We knew Aquaman 2 was happening, but we didn't know how long we would have to wait for the movie to arrive. Now, we know the answer, and it's going to be a really long wait.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has officially set a release date of December 16, 2022 for Aquaman 2. That means we will have to wait for 3 years, 9 months and 19 days to watch the movie on big screen.
The second solo outing of Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry will go head-to-head with an untitled Disney live-action movie unless, of course, either of the studios eventually backs down. Illumination Animation also has an untitled movie scheduled for release the very next week. But there's no reason to fret over the sequel's box-office competitions, especially with the original movie vanquishing tentpoles like Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee in its opening weekend and eventually grossing over $1 billion globally.
Even though Aquaman 2 now has a release date, we don't know for sure whether James Wan would be back at the director's chair. From what we heard last month, Wan is unwilling to sign the dotted line as long as he doesn't get his hands on a seaworthy script.
And to come up with such a script, Warner Bros. has already hired David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who happens to be a frequent collaborator of the director and a writer of the original movie. With the movie landing the December 2022 release date, he will surely get plenty of time to pen the script. In the meantime, Wan can also focus on some other project, possibly a bit more intimate one than the DC superhero blockbuster.
We are pretty sure that Momoa's titular superhero will team up once again with Amber Heard's Mera for his next adventure. But this time, we are rooting for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Black Manta and Randall Park's Dr. Stephen Shin to get more screen times and have more crucial roles to play.