Warner Bros. has confirmed that audiences will be getting a follow-up to the standalone DC superhero movie ‘Aquaman’ by announcing that scribe David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is returning to write the script.
The origin story focused on the half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that forced him to face who he really is but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
Starring Jason Momoa in the lead, it gained mixed reviews from critics, however, it has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing DCEU film as well as the highest-grossing film based on a DC Comics character, surpassing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
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Johnson-McGoldrick teamed with Will Beall to co-write the script on the first which also starred Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman. Johnson-McGoldrick has a longstanding working relationship with Wan since working with the filmmaker on ‘The Conjuring 2’.
‘Aquaman 2’ will be produced by ‘Aquaman’ director James Wan and Peter Safran, whether Wan will be returning to the director’s chair for the second out isn’t clear.
Also in the works at Warner Bros, is an ‘Aquaman’ spin-off titled ‘The Trench’. This latest announcement isn’t intended to be another blockbuster DC offering. It is being developed as a lower-cost version without the main cast involved. No director or cast is yet attached. Wan and Safran will act as producers on the project.