AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM Spoilers Tease A Shocking Arthur Curry Twist And Scrapped Batman Plans

AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM Spoilers Tease A Shocking Arthur Curry Twist And Scrapped Batman Plans AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM Spoilers Tease A Shocking Arthur Curry Twist And Scrapped Batman Plans

Some new details about Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom have surfaced, and it sounds like we should expect the sequel to take Arthur Curry to some dark places. We also have an update on plans for Batman...

By JoshWilding - Sep 15, 2023 11:09 AM EST

The first trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom splashed down yesterday and it's fair to say the movie looks considerably better than expected. If nothing else, we're sure fans of 2018's Aquaman will have a good time and it would be nice to see the DCEU end on a positive note. 

It was in that sneak peek we met Arthur Curry and Mera's baby; he's presumably called Arthur Curry Jr., better known to comic book fans as "Aquababy." However, if you've read the King of Atlantis' adventures on the page, then you'll know how things go for him. 

If you haven't, then we'd advise turning away now as we're about to get into major spoiler territory. 

According to one reliable scooper, the baby is going to be killed in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, just like his comic book counterpart. In the comics, Black Manta kidnaps the child and slowly tortures and kills him by forcing the boy to breathe air. 

That's way too dark for a PG-13 superhero movie and even the fact he'll die - presumably alongside Tom Curry when Black Manta destroys Arthur's home on the surface - is pretty extreme. It is, however, comic book accurate and likely explains why Mera takes a backseat in this adventure (in the source material, the death of their child pushed Aquaman and Mera apart). 

It's also said that both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton's respective Batman cameos have been scrapped. The latter was the first to shoot a role in the movie before being replaced by Affleck due to release date changes. Now, we'll see neither of them as DC Studios doesn't want to tease a future story which will never happen. 

How do you feel about this shocking Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom development?

Director James Wan and Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa - along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman - return in the sequel to the highest-grossing DC film of all time: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, now balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.

The screenplay is by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, from a story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Jason Momoa & Thomas Pa'a Sibbett.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released on December 20.

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FireandBlood - 9/15/2023, 11:35 AM
They won’t go there. Mera and the baby will just go into hiding after his dad’s killed, watch.
Blergh - 9/15/2023, 12:03 PM
@PlusUltra - maybe they’ll show the Flash choke them to death
ProfessorWhy - 9/15/2023, 12:05 PM
@Blergh - microwaved
Blergh - 9/15/2023, 12:10 PM
@ProfessorWhy - they should just be glad they met the Flashsiah
SpiderBrad - 9/15/2023, 2:28 PM
@Blergh - haha. took me a second.
GhostDog - 9/15/2023, 11:35 AM
Isn't this disproven by the fact that the baby is clearly breathing air here

And isn't it established in the first movie that high-born Atlanteans can breathe both air and water.
Origame - 9/15/2023, 11:38 AM
@GhostDog - shhhhh. You can't question the rumors using facts and logic.

HammerLegFoot - 9/15/2023, 11:46 AM
@GhostDog - In the comics he's tortured by breathing air. In the movie they can do it a completely different way
GhostDog - 9/15/2023, 11:50 AM
@HammerLegFoot - Yessir but above it says its will be the same as the comics, which wouldn't work here. You are right, it has to be a different wat.
newhire13 - 9/15/2023, 2:01 PM
@GhostDog - No, it says he’ll die
, like the comics book version of the character. Then it tells you how the comic version died.
hue66 - 9/15/2023, 6:03 PM
@GhostDog - that's what I said after seeing the trailer
Origame - 9/15/2023, 11:36 AM
I'm still convinced it'll be revealed to not be a baby and instead Mera pooped the bed.

I said that as a joke previously, but could you imagine if they went for it for real? Like just cut her out of the movie then give that massive jab at heard.
harryba11zack - 9/15/2023, 11:46 AM
i think Mera is gonna sh111t the bed before the baby.
toylled - 9/15/2023, 11:47 AM
DC killing babies just like their franchises... poetic.
DrReedRichards - 9/15/2023, 11:50 AM
Dear diary.

Today I finally experienced what it feels like to comment on something I could not give a shit about. Not gonna lie, it's kind of odd... I think? Or at least I'm imagining it would be, had it not left me almost entirely indifferent. That is all, I guess.

bkmeijer1 - 9/15/2023, 6:07 PM
@DrReedRichards - wait, Ian? Shouldn't it be Ioan?
DrReedRichards - 9/15/2023, 6:15 PM
@bkmeijer1 -

My formal name is Ioannis, translated into Ioan, but hardly calls me that except for formal documents and such. The more casual /daily version is Yannis, which roughly translates to Ian or John, depending on who you ask.
bkmeijer1 - 9/15/2023, 6:28 PM
@DrReedRichards - I did not expect such a thorough explanation. I was simply referring to Reed Richard's actor in the 2000s movies, who's called is called Ioan (Gruffudd).

Anyway, it sounds Greek. That's cool (even if it isn't Greek, the etymoly of it is far more interesting than mine).
DrReedRichards - 9/15/2023, 6:43 PM
@bkmeijer1 -

Lol, I am in fact Greek. I thought you guys knew that?

But yeah, it's a neat little coincidence that my name translates to both of Reed's actors first names.

And no, we're not talking about Miles Teller, lol.
bkmeijer1 - 9/16/2023, 4:50 AM
@DrReedRichards - I knew one of the regulars one here was Greek, just didn't remember who. I don't really keep track to be honest.

And now that you mention it, I never put that together about Ioan and John. Then again, and I never thought about the etymology of names either. Now that's some neat trivia
Order66 - 9/15/2023, 11:53 AM
No way they’ll kill the baby. As far as comics go, how Aquaman hasn’t killed black manta yet is beyond me.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 9/15/2023, 12:50 PM
@Order66 - man them dudes not serious. Joker done dissed Batman every way under the sun and he still hasn’t spun the block on his ass yet
DeadClunge - 9/15/2023, 1:20 PM
@Order66 - tbf Manta hasn't killed his dad yet so there's that. Manta has more of the beef than Arthur at this point
ZomZom - 9/15/2023, 11:57 AM
Got to say Ol' Jason is looking a little portly these days. Was always a bad choice but now he's a fat bad choice. Oh well, let's just get on with the DCU reboot shall we?
Blergh - 9/15/2023, 12:08 PM
@ZomZom - would love to see you maintain a low-fat died and daily workout routine….unless you’re that Namor writer that needed to show off his manbewbs, he shouldn’t have done that.

Shaming actors for aging is deplorable, no wonder female performers feel the need for plastic surgery
ZomZom - 9/18/2023, 12:34 PM
@Blergh - It's not deplorable at all. He has to maintain a low fat diet and daily workout routine, the role demands it. Keeping in shape when you're an average actor being paid a fortune to embody a comicbook hero, it's the bare minimum. He was always a bad choice, now he's a fatter bad choice. I'm not shaming him for ageing, that would be stupid. Namor was a poor choice too but at least DC get to reset the error.
ObserverIO - 9/15/2023, 11:57 AM
I never thought they would have the man-balls.
Blergh - 9/15/2023, 12:05 PM
They already have Affleck and Keaton cameos, I’d say do what WB does best and release 4 versions of the movie:

Aquaman - The Theatrical Cut
Aquaman 2 - The Affleck Cut
Aquaman 2 - The Keaton Cut
Aquaman 2 - The Snyder Cut (it’s the same movie just in b/w, playback speed reduced to -50%)
Forthas - 9/15/2023, 12:10 PM
"...the baby is going to be killed"

If I get word that this is true, I probably will pass on this film. I have an issue with very young children being killed or tortured in films. It is why I did not like the "IT" films and Doctor Sleep. This is darker than even what Zack Snyder has ever done!
DSAC294 - 9/15/2023, 12:42 PM
@Forthas - I’m with you there, especially for a superhero film. When it goes down the torturing or graphic killing of young children it just becomes gratuitous.
bkmeijer1 - 9/15/2023, 6:05 PM
@Forthas - same here. That's just unnecessarily dark. Same with gore, in no way does it enhance a movie for me
Forthas - 9/15/2023, 6:24 PM
DSAC294 -
@bkmeijer1 -

Agreed! I also think it is a lazy way to elicit sympathy for a character. Even though she was not a child, this seems like it was the reason for the MCU to kill Aunt May in No Way Home. That is not as egregious as killing or hurting a child but I would prefer character development and if they absolutely have to kill someone maybe set it up in the previous film and either create a character for that purpose or kill a side character. For example Nuidis Vulko would have worked well in this case as Aquaman's mentor.
bkmeijer1 - 9/15/2023, 6:32 PM
@Forthas - well said. For me, there are so many other means of creating sympathy for a character.

I guess it kinda worked in NWH, but Peter 1 being sad about a close one dying and he not wanting to move one could've been achieved by making him remember Stark or Ben as well.

But that aside, I just don't like death I suppose (who does?). Mowing through endless bad guys just doesn't do it for me either.
prettynucIear - 9/15/2023, 12:29 PM
There's no way the baby dies at the beginning of the movie. Arthur acts like a complete goofball throughout the trailer.
bkmeijer1 - 9/15/2023, 6:03 PM
@prettynucIear - yeah. I know Wan's movies can be dark, but this movie looks the opposite. Doubt they're gonna sour a fun ride like that
GeneralChaos - 9/15/2023, 12:54 PM
At the very least, I hope they put both Keaton and Affleck in the Blu-ray extras.
BillyBatson1000 - 9/15/2023, 12:57 PM
Betting late Flash cameo:

Aquababy rescued in a Microwave oven.
BobGarlen - 9/15/2023, 2:14 PM
I'd love to see this version of Aquaman lose his hand the way he did in Justice League the Animated Series.
ScoochMcChairin - 9/15/2023, 3:22 PM
So, can I ask, when this movie comes out and this baby definitely doesn’t die, which is an absurd thing to even theorize a studio would go through with on a big mainstream superhero movie…can we officially stop posting every scrap of unsolicited information posted by this “reliable scooper”? This isn’t even a rumor, just some anonymous person posting unverified information. Does it really get that many clicks? Does CBM really get a lot of ad revenue for stuff like this?
cyclopstb - 9/15/2023, 4:56 PM
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