Variety also talks about the DC Universe , the focus of much talk in the last few hours:


James Gunn has in fact announced that he will write a new Superman film without Henry Cavill , while Ben Affleck could direct a film in this narrative universe .

In the meantime, however, Gunn and Peter Safran must also deal with the productions due out in 2023, the last ones under the previous management. Among them there will be Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom , and some sources reveal that the costs are exceeding the forecasts:

Two sources tell Variety that, before Gunn and Safran took the reins at DC, Warner Bros. co-chair Pam Abdy had to tell Aquaman 2 director James Wan to cut the budget for reshoots of the maritime sequel, already grown to 205 million during production. Any further adjustments to the 2023 films to fully incorporate them into the new DC could cost millions more.

In short, it is clear that the new DC Universe will break ties with the past, at least up to a certain point. However, we will have to wait until 2024, if not longer, to see the first fruits on the big screen. Considering the times of writing, pre-production, filming and post-production, even 2024 seems an overly optimistic forecast.

However, the American release of the sequel is expected for December 25, 2023 : it will therefore be the last film of the old management. We will keep you posted.

The synopsis

When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy partnership with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis – and the world – from irreversible devastation.


As we know, the working title was Necrus , the name of an underwater city that appeared in Aquaman #30 . Nicknamed “the black city,” it is ruled by King Mongo , and is a highly militarized society that responds violently to any interference from the surface. It appears at a different point on the globe each time, but only when an alien satellite enters Earth orbit. It’s possible that Wan drew inspiration from this element for the sequel.

The cast of the first film

The cast includes Jason Momoa ( Aquaman ), Amber Heard ( Mera ), Willem Dafoe ( Vulko ), Patrick Wilson ( Ocean Master ), Nicole Kidman ( Atlanna ), Temuera Morrison ( Thomas Curry ), Yahya Abdul Mateen II ( Black Manta ), Dolph Lundgren ( King Nereus ), Ludi Lin ( Murk ) and Randall Park ( Dr. Stephen Shin ).

The sequel

The sequel will star Jani Zhao ( Stingray ), Indya Moore ( Karshon ), Vincent Regan ( Atlan ), Pilou Asbæk and Ben Affleck ( Bruce Wayne / Batman ).


James Wan ( Insidious, The Conjuring, Fast and Furious 7 ) directed both the first film and the sequel.