Warner Bros announced Aquaman 2 will hit theaters on December 16, 2022.
The only other major studio release scheduled that weekend is an unnamed live-action film from Disney. In 2022, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, and on Wednesday, December 21, Illumination Animation has an untitled movie slated to open.
Earlier this month, Warner Bros David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, a regular collaborator of James Wan, to write the sequel. Johnson-McGoldrick also co-wrote the first Aquaman film with Will Beall. Wan and Peter Safran are producing the sequel.
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Warner Bros and DC are also developing a spinoff titled The Trench, which is being penned by screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald. The Trench will focus on a relatively new creature of the same name. The monster had a brief appearance in the first film battling Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Amber Heard’s Mera.
Wan and Safran will produce the sequel, which will cost less than Aquaman and exclude the original’s principal cast including Momoa or Heard.
To date, Aquaman has earned $1.1 billion worldwide; it’s the highest grossing DC film of all-time for Warner Bros.