The superhero universe is gearing up for another thrilling aquatic adventure with the much-anticipated release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on December 22, 2023.

The film will mark the 15th and final installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). With the introduction of James Gunn (known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) as the CEO of DC Studios, the DCEU is taking a new direction, meaning the existing universe with the characters of 2017’s Justice League will end with this Aquaman sequel.

Everything You Should Know Before Seeing Aquaman 2

Whether you have seen the first Aquaman film or you’re jumping straight into the sequel, below is some background information to help you get you caught up.


The character of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, made his debut in DC Comics in 1941. As the half-human, half-Atlantean king of the underwater city of Atlantis, he possesses incredible strength, the ability to communicate with sea creatures, and various other aquatic powers. Over the years, Aquaman has evolved from being a lesser-known hero to becoming a pivotal figure in the DC Universe.

The character’s first solo live-action film, Aquaman, released in 2018, proved to be a box office success. Starring Jason Momoa in the titular role, the film offered a fresh and visually stunning take on the underwater world of Atlantis. It not only earned critical acclaim but also resonated with audiences worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing DC films of all time.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom sets the stage for another chapter in the saga of the superhero, full of breathtaking visuals and thrilling action.

Aquaman 2 Plot Details

In the first film, Aquaman confronts pirates, leading to a vendetta by their leader’s son, David Kane, who becomes Black Manta. After a storyline that sees Arthur Curry take his rightful place as the King of Atlantis, the film ends with Black Manta vowing revenge on Arthur, setting the stage for the sequel​​.

In Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Black Manta seeks vengeance for his father’s death. With a mythical weapon called the Black Trident, Black Manta poses a serious threat. Aquaman, balancing his roles as a king and a new father, must form an unlikely alliance with his imprisoned half-brother Orm to stop Black Manta’s destructive plans. Mera, now the queen and mother to Arthur’s son, also plays a significant role. The sequel sees the return of key characters like King Nereus and marine biologist Dr. Stephen Shin, adding depth to the story​​.

Release Date (Theaters and Streaming)

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will premiere in the U.S. on December 22, 2023, in a wide release by Warner Bros. A streaming release is likely to follow in 2024 on Max.

Official Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Trailer

Before you dive back down to Atlantis, check out the official trailer below for a sneak peek at the action:

Cast & Crew

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, the King of Atlantis. Other returning cast members include:

  • Amber Heard: Mera, Aquaman’s confidante and ally.
  • Patrick Wilson: Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and a formidable antagonist.
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II: Black Manta, an antagonist seeking vengeance against Aquaman.
  • Nicole Kidman: Atlanna, Arthur and Orm’s mother and the former queen of Atlantis.
  • Dolph Lundgren: King Nereus, Mera’s father
  • Ben Affleck: Batman/Bruce Wayne, Aquaman’s Justice League ally

The film will be directed by James Wan and produced by DC Studios. Don Burgess served as cinematographer, while Kirk Morri and Rupert Gregson-Williams served as editor and composer, respectively.

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