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For other uses, see Aquaman (disambiguation).

"I come here as a representative of two worlds, the land and the sea, and I stand here as proof that change is coming to both. And I am calling for global unity, for a global crisis, to finally bring harmony between us and the natural balance of our world. Atlantis stands ready to help contribute its science and technology. With your knowledge of the air, and our knowledge of the seas. Together we can write the next chapter in our story, rather than its ending. Sometimes it's gonna seem like our differences are too extreme, but all we have to do is look beneath the surface, to see that we are all here on this planet with the same goals and aspirations, even when our customs might seem strange and unfamiliar. By overcoming our prejudices, we'll become stronger and learn more about ourselves. We can cease this moment to create a hopeful future, for our children and our families. My name is Arthur Curry. I am the rightful sovereign of the undersea nation of Atlantis. I'm a father, a brother, a warrior, a friend. I am the King of Atlantis. I am Aquaman."

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is a 2023 superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name. The film is the sequel to Aquaman. It is the fifteenth and final installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film was released on December 22, 2023.

Directed by James Wan, the film will star Jason Momoa as King Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Patrick Wilson as Prince Orm Marius, Amber Heard as Queen Mera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane/Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Vincent Regan as King Atlan, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Jani Zhao as Stingray. Additionally, Pilou Asbæk has been cast as Kordax.


Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.[1]



Four years after becoming the King of Atlantis, Arthur Curry finds the more mundane responsibilities dull and unexciting. In the meantime Arthur has married Mera and they have a son Arthur Curry, Jr. The Council of Atlantis dismisses most of his ideas, leaving him frustrated. Arthur is also grappling with the challenges of raising Junior, while managing the kingdom. His father, Tom, primarily cares for Junior, when Arthur and Mera are absent due to Atlantean state affairs. During this time, they discover the child's ability to communicate with fish.

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In Antarctica, David Kane and Stephen Shin embark on an expedition to repair the Black Manta armor using Atlantean ruins. They encounter a mysterious creature, and Kane discovers a broken Black Trident. Upon reassembling it, he is possessed by an entity promising him power in exchange for freeing it from its frozen prison.

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The world faces severe climate changes, causing many natural disasters. Atlantis suffers deadly plagues, leading Curry to propose revealing Atlantis to the surface for collaboration. However, council head Karshon opposes, aligning with Orm Marius' plan to eradicate the surface. Meanwhile, Kane's army, armed with ancient Atlantean tech, steals Orichalcum, a powerful but dangerous resource, during which they also attack Atlantis. Atlanna and Mera try to stop Kane but in the confrontation Mera is severely injured.

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To stop Kane, Arthur seeks Orm's help but faces challenges. They discover Kane's plan to use Orichalcum to raise the planet's temperature and release the Lost Kingdom of Necrus. Orm reveals Necrus' dark history and the role of Atlan's brother, Kordax, in turning it into a monstrous realm. Curry and Orm join forces to confront Kane.

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In the final battle, Kane kidnaps Junior, leading to a confrontation in Necrus. Arthur is nearly killed by Kane, but a timely intervention by Mera, saves her husband. As Mera is taking their son to safety, Kanes launches the black trident at her, but Orm manages to intercept it. Orm becomes possessed, this leads to a confrontation between the two brothers. Ultimately Arthur convinces his brother to give up his hatred, following which Arthur and Orm face a revived Kordax. The Black Trident is shattered and Kordax is destroyed. As Necrus is collapsing Kane meets a tragic end, while the Atlanteans and Dr. Shin manage to escape to safety. Arthur and Mera decide that Orm has redeemed himself, they ask him for the time being to stay low on the surface, and the brothers reconcile. Atlantis announces itself to the surface world, seeking collaboration with the United Nations, while Marius, on Arthur's recommendations, tries a cheeseburger for the first time as he starts experiencing the world's delights.








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In December 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced via Warner Bros. Pictures' chairman, Toby Emmerich, that the studio was developing a sequel.[2] Discussions of a followup film began during post-production when director James Wan confirmed to TotalFilm that the first film left room for further stories.[3] Aquaman lead Jason Momoa announced to SyfyWire that he had the beginning for a sequel planned out, and that after a pitch to the studio through Emmerich and Safran, they were receptive and enthusiastic about his ideas.[3]

On November 26, 2019, Variety reported that Warner Bros. was hoping production on the film would begin in early 2021.[4]

On August 22, 2020, during the "Aquaman 2" panel for DC FanDome, James Wan revealed that the tone for the film would be more serious compared to its predecessor. Aquaman star Patrick Wilson expressed excitement for the potential world building in the sequel, which Wan went on to confirm would definitely be something the audience would get to see.[5] Later, Wan went on to promise that he'd have 'splashy stuff to share' in 2022, since at the time he was in the early secretive stages of planning/designing for the film.[6]

On April 15, 2021, it was reported Pilou Asbæk joined the film in an undisclosed role.[7] On June 10, 2021, director James Wan posted a picture on Instagram revealing the film's title to be Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.[8], On August 12, 2021, Rupert Gregson-Williams confirmed in a podcast he will return to score the film.

On March 9, 2022, the film was pushed back once more to March 17, 2023. Warner Bros has clarified that VFX/CGI issues and the COVID-19 Pandemic were the cause of the pushback.[9]


On March 12, 2021, it was reported that production on the film would begin in June in the United Kingdom, under the working title "Necrus".[10] In May 2021, Jason Momoa confirmed in an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show that the film would being shooting in July.[11] On June 28, 2021, James Wan announced on Instagram that they had officially begun filming.[12] On December 9, 2021, Jason Momoa announced filming had wrapped.[13] In May 2022, Walter Hamada confirmed Warner Bros. had considered recasting Mera with another actress, and that the role of Mera was not "pared down" but remained static since 2018.[14]

On July 28, 2022, it was reported that Ben Affleck would be returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film. This was confirmed by Jason Momoa himself who posted photos and video of Affleck accompanying him on the set of the film.[15] On August 3, 2022, The Hollywood Reporter noted that multiple sources had actually reported on Michael Keaton having filmed a scene for the film.[16]

On July 19, 2023, The Hollywood Reporter stated that multiple sources reported that the scenes involving Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton were cut from the film.[17]




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