According to a new report, Aquaman 2 isn’t expected to begin shooting until the middle of 2021, with James Wan returning as director.
The report also states that DC is still looking for a director for the Aquaman spinoff The Trench, a film that would put the spotlight on the nightmarish creatures that fans met in the first Aquaman film. The Trench sequence was easily one of the most jaw-dropping moments in the film, and while Wan is developing the film, he isn’t slated as its director, at least not yet.
On the one hand, this news isn’t entirely shocking; Aquaman 2 isn’t scheduled to open until December 2022, so an early to mid-2021 production start makes sense. It will also give Wan and his team enough time to finalize the sequel’s undoubtedly extensive visual effects in time for its marketing to get underway by either spring or summer 2022. All the same, this update provides a clearer picture of Wan’s schedule for the next couple years. The filmmaker is currently shooting an original horror movie titled Malignant (for a summer 2020 release), and it was previously indicated he could start filming Aquaman 2 as soon as next year. However, assuming Variety’s article is accurate, it seems that’s not the plan after all.
As for the Aquaman sequel, it is likely that the main cast would return, and going from what happened in the first one, Black Manta would likely be the main villain in the film. Orm is still around of course, so odds are he would factor into things in some way.