Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is one of the most hotly-anticipated movies on the DC slate, and now the first trailer has been revealed.


The footage was shown during an exclusive presentation to CinemaCon 2023 audience members.

Director James Wan said in video clip during the event that the Aquaman sequel visits “beautiful strange new worlds” where it explores “interesting new characters”.

“It’s an action-adventure story with a really fun bromance between Arthur and Orm,” he said. “Orm was a villain the first time around, but this time Arthur needs him.”

Find out more about the latest trailer, as well as everything we know about Aquaman 2 so far below.

When will Aquaman 2 be released?

Amber Heard and Jason Momoa star in Aquaman (2018)
Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in Aquaman. SEAC

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is now currently scheduled to be released on 25th December in US cinemas 2023, before landing in UK cinemas on 29th December.

The sequel was previously set for a December 2022 release date, and then 17th March 2023, but sadly fans will have to wait a little bit longer.

This was due to COVID-19 production delays in the visual effects department, according to Variety.

Director James Wan took to social media to announce the end of filming for the sequel in January 2022.

He posted a photo of himself celebrating the moment with Momoa and Patrick Wilson on Instagram, alongside the caption: “Finally, finally, finally picture wrap on the actual last day of Aquaman 2.”

Aquaman 2 cast

Jason Momoa
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Jason Momoa is reprising his role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman, it has been confirmed.

Other confirmed cast members include Amber Heard (Mera) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta).

Ocean Master/Orm actor Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren (as Nereus), Nicole Kidman (Atlanna), Temuera Morrison (Tom Curry) and Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko) are also set to return.

Alongside the returning characters, we'll also see a host of new faces in Aquaman 2.

Momoa's fellow Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek has joined the cast of Aquaman 2, according to Deadline, but his role is yet to be announced.

What's more, Randall Park is also on board as Dr Stephen Shin, a marine biologist set on finding Atlantis, while Vincent Regan will portray Atman, the first king of Atlantis.

Elsewhere, Jani Zhao has also joined the cast as Stingray.

Momoa's Justice League co-star Ben Affleck is also part of the cast, with the actor reprising his role as Batman.

“REUNITED,” he Momoa wrote on Instagram back in July 2022. “Bruce and arthur. love u and miss u Ben WB studio tours just explored the backlot alright. busted on set all great things coming AQUAMAN 2 all my aloha j."

Affleck previously hung up his cape in 2019, and has been open about the challenges that came with the role.

However, it was then revealed that Affleck would be suiting up once more for The Flash, which is due out in June 2023.

What will Aquaman 2 be about?

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It’ll almost certainly see Black Manta demanding vengeance for Aquaman’s transgressions in the opening minutes of the first film (not to mention the rest). In the first film, we only saw an origin story of the classic villain, so his second outing is the logical time to unleash his full potential as Aquaman’s arch-nemesis with more than 50 years' worth of comics history to look to for inspiration.

"I can tell you that [James Wan's] concepts for Aquaman 2 are pushing it even further,” teased Wilson.

"Of course, I want to know everything, but I also have a great respect for him and the process to know that I’m OK staying out of it until it’s late in the game. Sometimes, there’s so much information that I don’t ask because I don’t want to know, and I don’t want him to go, 'I can’t tell you that yet.'

"I have a few ideas of where Orm fits in, but I’m not gonna talk about them."

In August 2020, James Wan claimed that we could see rather a different film to the original Aquaman in terms of its tone.

Speaking at a DC Fan Dome virtual panel, the director said, “I think the second one is a little bit more serious, a little bit more relevant in the world we are living in today. I think that’s where it wants to go."

Warner Bros' official Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom synopsis reads: “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.”

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What happened in Aquaman?

Set some time after 2017’s Justice League, Aquaman saw Arthur attempt to claim his destiny as the King of Atlantis from his brother-turned-foe Orm.

Hell-bent on igniting a war between those above and below sea level, Orm enlisted the help of Black Manta to seal his place above the other underwater kings as the Ocean Master. The only hope being, if Arthur, always reluctant to recognise his responsibility, usurp his half-brother as the rightful King. Doing this meant acquiring the lost Trident of Atlan, an ancient relic that can only be wielded by the true king of the sea. With it, Arthur was able to rally the support of all forces threatening the overworld and turn them against Orm.

However, in a post-credits scene a recovering Black Manta swore his revenge, so we doubt this is the last we've heard of that storyline.

When will a trailer be released?

The first trailer was shown during an exclusive presentation to CinemaCon 2023 audience members in April, so it hopefully shouldn't be too long before the wider world gets to see it.

According to Deadline, the trailer features Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman, who now has a child, Dr Stephen Shin (Randall Park) on an arctic expedition, and the Black Trident, a weapon that Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) vows to use to “destroy Aquaman and everything he holds dear".

Amber Heard's character Mera also appears in the footage according to reports and, according to Deadline, has a cameo in a battle scene in the movie.

Aquaman 2 is set to hit cinemas on 17th March 2023 - find out what else to watch with our TV Guide.


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