At long last, Warner Bros. has released a full-length trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman has been in the work for a long time, and has been delayed several times. But the studio is set on releasing the DC Comics blockbuster in December after a pretty bumpy road that included several rounds of reshoots. So, what has director James Wan cooked up in all of that time? Check it out.
The first Aquaman was already a massive-scale adventure. Somehow, it seems that Wan has managed to outdo himself here. The film looks absolutely massive. Lots of action, new worlds to explore, and Black Manta taking the spotlight as the main villain this time around.
Here is the synopsis for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
“Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.”
Filming on The Lost Kingdom originally wrapped in January 2022. Since then, Wan has had to contend with several regime changes at Warner Bros. There’s also the fact that the DC Universe is headed for a reboot under the direction of James Gunn and Peter Safran. That has all complicated matters for this film. Not only that, but the ongoing Screen Actors Guild strike is prevening the cast from doing press. As a result, it was believed that WB might delay the film yet again. However, they’ve decided to press forward with the release as planned.
The cast includes Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Amber Heard as Mera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.
Peter Safran, Rob Cowan and Wan are on board as producers. The executive producers are Galen Vaisman and Walter Hamada. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick penned the screenplay, working from a story he cooked up with Wan, Momoa and Thomas Pa’a Sibbett.