After a highly successful film, Jason Mamoa has some huge expectations to fill.
After 'Aquaman' unexpectedly hit a whopping $1.15 billion in 2018, getting a sequel seems to be just the right thing for the superhero film.
Aquaman's massive success led Warner Bros to confirm a sequel and a spin-off (The Trench) in February 2019.
The sequel is still almost two years away, but expectations are high for the follow-up film.
Here's everything we know so far about 'Aquaman 2'.
Listed release date as of this writing: December 16, 2022.
Pre-production for 'Aquaman 2' was supposed to start early this year, but we are still not sure if this will push through with the current situation.
The sequel is still 2 years away, so casting details remain scarce as of the moment.
Albeit, we are sure of Jason Momoa's return for the titular role AKA Arthur Curry. Amber Heard will also be reprising her role as Mera, despite the backlash and countless petitions from Johnny Depp's fans to ax her from the franchise.
Patrick Wilson also confirmed he's returning for the sequel as King Orm / Ocean Master.
The actor already provided some teasers about what the sequel will be all about.
"I can tell you that even [Wan's] concepts for Aquaman 2 are pushing it even further," Patrick said via THR.
Meanwhile, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has also confirmed he's returning as David Kane / Black Manta.
"Black Manta will be back, and hopefully, he'll be causing a lot more trouble than he did in the first one," the actor announced via UPROXX.
We are expecting to get more casting announcements in the upcoming months, including confirmations whether Willem Dafoe's Vulko, Nicole Kidman's Atlanna, and Dolph Lundgren's Nereus are returning.
Production for the sequel hasn't started yet, so we can't tell what the exact plot will be.
However, we have a couple of theories based on the events of the first film.
'Aquaman' introduced us to Mamoa's Arthur Curry, who was destined to be the King of Atlantis.
The first film is mostly about Arthur Curry's discovery of his origin and his journey to accepting his destiny.
The sequel will most likely focus on the reign of the new King Aquaman. New threats are likely to rise in Atlantis, and it's now up to him to save his kingdom.
Orm Arthur Curry's Atlantean half-brother and former king of Atlantis is still alive by the end of the film. Despite coming to terms with his half-breed brother, we can't rest assured that he will no longer pose threats to Arthur in the future.
Meanwhile, we know that the upcoming sequel will not be taken from 'one particular comic book story' and that Black Manta will still be a huge part of the film, possibly becoming one of the major villains.
"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 answered a fan on Twitter.
Hmm... Good question. 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.— David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (@bravecarrot) March 21, 2020
The sequel is still almost two years away, so we'll have to extend our patience.
The official trailer is likely to drop in early or mid-2022, that is, if the production does not get further delays.