Aquaman And the Lost Kingdom director James Wan has shared his thoughts on the studio’s decision to delay release to December 25, 2023.
The director, returning from his first successful stint at the helm of Arthur Curry’s journey, says “I’m a bit superstitious, and I love that it’s a December release like the first one.”
The delay of the film, along with fellow DCEU film Shazam!: Fury of The Gods, are just two of the sweeping changes following the merger of Warner Media and Discovery. Projects like Batgirl have been permanently shelved as CEO David Zazlav strives to find direction with Warner Discovery’s DC projects.
Aquaman Director Shares Concept Art And Possible Plot Details Therein
Wan also took the opportunity to share with fans new concept art for the upcoming film. The imagery released suggests Aquaman (Jason Momoa) will battle a giant jellyfish, as well as a frozen enigmatic creature. There is also imagery depicting the long-awaited rematch between Arthur and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). And lastly, there is art revealing an idyllic kingdom. Could this possibly be The Lost Kingdom, seen briefly in the first film now populated by The Trench? Is this to be seen in a flashback sequence?
As fans can recall, Atlantis was sunk by the hubris of King Atlan’s scientists. With his trident, Atlan enabled the survivors to become water-breathers, and many broke off to found their own kingdoms. The energies released also mutated them in different ways. While many managed to retain their civility and intelligence, The Trench devolved into savage, humanoid piranha-like monsters dwelling in darkness. Further, it was through that very kingdom that Arthur and Mera (Amber Heard) risked their lives in their quest to reach the Trident. Claiming it not only solidified his right to the throne, but allowed him to command all sea life. And that sea life included The Trench. As to where this journey back into the Lost Kingdom will lead Aquaman, a full synopsis has yet to be released.
Other returning cast members from the first film are Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman, and Randall Park. Recent reports have confirmed that Ben Affleck will also reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film.
Official Source – Aquaman 2: James Wan Comments on Delay, Shares New Concept Art (collider.com)