This planned American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Aquaman is called Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. A sequel to Aquaman (2018) and the thirteenth film in the DC Extended Universe, it will be produced by DC Films, The Safran Company, and Atomic Monster Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (DCEU). In addition to Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman feature in the picture directed by James Wan from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.
A sequel to Aquaman was suggested by Momoa during the filming of the first movie. However, Wan decided in January 2019 that he would take charge of the sequel’s development. Later, Johnson-McGoldrick contracted to write the script and Wan was announced to helm the film in August 2020. In June 2021, he confirmed the film’s title and said that it will expand on the worldbuilding established in Aquaman. Beginning at the end of this month, filming in the UK, Hawaii, and Los Angeles will continue until January 2022.
The release date for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is December 16, 2022.
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Production
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Development
Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Entertainment chairman, and Peter Safran, producer of Aquaman (2018), were both given a screenplay idea for a sequel by Jason Momoa during the filming of Aquaman 2018. Prior to the film’s release, Momoa claimed he would be more engaged in the creation of a sequel and anticipated production to begin in 2019. Aquaman’s director, James Wan, indicated that the film’s introduction of seven previously unexplored undersea nations might lead to other narratives.
By the beginning of December, Emmerich was confident enough in the film’s box office prospects to begin talking about a sequel. Warner Bros. was in talks with Wan to supervise the creation and scripting of a sequel with the possibility to return as director by the end of January, when Aquaman was projected to become the highest-grossing picture based on a single DC Comics character. Deadline Hollywood’s Geoff Boucher observed that Wan had been “fully committed” in the worldbuilding of Aquaman and that he was “extremely protective” of sequels to his earlier flicks Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013). Former Aquaman director James Wan has linked the setting of his film to Middle-earth, the Star Wars universe, and the Wizarding World.
With Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald’s screenplay for an Aquaman spin-off film called The Trench in the works, Warner Bros. has announced plans for a second film based on a kingdom revealed in the first film. A lesser budget and a lack of Aquaman’s primary actors were supposed to be the result of the film being produced by Wan and Safran. Aquaman’s co-writer and frequent Wan collaborator David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has signed on to write the screenplay for the sequel to the film, according to Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter. The sequel was being produced by Wan and Safran, but Wan’s involvement as director was still up in the air.
It was announced at the end of February by Warner Bros. that Aquaman 2 will be released on December 16, 2022. He and Wan didn’t want to hurry the second picture, and Warner Bros. was on board with that since the release date was set for four years after its predecessor. A similar approach to the Conjuring Universe is taking place with Aquaman spin-offs like The Trench, he said, comparing it to how they’re handling the Aquaman series. Wan, according to Safran, is well-versed in “the architecture, the armoury, the military, the aesthetic, the feel, the overall vibe” of each of the seven kingdoms and hopes to study them all further in future projects.
First, Wan was scheduled to direct Malignant (2021) in July 2019, then begin production on Aquaman 2 in November 2019. When Patrick Wilson spoke about the sequel in November, he hinted that he will reprise his role as Orm Marius / Ocean Master from the first film. A month later, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II revealed that he will be returning as David Kane / Black Manta and that he planned to further develop the character’s backstory and character arc with new material.
When asked about the sequel, Johnson-McGoldrick said in March 2020 that it was inspired by the Aquaman tales from the Silver Age of Comics, which featured Black Manta as a villain. This picture will be more serious than the original, with issues that are more relevant to today’s world. Wan confirmed this during the virtual DC FanDome event in August, when he revealed he will be directing this sequel. He went on to say that there will be additional world-building and exploration of the underwater kingdoms, as well as some horror aspects akin to the Trench segment from the first film. To Wan’s credit, Johnson-screenplay McGoldrick’s featured a “very interesting premise to bring all these characters back, and then expanding them in a major manner,” which was one of the primary reasons he wanted to helm the sequel.
It was reported in November that Amber Heard will not be reprising her role as Mera from the previous film because to claims made by her ex-husband Johnny Depp of domestic violence against her. That same month, more than 1.5 million people signed a petition demanding that Warner Bros. remove Heard from the Fantastic Beasts series after claims of sexual assault made public by The Sun were found to be “largely accurate.” There were no plans to go on without her, according to Safran. According to him, they would not respond to the “pure fan pressure” of the petition and other social media discussions.
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Pre-production
In February 2021, Dolph Lundgren said that he will reprise his role as King Nereus in the sequel, and production would begin later that year in London. A month later, the anticipated filming start date was announced to be in June, albeit the COVID-19 pandemic might have an influence on this. According to Warner Bros. and DC, the production of The Trench was halted in April due to a lack of budgetary space and a belief that Aquaman 2 would suffice as a sequel for the time being. Pilou Asbk began negotiations to join the cast later that month. Earlier this year, Momoa confirmed that he will begin shooting Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in July. A month later, director James Wan said that Momoa would reprise his role as Aquaman’s father, Thomas Curry, in the sequel.
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Filming
On June 28, 2021, principal filming for the film Necrus started in London. From the first film, Don Burgess was back as cinematographer. According to Wan, the film Planet of the Vampires had a major influence on the sequel’s storyline in August (1965). Early in September, cameras rolled on Devon’s Saunton Sands beach for a film. Randall Park was confirmed as Dr. Stephen Shin, Vincent Regan was cast as the ancient king Atlan, Jani Zhao was cast as Stingray, and Indya Moore was cast as Karshon in the sequel.
Ninety-five percent of the picture was shot in Britain, while the remainder was shot in Hawaii until December 9. Soon later, it was revealed that Nicole Kidman will be returning as Atlanna, the mother of Aquaman. Moving on to Los Angeles, filming concluded on January 12th, 2022 in Malibu and was declared fully completed.
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Music
It was announced in August 2021 that Rupert Gregson-Williams was returning to score the sequel after he did so
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Marketing
During a panel discussion at the virtual DC FanDome event in August 2020, Wan and Wilson hinted ideas for the film. Concept art and behind-the-scenes video from shooting were shown at DC FanDome 2021 a year later.
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Release Date
The film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released in the United States on December 16, 2022, and it will be accessible for streaming on HBO Max 45 days after the theatrical premiere.