Everything We Know About 'Aquaman 2'

Permission to come aboard?

Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Against all odds, and somewhat prophesied by the TV show Entourage, Aquaman starring Jason Momoa was a smash hit. Not only was it the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2018, it received mostly positive reviews, making it a much needed win for the flailing DC Extended Universe series.

Thanks to the success of the underwater hero’s standalone movie, Warner Bros. now has answered the call to make more films in the world of Atlantis, and we could not be more excited. Read on to see how Aquaman is not just getting a sequel, but a whole cinematic universe.

When is Aquaman 2 coming out?

Aquaman 2 is set to be released on December 16, 2022-so, basically, around the time we’ll all start wondering whatever happened to the Aquaman sequel. Pre-production was supposed to start sometime this year, and production is expected to begin in 2021. 

That release date is so far away! Anything Aquaman happening a little bit sooner?

You’re in luck-well, maybe. Right around the time Aquaman 2 was greenlit, Warner Bros. announced they would also be making a spinoff of Aquaman centered on those creepy creatures ol’ Arthur Curry met/escaped from in the Trench, to be written by duo Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald. Aquaman producer Peter Safran told The Hollywood Reporter that The Trench will be released before Aquaman 2 and take place after the events of the first Aquaman film. Unfortunately, Safran also noted that the Atlantean royal couple Arthur and Mera will not be making an appearance in it.

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Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Is anyone involved with the first film coming back?

Right now only David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, the writer of the first Aquaman, is coming back to work on the sequel. Aquaman director James Wan has said that he is open to directing the sequel pending how the script turns out, but is also signed on to produce The Trench with Peter Safran.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard will likely be back as Arthur and Mera, and it was heavily hinted in the first film that villain Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, will also be coming back. In October 2019, Abdul-Mateen confirmed that he’d be reprising his villain role for the sequel. Otherwise, plot details and casting rumors are pretty sparse for both Aquaman 2 (and The Trench), probably because it’s happening a million years from now, seemingly.

What do we know about the plot of Aquaman 2?

Wan dropped a boatload (ha) of teases for the sequel in Aquaman‘s mid-credits scene, which heavily implied that Black Manta would take a central role in the sequel. The sequence depicts Black Manta-a.k.a. David Kane-recovering after being rescued by fishermen. The shack he wakes up in presumably belongs to Dr. Stephen Shin, an obsessive Atlantean conspiracy theorist played gleefully by Randall Park (Always Be My Maybe). Shin and Black Manta strike a tentative deal-Black Manta will lead Shin to the source of his suit (i.e. Atlantis), so long as Shin leads him to Aquaman first.

Aquaman director James Wan told Thrillist that Black Manta is “definitely not the main villain” of the first film, and that he was initially reluctant to give the character as large of a role as he did. While David Kane took a backseat to primary antagonist Orm, it looks likely that he’ll step into the spotlight in Aquaman 2. And if Aquaman director James Wan, who still has yet to confirm his involvement in the sequel, gets his way, Park will also return as Dr. Stephen Shin for Aquaman 2.

Past that, there’s not much that we know about what could go down in Aquaman 2, although we’re sure it’ll carry the same bonkers “My man!” energy as its predecessor.

Will Aquaman be involved in any more DCEU team-ups?

After Justice League tanked at the box office, many of the filmmakers involved with the DC Extended Universe aren’t too keen on the idea of another Avengers-style team-up movie. Safran told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think that when you’re making really strong stand-alone movies, there’s really no need to bring them together.” He elaborated by saying, “Wonder Woman has shown what a great stand-alone property that is, and in Aquaman, we feel the same way.

“We think that there’s a great sequel and beyond to tell. We introduce seven kingdoms of Atlantis, right? James Wan knows the architecture, the armory, the military, the look, the feel, the general vibe of each of these kingdoms, and I’m sure that there will be an opportunity to explore them in some way later on.” We will see him again in Zack Snyder’s much-hyped revamped Snyder Cut of Justice League, which is coming to HBO Max in 2021. Yaaay.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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