So Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom had its first trailer shown to audiences at CinemaCon, and throughout this video, we’re going to be breaking down what happens in the footage. Bouncing off the back of a billion-dollar blockbuster, the sequel is sailing the seven seas during a time in which comic book movies are no longer kicking up a storm at the box office.
Shazam 2 bombed, and with James Gunn announcing a soft reboot in the DCU, a lot of things are up in the air.
That includes Jason Mamoas Aquaman, who is rumoured to be playing Lobo in the universe going forward. Whether that happens or not, we’ll have to see, but I do think there are a number of things that could kill the buzz about this film.
In this video, we’re going to go through it all, and if you enjoy it, then please hit the thumbs up button and don’t forget to subscribe for breakdowns like this every day. With that out of the way, a huge thank you for clicking this Now let’s get into Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM TRAILER EXPLAINED
According to The Wrap, the trailer opens with Arthur raising his child alongside his father, Tom Curry. Leaks around the film said that Mera would be revealed to have given birth at some point and that they’d be bringing up a little Aqualad.
In regards to Amber Heard, they did say that she appeared in the trailer briefly as Mera, and there has been a shot of her released in her armour.
Obviously, this is coming off the back of her defamation lawsuit with Johnny Depp and the petition to have her removed from the movie. At this point, I’m just kind of keeping my nose out of stuff, and everyone is asking me all the time why I haven’t made videos on Jonathan Majors and Ezra Miller. I just dunno if that’s the kind of place that the Heavy Spotlights channel should be, and I did get a lot of backlash from covering the trial, so yeah, I don’t think those kinds of videos are a good fit for the channel.
I know with the whole Jonathan Majors thing that a lot of people have been like, ‘Why is this guy getting fired when Ezra Miller hasn’t? But as of making this, none of these people have actually been fired, and I think it’s because they all have finished projects like this.
Studios are probably going to see what the reception is to Miller, Majors in Loki Season 2, and Amber in this before they get rid of anyone.
Look, I said I wasn’t going to talk about it, and I’ve derailed the entire thing already.
Anyway, according to the AV Club, we’re very much getting the idea that Arthur is taking on his responsibilities as a father, and he’s also learning from both of his parents how to best handle the situation. That’s where Nicole Kidman’s Atlanna comes in, and the footage is meant to show her riding a seahorse.
Now this isn’t just any seahorse; it’s a seahorse with a fricking laser strapped to its head.
They’re bringing back the big underwater battles from the first film, and we’ll watch as she blasts away while riding on the back of it.
On the other side of this, we have Black Manta returning, and he’ll now apparently be wielding a giant black trident. I’m guessing that this will basically be the super weapon of the movie, which will probably have incredible power laced within it. Apparently, we see a green glow eminating from it at one point, and this wraps Manta up in its light.
JoBlo theorised that this may be evil energy that is capable of destroying the world, and in the hands of Manta, it could prove to be completely devastating.
Now Games Radar said that he’s looking to destroy Aquaman’s life on both the surface and under water and that he’s now more than a match for the DC hero. So we have all these ideas coming together, and Aquaman will have to deal with the fact that he’s trying to be a father while also being the King of Atlantis.
Thus, Arthur is put on the backfoot, and this family affair gets even more interesting when he has to turn to his brother for help.
The trailer apparently shows him meeting up with Orn and begging him to join up with him so that they can stop the threat that Black Manta poses.
There’s some big fight scenes with the two going toe to toe with the villain, and at one point, Manta apparently hits Orn right in the kisser.
At this point, Aquaman says, ‘No one hits my brother but me, and then Orm responds by saying, Don’t call me brother.’
It’s an Oscar-winning writer like that, which is why the movie is going to break the billion, I’m telling you, and the movie will be about them putting their differences to the side.
We apparently see this happening in the teaser too, with Orm at one point saying to him, “If you lead, Atlantis will follow.”
There wasn’t that much footage shown in the trailer over all, and something like, say, the Flash had a far more extensive showcase due to it releasing very shortly.
WHEN IS AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM RELEASED?
Aquaman 2 releases at the end of December, and it’s going to be interesting to see if it can capitalise on the holidays.
Now the part with Atlanna could actually hint at what happens to her in the movie.
From what I could gather, she was just fighting Manta by herself, and I’m guessing that this happens early on in the film to demonstrate his power.
Now because of this, I’m dropping a theory time, theory time, theory time, and saying that I think that Atlanna will actually be killed in the film.
This will be why Arthur decides to go to his brother for help, as they both have this shared loss.
Orm didn’t seem like the kind of guy that would work with Aquaman, but if his mothers connected to it, he would likely do it for the greater good.
That’s basically what stopped a lot of things in the first movie, and the pair could end up coming together over this shared loss in order to avenge her death.
It would also set up Black Manta as a really big villain and tie into him trying to destroy Aquaman’s life. Killing Atlanna would actually add some stakes to the movie, and yeah, personally, I think that’s the way that it’s going to go.
Do we have to end it? It’s theory time, theory time, theory time.
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While DC seems very confident in the flash, they have kept things quiet in the case of Aquaman.
From what I’ve heard, the test screenings haven’t been that good, and we may end up with another situation where people are just not interested in this film. You never know, though, and obviously there were a lot of people who thought the same thing about Avatar 2, and then look how that turned out.
Personally, I think that the Flash will be a good indicator of how this is going to go in terms of not only the box office but also with Amber Heard. I even think Marvel is doing this with Majors, and we may have hit a point where people don’t care and will just go and see the movie anyway, even if someone they don’t like is in it.
Again, I don’t want to wade too far into this, but from what Peter Safran said, he is confident that the movie will be a success. Momoa also said he thinks Aquaman will be involved in the DCU as well, so those Lobo rumours could be untrue.
It could also be a case of them seeing that Shazam 2 bombed pretty badly, and though I don’t think Gunn’s announcement was the sole reason, it may have been a factor.
So they’re just kind of playing things like I think they should, which is just pretend everything’s okay, not announce any changes until the current slate is out, and then from there start saying what you’re going to do differently.
It still baffles me that they announced a soft reboot coming in when they had three movies left to release, and I think it just speaks to the mismanagement at DC. I’m hoping that this and the flash do well, and then we actually get a proper, unified vision, which it feels like Gunn is trying to do. It’s a shame we lost some of the actors along the way, and the cameo for Affleck has now been cut from this film.
Where things go, we don’t know, but obviously, let me know your thoughts on the film and what you think will happen in it based on this information.
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