Not only is Aquaman 2 getting ready to start filming Jason Momoa's glistening armor, but we finally have a title (details below). While plot details are scarcer than full bottles of booze around Arthur Curry, we have scrounged up a fair bit of details about the upcoming DCEU film. Unfortunately, though the film's hit a bit of trouble: Jason Momoa has to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. More details below.
Of course, the film picks up where the first Aquaman movie left off, when Curry finally embraced his role as the King of Atlantis. Aquaman already has a target on his back, put there by David Kane (aka Black Manta), who was rescued at the end of the first movie. Kane's headed to Atlantis and bringing marine scientist Steven Shin (played by Randall Park) with him.
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Aquaman 2 release date and possible delay
While we've been in a veritable sea of delays, Aquaman 2 is currently scheduled for release in December 16, 2022. This date seems pretty far-out and sturdy.
Except the film's star, Jason Momoa, is currently unable to film. The Sun reports that the actor tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating. A source speaking to the publication said that "it’s a real headache for the film’s bosses, who are now worrying about having to delay their tight filming schedule."
That would fit with the details we got from Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus), who told a Wizard World panel that production is set to begin in Summer 2021.
We haven't seen any Aquaman 2 delays because of its original release date being so far into the future. That was made so because of DC's crowded release schedule, which it will shine some light on at DC Fandome 2021.
Aquaman 2 cast
The main and confirmed cast for Aquaman 2 still seems a bit short, but most of the key players are returning. That starts with Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, and Amber Heard as Mera.
Patrick Wilson is reprising his role as King Orm, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is back in the Black Manta gear, but we'll explain more about them in the Villains section below.
Most recently, Momoa's fellow Game of Thrones alumnus Pilou Asbaek (who was Euron Greyjoy in the HBO series) was reportedly added to Aquaman 2. His role has not been announced as of yet.
The current cast is as follows:
- Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman
- Amber Heard as Mera
- Patrick Wilson as King Orm / Ocean Master
- Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane / Black Manta
- Pilou Asbaek in a TBA role
Possible, but still unconfirmed, returns include Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.
Aquaman 2 title
Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is the full title of Aquaman 2, as announced by director James Wan on Instagram. The Lost Kingdom is one of the seven kingdoms of Atlantis, and so may be Arthur Curry/Aquaman's job to find this land and restore it to a functioning part of the empire.
Aquaman 2: Amber Heard photo
Following debunked rumors of Amber Heard being fired from Aquaman 2, the co-star teased her return to the role of Queen Mera with a photo of her taking a moment to read some of late Scottish author Iain M. Banks' sci-fi book Surface Detail.
Her caption, "Before Aquaman took the last pages out of this book" references how her co-star Jason Momoa reportedly loves to rip the final pages out of a book before one of his co-stars can finish it.
Aquaman 2 behind the scenes video
We're living through the joy in Jason Momoa's face in this clip that was delivered to DC Fandome. We saw all the familiar faces we expected in this reel.
Aquaman 2 villains
We know two names to expect to make life tough for Arthur Curry and the rest of the Aquaman 2 heroes, and they're both familiar faces. Patrick Wilson is back as Orm the Ocean Master and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also return as Black Manta.
Orm won't be the big bad, as Wilson described at an event at an independent bookstore (via Inverse) that "He's not gonna be a main villain in another movie." This leaves Black Manta as the likely big-bad — which makes sense given Aquaman's post-credits scene that revealed that Black Manta isn't just alive, but very angry with Aquaman.
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