“Oh, yeah, I finally got a job… I’m the King of Atlantis.”
After several reshoots, delays, and more than a fair share of controversy surrounding the cast — not to mention questions about whether its release as party of the “Snyderverse” even makes sense given James Gunn is relaunching the DCU — Warner Bros. appears to be surging forward with the long-awaited sequel to Aquaman.
After the new teaser trailer was dropped several days ago, fans were still left wondering what the tone of the new movie would be, but the new trailer reveals the movie attempts to balance the war-and-destruction plot with more light-hearted and family-focused character moments. In a recent interview, director James Wan explained that relationships were the focus of his journey for the King of the Seven Seas:
I always pitched this to everyone from the get-go. The first ‘Aquaman’ was Arthur and Mera’s journey. The second movie was always going to be Arthur and Orm. So, the first was a romance action-adventure movie, the second one is a bromance action-adventure movie.
James Wan returns to direct the sequel from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, based on a story he wrote with Johnson-McGoldrick, Thomas Pa’a Sibbett and Jason Momoa. Momoa returns as Arthur Curry/Aquaman; with Patrick Wilson is Orm; Amber Heard as Mera; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna; Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus; and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom opens in theaters worldwide on December 20th!