The DCEU has been lagging behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of marketing effort, so they have decided to compensate. Lo and Behold the DC FanDome 2021 which brought us Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special Look and many more things. The little snippets we have got reveal much more than they intended to. We are going to be breaking down all of the information received piece by piece without stopping. Read on and find out what this reveal actually means.
The special look revealed some screenshots for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom that we have showcased in this post. Take a careful look at these and see if you can discern what they mean. As far as we can tell these screenshots are more like concept art. They reveal the central idea behind the story of Aquaman 2 and not the plot itself and that is the clever part behind the marketing of the mine and the DC FanDome. The producers wanted to create a lot of buzz and hype for their upcoming projects and we think they have succeeded in doing so.
Jason Momoa said in a conversation with Fandango about the Aquaman 2:
“We all learned something on the first one. It’s exciting because I haven’t made too many sequels. I just know that it’s, even on the page, it’s absolutely wonderful. There is so much going on. I think the stakes are a lot higher. There’s a lot of comedy. So, I mean, I giggled reading it. There’s a lot of fun, and definitely the action’s [bigger].”
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special Look
The new screenshots reveal a completely new style of storytelling for the subfranchise. For one, we have known the general vibe of the Aquaman movies to be monotonous and yet engaging, the color grading in the first movie certainly left something to be desired but it showcased the creative range of director James Wan. Some of the set pieces such as the one where Aquaman and Mera are attacked by a flock of sea monsters and others are a thing of beauty. This is despite the fact that the color does not shift much.
The other part of the brilliance of James Wan is his unique style of action direction. Black Manta’s arc all throughout the first movie was a thing of beauty and we think that the character will do even more good in the second installment. In fact, a huge chunk of the screenshots revealed to capture the villain itself rather than the titular superhero. This may be a foreshadowing of the plan of the Black Manta to defeat Arthur. A plan that we are not familiar with as of yet, but will become privy to as soon as the movie hits the theatres.
There is another important aspect that we must focus on. The last screenshot from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special Look as showcased above features a completely new sea monster that we have never seen before. It makes us wonder just how much the scope of the movie will expand from the first installment in the sub-franchise. We do hope that the DCEU can keep up with it. Although we doubt that it can be done.
The Road Ahead
The more we hear about Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special Look, the more excited we get. Everything from the screenshots shared in DCeU FanDome and the scarce quote from the actors reveal that the project will be much bigger than we could have ever expected. New and bigger monsters, new and varied locations. And of course, higher stakes and crazier action set pieces. The more we think about it the more excited we get. Sadly there is nothing we can do but wait.
The movie will come out in late 2022 and it stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Yahoo Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Vincent Regan as King Atlan of Atlantis, Jani Zhao (Sentimentos) as the original character Stingray, Indya Moore (Pose) as Karshon the Shark.
We hope that this movie will deliver on our expectations, but the real question is what do you think about the information we got today. Let us know in the comments below.