Aquaman 2 release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know

Aquaman 2, aka Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, should have been almost with us, but the DC sequel has had some release date delays pushing it back to Christmas 2023.

The sequel was confirmed shortly after the record-breaking success of the first movie, alongside a spin-off that has now been canned. Aquaman is definitely returning though and he’s going to be joined by one major DC hero.

As with the first movie, the sequel is directed by James Wan and written by the first movie’s co-writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. Wan and Peter Safran – who has now become co-head of DC Studios – have produced.

We may still have a while to wait, but at least there’s plenty of information to keep us ticking over, so here’s everything you need to know about Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

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Aquaman 2 release date: When is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom out in cinemas?

Long story short, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released in cinemas on December 25, 2023 in the US and December 29, 2023 in the UK.

Aquaman 2 cast: Who will be back in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom?

Jason Momoa will, of course, be back as Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, and he’ll be joined by Amber Heard as Mera.

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Patrick Wilson has confirmed he’s back as Orm and has been “slightly briefed” on what’s next for the deposed King of Atlantis, teasing: “I can tell you that even [Wan’s] concepts for Aquaman 2 are pushing it even further.”

And after the set-up for Black Manta to be the main villain of the sequel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has also confirmed he’s returning. “Black Manta will be back, and hopefully, he’ll be causing a lot more trouble than he did in the first one,” he teased.

Other returning cast members include Willem Dafoe as Nuidius Vulko, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, and Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, while newcomers include Indya Moore as DC villain Karshon and Pilou Asbæk in a mystery role.

Perhaps the most exciting news for DC fans though is that the sequel will feature Ben Affleck as Batman. It’s also been reported that Michael Keaton might show up as his Batman after his return in The Flash.

Who knows, maybe Julie Andrews will return as Karathen as well…

Aquaman 2 plot: What’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom about?

We might not have loads of information about Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom‘s plot just yet, but we do have an official (brief) synopsis:

“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,” it reads.

It’s unclear who the “unlikely ally” is, but perhaps it’s Orm who was defeated by Aquaman at the end of the first movie, leading to Aquaman usurping Orm as the rightful king of Atlantis.

jason momoa in aquaman's classic costume

So, the sequel is likely to pick up in the early days of the reign of the new King Aquaman, probably dealing with the first threat that he faces as lord of Atlantis. Whatever it ends up being, Momoa said way back in October 2019 that the whole thing was “mapped out”.

Other than that, we don’t know too much about what to expect in the sequel, but the writer has teased where we should look for some teasers.

“We’re not taking any one particular comic book story and adapting it, but if you want to know the vibe we’re going for, pick up pretty much any Silver Age story featuring Black Manta,” Johnson-McGoldrick told a fan on Twitter.

Talking at DC FanDome in August 2020, Wan gave a hint at how the sequel will be different, with Wilson getting him to confirm that it will visit “new worlds”.

“The second one is a little bit more serious, a little bit more relevant in the world we are living in today. That’s where it wants to go,” Wan explained.


Aquaman 2 trailer: Any Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom footage yet?

We’ll be waiting almost as long as Arthur was to reunite with his mother Atlanna for a trailer. Don’t expect anything major until the middle of 2023, probably.

There is, however, a very brief snippet from the sequel in this teaser of DC’s 2022 slate (when Aquaman 2 was set for release in 2022).

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