Aquaman Sequel Reveals Jason Momoa as a Father and King, Amber Heard’s Comeback After Defamation Trial, and Director James Wan’s Insights.
New York City, September 19, 2023 – The highly anticipated sequel to “Aquaman,” titled “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” is set to hit theaters soon, bringing back the star-studded cast including Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, and Amber Heard. The film’s trailer, released on September 14, has created a buzz among fans and critics alike.
In this exciting sequel, Jason Momoa reprises his role as Arthur Curry, who is now not only the protector of Atlantis but also a father. The trailer offers a glimpse into his dual life as a dad and a hero, showcasing the challenges he faces when he’s called upon to battle the formidable Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
To combat this new threat, Aquaman decides to join forces with his half-brother and former king of Atlantis, Orm, portrayed by Patrick Wilson. This unexpected alliance promises intense action and a deeper exploration of the bond between these two characters.
One of the most intriguing aspects of “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is the return of Amber Heard to the screen. This marks her first major role since the highly publicized defamation trial between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp. During the trial, Heard claimed that her role in the sequel was scaled down due to the fallout from her divorce. In the first film, she played Mera, Aquaman’s love interest.
Heard expressed her determination to be a part of the sequel, stating, “I fought really hard to stay in the movie. They didn’t want to include me in the film.” Reports had previously suggested that Warner Bros. was considering cutting or recasting her role, but the studio remained silent on the matter.
James Wan, the director of the film, shed light on the movie’s direction. He explained, “The first ‘Aquaman’ was Arthur and Mera’s journey. The second movie was always going to be Arthur and Orm. So, the first was a romance action-adventure movie, the second one is a bromance action-adventure movie. We’ll leave it at that.”
This sequel comes on the heels of a defamation trial that concluded last year, where Heard’s allegations against Depp in a 2018 op-ed were found to be unsubstantiated by the jury. Depp was awarded significant compensatory and punitive damages, while Heard was also granted compensatory damages in a settlement reached in December 2022.
Fans of the underwater superhero can mark their calendars as “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is set to premiere in theaters on December 20, promising an action-packed cinematic experience.