With Aquaman two weeks away from its release in theaters everywhere, Warner Bros. has already taken tentative steps to start planning for a sequel.
Early box office estimates for the upcoming DCEU film place its domestic opening weekend at earning $65 million, outperforming Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns which open that the same weekend. Encouraged by the advance tracking, studio chairman Toby Emmerich has quietly begun talks for a sequel.
While lower than the previous DCEU film, last year's Justice League which opened to $93.8 million, Aquaman was made for nearly half the production budget of the ensemble film. Additionally, the upcoming superhero film is already receiving positive critical buzz online after the social media review embargo was lifted last week.
With Aquaman already breaking advance ticket sales records online, the Atlantean hero's solo debut could be the second DCEU film to get its own sequel following 2020's Wonder Woman 1984.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on December 21.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)