Principal photography on “Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom” began in London on June 28, 2021, and only wrapped in January 2022. There’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes drama with this one.
After multiple release date changes, which included December 16, 2022, and March 17, 2023, Warner Bros finally settled on a December 25, 2023 launch for this latest DCEU instalment.
Last year, I had been told that Zaslav wasn’t happy with what he’d seen of ‘Aquaman 2,’ which is actually still in post-production, but not to the point of shelving it like he did with “Batgirl.”
The fact that James Gunn has been praising “The Flash” publicly, but hasn’t said a peep about the ‘Aquaman’ sequel speaks volumes about where we’re at when it comes to this movie.
For many months now I’ve been hearing about the terrible scores it’s been getting at test-screenings, and Big Screen Leaks seem to have heard the same whispers:
There’s a reason I’ve been avoiding any questions about AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM but since @ViewerAnon put it out there, It brings me no joy to back him up and tell you that test screenings for this film have not been good. Really hoping Wan fixes this movie before December.
According to @ViewerAnon, even after 6 test screening, “Aquaman 2” results are not looking great. I’ve consistently heard over the last half year or so that it’s boring, not as good as the first, and potentially one of the worst DCEU movies.
This is one of the bad things about being a scooper: I don’t want to shit on movies but at a certain point, when people know there have been a lot of test screenings our silence becomes pretty telling. I like Wan, I know he’s had a rough time on this one, I hope it works out.
Given the troublesome stare of ‘Aquaman 2,’ there were obviously, at some point, some reshoots called by director James Wan. We’re not entirely sure what they included, but they seem to have happened to insert Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck’s Batmans — although I’m hearing Keaton’s cameo has been cut.
Oh, and then there’s Amber Heard, who also stars in this one. She did debunk rumors in November that she would not be reprising her role as Mera, but not without a petition circulating online to have Heard fired from the franchise receiving more than 4 million signatures.
In December, THR reported that Warner Bros. was considering ending the “Aquaman” series and recasting Jason Momoa in another DCEU role. Regardless, If this film fails, the chances of seeing a full reboot in the DCEU increases considerably. The only actor that’ll be left from the original films would be … Ezra Miller’s Flash!