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‘Aquaman 2’ plot details confirmed by official synopsis

The first details on the DC sequel have emerged

By Joe Goggins

Jason Momoa in a press shot for 'Aquaman', 2018
Jason Momoa will return to the titular role in a story he pitched himself. (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Warner Bros. have released the first plot details for the upcoming ‘Aquaman’ sequel.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ is one of four films from the DC Extended Universe scheduled for release in 2022, alongside ‘Black Adam’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Batgirl’. The first instalment in the series, released in 2018, was a massive success at the box office, raking in over $1 billion worldwide; it is currently the 20th highest-grossing film of all time.

With James Wan back in the director’s chair and Jason Momoa reprising the titular role, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’s plot synopsis reads as follows: “When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.” At the virtual DC FanDome event back in August, Wan had already confirmed that the sequel would strike a more serious tone than its predecessor, featuring more real-world themes, per Deadline.

Wan also confirmed his intention to explore more underwater kingdoms in the new film, as well as work in horror elements similar to the trench sequence in the first instalment. Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman will all reprise their roles as Mera, King Nereus, Orm Marius and Atlanna, respectively; confirmed newcomers to the franchise, meanwhile, will include Indya Moore playing the part of Karshon.

Momoa developed the story himself with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who went on to pen the screenplay. Filming on the movie wrapped earlier this month, having begun in June near London. Back in September, Momoa teased fans with hints on the new direction that the sequel will take. “This time around, I feel like [we’re] pulling out all the stops,” he told Fandango. “We all learned something one the first one. It’s exciting because I haven’t made too many sequels, even on the page, it was absolutely wonderful. There is so much going on.” 

‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ is set for release on December 16, 2022. It will be the 13th film in the DC Extended Universe.