Aquaman was the butt of each superhero joke for years. Mocked because the man with the facility to speak to fish, the thought of an Aquaman film was seen as a one-way ticket to an enormous flop. Then James Wan and Jason Momoa got here alongside and singlehandedly made the character cool. Momoa’s tackle Arthur Curry was near-universally praised and he can take credit score for an honest slice of Aquaman‘s $1.1 billion field workplace haul. However evidently Warner Bros. is already in search of a alternative for him.
In keeping with our sources – the identical ones who advised us Kevin Conroy was taking part in Kingdom Come Batman in “Disaster” and a Inexperienced Lantern present is coming to HBO Max, each of which turned out to be appropriate – the studio has massive plans for the underwater universe they’ve established. From what we perceive, Momoa will stay within the position for Aquaman 2 and Aquaman 3. By the point the third movie concludes although, Arthur can have lastly taken the throne of Atlantis and been coronated as its full-time king. These royal duties will include the conclusion that he can’t be King of Atlantis and nonetheless proceed his superheroic duties as Aquaman although, so he’ll move the mantle to a brand new character.
Stated new character will likely be a DCEU model of Younger Justice‘s Kaldur. In that collection, he’s the son of Black Manta, although finally ends up being taken beneath Aquaman’s wing as his protégée and finally leads the Younger Justice workforce. If the flicks observe this trajectory, we might see Momoa remaining within the franchise past Aquaman 3, albeit in a supporting position reasonably than because the protagonist.
No matter finally ends up occurring, Warner Bros. clearly have long-term plans for the property. Aquaman 2 is formally in improvement and focusing on a December 2022 launch date, whereas “horror-tinged” spinoff The Trench can also be being labored on. If the franchise continues this trajectory, we might see Aquaman 3 in 2025. By that time, Momoa can have been taking part in the half for nearly a decade, so it’s comprehensible that he’d wish to transfer onto different initiatives.