Aquaman 2: Release Date, Casts, Trailer & Amber Heard's Participation
Aquaman 2: Release Date, Casts, Trailer & Amber Heard's Participation

Yes, Aquaman 2 is as real as the water dripping off of Jason Momoa's armor. While plot details are scarcer than full bottles of booze around Arthur Curry, we have scrounged up a fair bit of details about the upcoming DCEU film.

Of course, the film picks up where the first Aquaman movie left off, when Curry finally embraced his role as the King of Atlantis. Aquaman already has a target on his back, put there by David Kane (aka Black Manta), who was rescued at the end of the first movie. Kane's headed to Atlantis and bringing marine scientist Steven Shin (played by Randall Park) with him.

Aquaman 2: Release Date

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Photo: Saostar

Aquaman 2 is set to be released on December 16, 2022 — so, basically, around the time we'll all start wondering whatever happened to the Aquaman sequel.

A spinoff focused on the spiny fish-men of the Trench, one of the underwater realms featured in the first Aquaman, was also planned, but ultimately canceled by Warner Bros. after it became clear that their quarantine-altered release slate didn't have room for it, or for Ava DuVernay's planned New Gods movie. They did make it clear, though, that if director James Wan still wanted to make it a few years down the road, they'd be more than happy to let him, according to Thrillist.

Aquaman 2: Casts

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Photo: Digitalsky

The main and confirmed cast for Aquaman 2 still seems a bit short, but most of the key players are returning. That starts with Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, and Amber Heard as Mera.

Patrick Wilson is reprising his role as King Orm, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is back in the Black Manta gear, but we'll explain more about them in the Villains section below.

Most recently, Momoa's fellow Game of Thrones alumnus Pilou Asbaek (who was Euron Greyjoy in the HBO series) was reportedly added to Aquaman 2. His role has not been announced as of yet.

The current cast is as follows:

  • Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman
  • Amber Heard as Mera
  • Patrick Wilson as King Orm / Ocean Master
  • Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane / Black Manta
  • Pilou Asbaek in a TBA role

Possible, but still unconfirmed, returns include Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Tomsguide noted.

Aquaman 2: Controversial Amber Heard's Reemergence

Photo: Newsfeed
Photo: Newsfeed
Amber Heard teased her return as Mera, Princess of Xebel, in Aquaman 2 with a behind-the-scenes photo. The sequel to 2018's Aquaman is highly anticipated after the first film became the only DCEU movie to cross the $1 billion threshold and captured fans' attention with its humor and light-hearted approach to the franchise.

In anticipation of filming, Heard teased her return to set on Instagram with a photo that looks to be from set - though likely from the first movie since Aquaman 2 isn't slated to start filming until this summer. The actress can be seen in her character's vibrant red hair, wrapped up in a scarf and reading a book. Heard tagged Momoa's Instagram in the caption. Despite this photo likely being from the set of Aquaman, Heard teases that filming is close for Aquaman 2, claiming she'll buy a Kindle for her time on set instead of bringing books along with her.

Heard's return to the DCEU has been a point of contention for some fans who claim it is unfair that she gets to hold onto the role of Mera while her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, loses his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. The pair are in the midst of a highly public legal battle wherein both allege the other was abusive during the course of their relationship. Fans started a petition in response to Heard's role, calling for her to be removed from Aquaman 2, but those calls have been in vain.

Rumors circulated that the actress was fired, but those were also quickly debunked and now filming is getting ready to kick off this summer. Heard is clearly set to return as Mera and she seems to have the full support of the cast behind her, including Momoa. Aquaman 2 is currently set to hit theaters in December 2022, making a reported summer filming schedule a sure thing as the DCEU carves out its future after an eventful past few years, Screenrant reported.

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Aquaman 2: Trailer

We'll be waiting almost as long as Arthur was to reunite with his mother Atlanna for a trailer. Don't expect anything until late 2021.

We do know, however, that Jason Momoa will have his beard back by then.

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