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Aquaman made massive waves last year, reaching over $1 billion globally and becoming the DCEU’s most successful film. Between the stunning undersea visuals and James Wan’s direction, the movie certainly can thank the charisma of Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa, who brought something new to Arthur Curry in the film. In preparation for the sequel, it turns out the Aquaman actor has also found a place in the creative side of Aquaman 2. Here’s what Momoa said:
I'm very passionate about that, the direction of where Aquaman goes. And so I went in with an idea and a pretty good layout of what I would like to do with the second one. And a lot of support, absolute, a lot of support from Warner Bros. and DC. So, it'll always be a team vision, but I definitely wanted to express my passion about number two.
It’s kind of awesome that Jason Momoa loves his Aquaman character so much that he is now contributing to the story for the sequel. As he told AP Entertainment, he pitched a well-laid out plan for Aquaman 2 to DC and Warner Bros and the studios were game for it. He’s not doing it alone – he has collaborated with Aquaman co-writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick as well. Still, it’s rare for the main hero in a superhero film to find interest in the creative process of these movies and be an integral part of it.
Jason Momoa certainly made the role his own for the movie, reinventing the once laughable undersea superhero from a punch line to a badass force to be reckoned with. Considering the actor has recently been spending his spare time as an environmental activist, namely for a sacred mountain in his native Hawaii – perhaps the movie will touch more on this message. It’s clearly important to the actor and a hot-button topic of today.
He has said the story for Aquaman 2 is already locked and will be “way bigger” than the original 2018 film. Following the events of Aquaman, it’s safe to say Yahya Abdul-Mateen’s Black Manta will be back to continue his take revenge on Arthur Curry for leaving his father to die in the submarine. However, this time maybe it will be at the forefront and maybe Randall Park’s Dr. Stephen Shin will be at his side as well.
Before Aquaman 2 gets going, James Wan is shooting a horror movie called Malignant and Jason Momoa’s Apple TV+ series See is coming soon to the new platform. In the DCEU universe, there’s plenty more coming before the seafaring sequel – up next is Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 in 2020 and The Batman and The Suicide Squad in 2021. Aquaman 2 will be released on December 16, 2022.