Warner Bros. is building anticipation for the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, set to hit theaters on December 22, 2023. The newly released trailer teases higher stakes as the DC movie universe concludes its latest chapter.
In this sequel directed by James Wan, fans can expect a more prominent focus on Aquaman's nemesis, Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). The laser-beam-shooting villain is on a mission to target Aquaman's family, expanding beyond his mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), father Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison), and half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Aquaman, portrayed by Jason Momoa, takes on a new role as a father, with his aqua baby displaying unique powers. However, the threat from Black Manta quickly emerges, posing a significant danger to everything Aquaman cherishes.
Black Manta's character evolves in this installment, armed with the formidable Black Trident, unleashing an ancient and malevolent force. Aquaman, seeking an unlikely alliance, turns to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis. Together, they must overcome their differences to protect their kingdom, save Aquaman's family, and prevent the irreversible destruction of the world.
The movie picks up from where the 2018 original left off, promising a narrative of revenge. Notably, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom marks the conclusion of the current DCEU chapter before Peter Safran and James Gunn reboot the entire entertainment universe.
The DCEU series, which began with films like Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Wonder Woman, finds its bookend in the Aquaman sequel. While some elements and characters from these movies are expected to carry over, the new era officially begins with Superman: Legacy premiering on July 11, 2025. However, specific details about this transition remain somewhat unclear. As fans eagerly await the December premiere, the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom trailer sets the stage for an action-packed and emotionally charged finale to the current DC cinematic era.