Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom
Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom is an action/fantasy-fiction sequel to Aquaman (2018), being released tentatively on December 25, 2023, after being postponed for the second time. The previous release date was set as March 17, 2023, which was already a postponed date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aquaman (Arthur Curry), the protagonist is played by Jason Momoa, playing opposite “Black Manta” (David Kane) as the villain, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ben Affleck playing Batman (Bruce Wayne), with Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Patrick Wilson as the Ocean Master, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.
The movie is directed by famous Australian director James Wan, who is known for producing horror movies such as The Conjuring series, and the Annabelle series, and action films such as Mortal Kombat, Furious 7, etc.
The first sneak peek for the movie was given at the DC FanDome virtual event in October 2021, with the director James Wan promising Aquaman fans ‘something they haven’t seen ever before. The story baseline described by DC enthusiasts and hints from all over the internet suggests that when a senescent power gets unlocked, Aquaman must form an unlikely alliance with a suspicious ally, to save Atlantis, his home, and the world from irretrievable destruction. Amber Heard, who was signed to play the role of Princess Mera, is reported to be replaced by Emilia Clarke, owing to the Heard/Depp fiasco a few months ago.
Although the writing of the film was completed way before the trial with Amber as Mera in the picture, Warner Bros might be compelled to replace her due to obvious reasons and public sentiments. This might be another reason to delay the release in December next year.
DC Films have been in quite some trouble since the DC-Discovery feud, resulting in the scrapping of the project Batgirl, Batman: The Caped Crusader, and postponing the sequel to Shazam! (2019) to March 17, 2023.
As a matter of fact, many blockbusters are on their way to captivate their audience next year. John Wick 4, Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Avatar: The Way of Water, and many more are expected to hit the screens next year. This means more competition for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), because of which it has announced a ‘reset’, with a unique team to decide and plan long-term aspirations of the company’s future endeavors.
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