A key plot point of the next Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom just revealed by none other than Jason Momoa.
The actor said QG that the sequel will feature a scene where Arthur Curry addresses the UN about impending doom. When the film opens in December, this scene will be a life-mimicking art moment as Momoa was recently named an Underwater Life Defender by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) during a a conference in Portugal. At the conference, Momoa addressed an audience about climate change, biodiversity loss and escalating pollution — issues that could also be tackled in the upcoming sequel.
“Aquaman is the most laughed-about superhero in the world,” Momoa said. “But it’s amazing to be able to bring awareness to what’s happening on our planet. It’s not a story that’s been told over and over, [it’s a] movie about what’s happening right now but in a fantasy world.” The actor also foreshadowed the environmental implications of the movie’s central threat, saying, “We’re really going to speed up what’s going to happen on this earth, and this is not because of aliens.”
The United Nations Ocean Conference was not the first time Momoa had addressed environmental issues. The actor also spoke to the UN about the climate crisis in September 2019, nearly a year after the release of Aquaman. The first autonomous Aquaman the film, which remains the highest-grossing entry in the DC Extended Universe at $1.15 billion, also dealt with environmental issues. In an act of radical ecology, the film’s main antagonist, Patrick Wilson’s Orm Marius/Ocean Master, has declared war on the surface world for its role in ocean pollution.
The UN scene since lost kingdom, which Momoa has story credit on, confirms that the sequel will build on those themes. The film’s official synopsis depicts a reluctant team-up between Aquaman and Orm as they take on Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his army. An earlier synopsis called the threat to Atlantis – and the world – “irreversible devastation,” teasing the massive environmental repercussions of Black Manta’s revenge plot. Joining the battle is Amber Heard’s Mera, though recent reports suggest she’ll have a reduced role in the sequel. The film also sees the return of Dolph Lundgren, Tumuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman and Randall Park. Ben Affleck’s Batman is also rumored to return in a cameo that was originally meant to feature Michael Keaton’s version of the character.
Although recent rumors suggest Aquaman 2The release of may change, the film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 17, 2023.