weaving world-building into an thrilling plot. The studio was fast to get Wan signed again on to direct the sequel to Aquaman. Wan is helming one other horror film – a smaller, low-budget piece starring Annabelle Wallis that’s set to enter manufacturing this fall – earlier than diving again into Atlantis, however he’s signed on to direct the sequel.
9 Fan Concept: Aquaman Will Staff Up With One other Member Of The Justice League
Warner Bros. has mentioned that much less linked DC Comics motion pictures are the way in which ahead, having tried to power an excessive amount of interconnectivity too quickly in Batman v Superman and Justice League. Nonetheless, now that Aquaman, Marvel Girl, and Shazam! have gotten the DCEU again on monitor, the studio could possibly be seeking to reintroduce some parts of connective tissue within the Aquaman sequel.
Clearly, not one of the different members of the Justice League can breathe underwater, however Jason Momoa has mentioned that Aquaman 2 might be set in each land and sea environments, so there’s room to slot in Marvel Girl or the Flash to present him a serving to hand alongside the way in which.
eight Confirmed: Jason Momoa Is Working On The Story With The Unique’s Co-Author
David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, one of many writers who labored on the primary Aquaman film, has been employed to put in writing the sequel. Jason Momoa has mentioned that he’s been working intently with Johnson-McGoldrick on the story. Momoa defined, “I was excited to get back in there, and so I’ve been working with our previous writer [Johnson-McGoldrick], and getting in there, and we’ve got a locked story, and we’re getting into it.” The actor additionally has mentioned that the sequel might be “way bigger” than the unique (which was already fairly large) and he’s pitched a few of his personal concepts to James Wan and the studio, who “loved them.”
7 Fan Concept: There Will Be Much less World-Constructing
A number of 2018’s Aquaman was centered round establishing the story’s world. It launched us to Atlantis, the Trench, the Seven Kingdoms; we bought lectures in Atlantean politics; we noticed how Atlantean ceremonies and fight go down. The stage is about for the Aquaman sequel to re-immerse us in a world that we’re already conversant in and deal with the story. For that reason, some followers have recommended that Aquaman 2 will characteristic little to no world-building in any respect, as a substitute utilizing the pre-built world from the primary one. It could possibly be The Darkish Knight of the DCEU’s Aquaman solo franchise.
6 Confirmed: It’ll Be Launched On December 16, 2022
Warner Bros. has slated Aquaman 2 for a theatrical launch on December 16, 2022. There aren’t many dated motion pictures for that 12 months but, because it’s some time away, however there are many sequels planning to hit theaters in 2022: The Matrix four, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, Mission: Unimaginable eight (which is capturing back-to-back with Mission: Unimaginable 7), The LEGO Batman Film 2. Disney has slated probably the most releases of any studio for 2022, together with a Star Wars film, a few live-action remakes, a few Marvel motion pictures, and a few Pixar motion pictures. A movie adaptation of Minecraft and the fourth of 5 deliberate installments within the Incredible Beasts franchise may also be arriving in 2022.
5 Fan Concept: Vulko Falsified Elements Of The Story Of Atlan
Posited by a since-deleted Reddit account, this fan idea goes that the story of Atlan, as advised by Vulko to Aquaman and Mera, has been partially falsified to color Atlan in a extra optimistic mild than he deserves. Within the true model of occasions, supposedly, Atlan was extra of a tyrant. The Karathen is launched as one of many oldest and strongest beings on Earth, a sea creature with traits of all sea creatures. The idea means that Atlantis didn’t thrive resulting from its superior know-how or religious vitality, however as a result of it genetically engineered the proper sea-dwelling species by combining human DNA with the Karathen’s.
four Confirmed: Black Manta Will Return
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has confirmed that he might be returning as Black Manta because the Aquaman sequel. That is hardly shocking, because the first one’s post-credits scene set him up for a bigger position sooner or later. He’ll proceed his campaign to avenge his father’s dying. The scene appeared to arrange Randall Park’s character Dr. Stephen Shin for a much bigger position going ahead, too. He’s the one who fished Black Manta out of the ocean, and he’d spent the film alienating newscasters together with his conspiracy theories concerning the existence of Atlantis. That’ll be enjoyable to discover within the subsequent film.
three Fan Concept: Black Manta Is Half-Atlantean
Advised by Reddit consumer u/Whatapunk, there’s some advantage to this idea that Black Manta has some Atlantean blood coursing by means of his veins. The idea is generally predicated on the truth that Black Manta was in a position to wound Aquaman – who, it’s established, can solely be harmed by Atlantean metal – utilizing his grandfather’s knife that his father handed all the way down to him.
His grandfather is claimed to have returned to the ocean and lived a solitary life, so mating with an Atlantean would clarify how he nonetheless had a household. There’s an opportunity that his grandfather was from an ocean-dwelling species that wasn’t essentially Atlantean, but it surely’s nonetheless fascinating to consider.
2 Confirmed: It’ll Carry An Environmentalist Message
When Jason Momoa appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ speak present to debate his current environmentalist activism, he was requested concerning the Aquaman sequel, and he talked about that his plan is to present the second film a strong message concerning the influence that humanity is having on the atmosphere: “I was really, really, really passionate to do the second one, because it’s the first time where it’s all on Earth. It’s combining land and sea, kind of like what I’m doing with this [environmental cause]. There’s no outside aliens destroying Earth – it’s us.” The unique carried an environmentalist message, but it surely didn’t discover it in depth, so it’ll be fascinating to see the sequel go deeper with these themes.
1 Fan Concept: Arthur Curry Will Rule Atlantis As A Tyrant
Within the ultimate battle of Aquaman, Arthur Curry marches into the fight enviornment on the again of a legendary creature to usurp the throne of Atlantis from his half-brother, Orm. As identified by u/Symiir, there’s an issue with this. For a lot of the film, Arthur is following a normal hero’s journey, studying from his errors to be able to grow to be a match king. Nonetheless, as soon as he retrieves the Trident, he makes use of bloodshed to grab his kingdom. He doesn’t simply use his new legendary buddy to cease Orm’s forces – all the brine troopers are worn out, too. So, the idea is that within the sequel, Arthur Curry will rule Atlantis as a tyrant.
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