James Wan has shared new concept art for Aquaman and the Lost Realm which features Black Manta, the nemesis of Jason Momoa’s DC hero.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom may have been pushed back to December 2022, but director James Wan has shared new concept art for the film. Taking to social media, the filmmaker teased fans with some concept art footage from the sequel.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom had a colorful production history. If for no other reasonAquaman 2 underwent reshoots to replace Michael Keaton’s Batman, who was originally slated to appear in the film. Warner Bros. as a whole underwent massive changes following its merger with Discovery and the installation of new CEO David Zaslav. The latest change to the movie happened because the film would have needed more time in post-production, meaning it will now be released just over five years after the original. Aquaman the film was released in 2018.
To help quell fans’ enthusiasm for the film, Wan shared the Aquaman 2 concept art on his Instagram. Writing that the film still has plenty of surprises for fans, and the art only scratches the surface of the “weird and wonderful” world that Wan and his production team are creating. But what was shown teases an action-packed plot and a glimpse of Aquaman’s nemesis, Black Manta. Concept art illustrates a colorful and vibrant underwater world – reefs and marine life abound. Sunken wrecks and lush landscapes are also present.
Aquaman himself seems to be struggling in the new film, which shows no signs of slowing down. He was seen battling a giant jellyfish and confronting a woman who appears to be an octopus hybrid. A giant battle also seems to take place in the film. The final image is perhaps the most tantalizing, which shows Aquaman crossing tridents with Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who is perfectly dressed after being teased at the end of the last Aquaman film.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom seems like a promising undertaking. Interestingly, Ben Affleck’s Batman will return in the film, despite much fan speculation that Affleck is done playing the character and reports that the DCEU will change direction going forward.
However, the film has been pushed back more than once. It’s easy to see why fans can be weary of the franchise. Lots of reshoots usually don’t bode well for a movie, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Aquaman 2 won’t do well. Zaslav’s recent cancellations and the change in DC’s film department might also give fans pause. For example, Michael Keaton’s role as Batman has been increasingly reduced, meaning Keaton can end up playing Batman entirely. A fan favorite like Keaton leaving the universe probably won’t endear fans to the new direction.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released in theaters on December 25, 2023.
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