Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) go head-to-head in the teaser for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom but it is not the only visually pleasing moment that has fans finally excited for the sequel. James Wan’s anticipated underwater DCEU film is 100 days away from its release (as of this writing) but going by the eye-catchy depictions of creatures like Storm the Sea Horse, Topo the Octopus, the horrifying Trench – it might be enough to amp up excitement for its December release.
After much effort from fans & film pundits – WBD has begun marketing Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, starting off with a 30-second teaser to hype up the full-length trailer’s release set for Thursday. One of the highlights of the promo is Black Manta’s newly improved suit design while having him sport the iconic scar on his face. Moreover, shots of Ocean Master Orm were shown as well – a few are an extension of the scenes shown in the behind-the-scenes trailer revealed in October 2021’s DC FanDome.
The second installment clearly seems to be VFX heavy with some fans also noticing Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) in action but appears to be fully CGI-ed. In the case of Mera (Amber Heard), while the Atlantean princess is not in the spotlight, some fans notice Amber Heard’s character running alongside Queen Atlanna in the scene where the house near the lighthouse is set on fire. It’s unclear if the filmmakers decided to reduce Mera’s appearance after the controversy surrounding the actress.
It appears to be Tom Curry’s home at Amnesty Bay on fire, possibly a retaliation by Black Manta for the events that occurred in 2018’s Aquaman. The first film opens with Arthur Curry leaving Manta’s father to die in the flooding submarine, motivating him to build the suit using Atlantean tech.
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) September 11, 2023
— MohitVerse (@comicverseyt) September 11, 2023
FIRST LOOK AT MERA IN AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM pic.twitter.com/XRpKuCe27J
— ً (@meradceu) September 11, 2023
This movie could be the exact opposite of what test screenings were saying and it’d goddamn hilarious and I hope so too because James Wan is the goat. https://t.co/w7MBqiGYZY
— JohnnyMP (@johnnyjl96) September 11, 2023
— AJ | 🏳️🌈 | 🎃 Halloween Era 👻 (@AjepArts) September 11, 2023
— The Moonlight Warrior 🌙 (@BlackMajikMan90) September 11, 2023
— Neb | 🏳️🌈 (@NebsGoodTakes) September 11, 2023
The film could still be a mess, but…
Yeah, I'm loving what I'm seeing from #Aquaman2 so far. Looks to echo the same epic scale of the first, and that's all I really want.
IN JAMES WAN I trust. pic.twitter.com/TjxgEAkD79
— Director of PUMPKIN SPICED 🎃 (@TheReelRapNerd) September 11, 2023
Aquaman Vs Black Manta is about to go Crazy 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Voa9qDhm9d
— ACE UCHIHA⚡️ (@DCFlashFamily1) September 11, 2023
— lily✡︎ #aquanation (@franklinsherald) September 11, 2023
AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM looks just as fun, zany, and visually spectacular as the first film. I believe in James Wan. I’m excited for this one. pic.twitter.com/5sAND50DV2
— Dan Marcus (@Danimalish) September 11, 2023
James Wan Supremacy. He freakin’ understands. Bravo!! https://t.co/FRART5svtw
— Self Righteous Two-Face (@selfrighteous90) September 11, 2023
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) September 11, 2023
You can't tell me this doesn't look dope https://t.co/ho4KQ2Qnps
— Axel Droga (@AxelRDroga) September 11, 2023
The sequel is also bringing back a familiar creature from the debut feature – Topo the Octopus. The eight-tentacled sea creature is shown holding on to Storm the Sea Horse as Aquaman appears out of the sea riding it.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom faces shortest marketing efforts for a follow-up to DCEU’s billion-dollar film
Aquaman 2 has been muddled with negativity over its lukewarm reception from test screenings and extensive reshoots. In addition, the late marketing campaign did not go unnoticed as well. Even box office analysts like Luiz Fernando pointed out that Aquaman 2 faces “one of the shortest marketing campaigns for a film this size”
But on the bright side, the 30-second clip has moviegoers praising the sequel & hoping James Wan’s magic that spelled success for the first film repeats. The full trailer will be released on Thursday.
Still trust James Wan to give us another good Aquaman movie https://t.co/IAee4UP9Fg
— Impulse (@Impulse785) September 11, 2023
— CanWeGetSomeToast (@CanWeGetToast) September 11, 2023
Finally some marketing for #Aquaman2 !!
I truly love how comic booky and big it looks
— Cris Parker (@3CFilmss) September 11, 2023
The internet just collectively bullied Warner Bros into finally starting to advertise Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom pic.twitter.com/N0U3nMonPS
— Teej (@UsUnitedJustice) September 11, 2023
No way they remembered this existed 100 days before release https://t.co/wHO0OLnmVU
— joe bro (@jbromovies) September 11, 2023
WBD released a gorgeously looking teaser for the first full trailer of #AquamanAndTheLostKingdom, which will be released on THU.#Aquaman sequel is set to debut on DEC 20, with one of the shortest marketing campaigns for a film this sizepic.twitter.com/tiuFbYVU2S
— Luiz Fernando (@Luiz_Fernando_J) September 11, 2023
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will splash in theaters on December 20, 2023.
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