DCEU (2013 – 2023)

“Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom” was once again co-written & directed by James Wan, is a sequel to the 2018 original film, is the 15th film in the DC Extended Universe & marks the end of Warner Bros. initial Cinematic Universe that began in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, starring Henry Cavill. This film sees Jason Momoa return to the titular character as well as a majority of the previous cast including, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman & Temuera Morrison. Most the film’s delayed release dates were attributed to James Wan’s commitment to other films such as 2021’s “Malignant” & the controversy surrounding Amber Heard’s domestic violence accusations and public divorce from then husband, Johnny Depp, in 2020.

4 years after the events of the previous film, Arthur Curry (Momoa) lives a double life both as new father to his son, living with his father (Morrison) mother (Kidman) & wife (Heard) on the surface world. All while serving as “King of Atlantis” to the 7 Kingdoms. During a high council meeting, Arthur is informed that David Kane (Mateen) is still alive. Kane has taken on a new name as the mercenary & pirate, codenamed “Black Manta”, which is a tribute to his late father & grandfather. Kane still holds Aquaman responsible for his father’s death despite their efforts to kill a small Russian submarine. With the help of a marine biologist, Stephen Shin (Park) they locate an ancient civilization under the artic, but what they failed to realize is that this civilization is cursed and will cause destruction to both, Atlantis & the surface world if not stopped.

This movie was the same amount of fun and entertainment as the previous film. You can tell that Jason Momoa is having fun in the role. Everything about this film is entertaining but it is the overall story is a bit convoluted. Elements that mesh well at all and becomes a bit distracting. They focus more on Aqauman & his family then they do to do the main villain, which cause more of a non-entity. Abdul-Mateen II is great as “Manta” but takes a back seat in this film to more of a buddy cop storyline with Momoa & Wilson. Amber Heard is barely seen at all in this film. The controversy surrounding her personal life really diminished any credibility her character has despite a solid performance in the previous film. Lots of people wanted her out of the movie but by the time her court hearing became public, the movie was well into postproduction. Ironically, Warner Bros. did something similar to her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, with the 2022 film, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”.

After 15 films & 10 years, the DCEU came to end after multiple film disappointments, casting departures & a shake at DC Studios which saw James Gunn & Peter Safran were hired co-CEOs. This film along with, “Black Adam”, “The Flash” & “Blue Bettle” would mark the end of DC’s Extended Universe that began in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”. Multiple films & spinoff series have already been canceled including the famous “Batgirl” film, which was set to release in 2021 but was cancelled due to cost-cutting & the studio wanting more theatrical release rather than streaming service exclusives, The film was canned after already being well in postproduction. Gunn & Safran have both stated after the release of “Aquaman 2”, the DC Universe would be reset for a brand-new Cinematic Universe that is supposedly beginning with a new Superman film that is written & directed by Gunn and set for a 2025 release.

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