In an international teaser for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, one of the main characters could be dealing with a grim turn of events. The titular king of Atlantis will have to battle the reappearance of Black Manta in the forthcoming DC Extended Universe film. Manta is seeking retribution for the death of his father and is now armed with the cursed Black Trident. In Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Jason Momoa makes a comeback as the ensemble leader. Joined by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison, and Amber Heard.
A new international trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been released on Warner Bros. Japanese official YouTube account, with little over a month till its debut.
Much more of the Atlantean action to be shown in the sequel is seen in the trailer, which can be seen above. Momoa’s hero rides big seahorses, though it’s unclear who he’s battling. Additionally, it appears that the teaser foreshadows a sinister turn for Wilson’s character Orm. As he battles the forces of the Black Trident and the army it commands.
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The brief glimpse in the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom teaser leaves us wondering what precisely is happening to Orm. But it seems to be connected to the Black Trident. This could allude to a tragic sacrifice at the hands of Abdul-Mateen II’s character or the zombie King Atlan. Given that the footage teases Black Manta’s desire to kill Aquaman’s entire family bloodline. And the story itself seems set up to offer Wilson’s former villain a redemption arc akin to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But since he still seems to have resentment against his half-brother. It’s also plausible that this incident suggests Orm obtains the cursed Trident and is corrupted by it. Turning him back into a villain. This would be a plot twist similar to, among other things, Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange and Sinestro’s transformation in the Green Lantern post-credits. Then, given the recent creative reorganization at DC Studios in the wake of James Gunn’s arrival. One may wonder whether this is a setup for Aquaman 3.
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While Gunn has seemingly confirmed that none of the heroes cast by Zack Snyder will continue in their roles in the future, director James Wan has expressed doubts about whether this new direction will open the door for another sequel. This could mean that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is Momoa’s final appearance as the title DC hero. Though specific plans are still unknown, rumors have surfaced that he is at least in discussions to portray Lobo in the new DC Universe. Maybe in Gunn’s own Superman: Legacy remake or a stand-alone film. Orm being corrupted by the Black Trident may very well be an intriguing story surprise left unexplored. Even if it wouldn’t be the first DC film to have a sequel premise come to nothing following 2023’s The Flash.