In the ever-expanding world of superhero movies, the trailer launch of the highly anticipated Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is making waves.

The film has had a rough ride. With controversial stars in the cast to multiple release date changes, the tumultuousness has caused frustration in the fandom. But the wait and disappointment ends here. The trailer drop has excited fans as it teases an unexpected storyline that finds its roots in an issue of the comics from the 70s.

Aquaman 2 Trailer Teases A Dark Arc

Jason Momoa in Aquaman 2
Jason Momoa as Aquaman

The trailer finds Arthur Curry diligently taking on both his roles, as the King of Atlantis and as a father. It also features Aquaman’s arch-nemesis from the comic, Black Manta. Played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the Black Manta is Aquaman’s deadliest enemy.

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Black Manta announces his intentions in the newly released Aquaman in The Lost Kingdom trailer, saying:

“I’m gonna kill Aquaman and everything he holds dear. I’m gonna murder his family and burn his kingdom to ash.”

This statement and the fact that Aquaman is now a father hint that the film is possibly bringing back the story from the 1977 issue of the Aquaman comics on the silver screen. Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams shows Black Manta threatening Aquaman to kill off his child, Aquababy. And the King of Atlantis fails to save his son. The death of Aquababy changes Aquaman forever.

Black Manta
Black Manta

If the trailer is not intentionally misleading, Aquaman 2 is set to take the King of Atlantis on a path of grief and loss. Is this the direction filmmakers have taken? Only time will tell.

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Aquaman’s Story Comes to An End?

Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom
Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom

Aquaman debuted in films with a cameo in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. His story in the fullest was brought to cinemas with James Wan’s 2018, Jason Momoa-led feature. The film is the biggest success for DC studios to date, garnering over a billion dollars.

Aquaman‘s lighthearted tone is what probably set the movie apart from other DC films at the time. The character was only enhanced by Momoa’s charismatic performance. 

But as of late, DC has been on a flop streak and Aquaman 2 is also expected to follow suit. Estimations are that the film won’t do half as well as its predecessors.

With James Gunn and Peter Safran rebooting DCU Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is most likely the last the fans will see Arthur Curry on screen for a while. There has been no news that Aquaman will be part of the rebooted DCU.

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Source: Den of Geek

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