Jason Momoa ‘S Aquaman released in 2018 is still the highest-grossing film in DCEU . The film grossed a whopping $1.148 billion at the box office, allowing the sequel to get the green light from Warner Brothers. With Justice League and Wonder Woman 1984 performing extremely poorly at the box office, Aquaman is currently the DCEU’s most prized possession, and Momoa and his team know this all too well because, according to recent reports, Jason Momoa renegotiated his contract for the Aquaman sequel and tried to raise the film’s salary to double what he was paid in the first. Momoa is currently being paid $15 million for the movie, which is scheduled to premiere on March 17, 2023.
The first film follows Aquaman character AKA Arthur Curry as he struggles to avoid the burdens of his lineage, trying to distance himself from the politics of the underwater civilization of Atlantis. Arthur can’t stay away from the problems of Atlantis when he realizes that his half-brother The Ocean Master (played by Patrick Wilson) is planning to wage war on the world on land. Arthur must take his fateful place as the King of Atlantis to prevent war from happening.
The sequel to the movie is titled Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, but aside from the title, not much is known about the project at the moment. Director James Wan, who directed the first film is confirmed to return, and so is the cast of the first film, which includes Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II .
While a higher salary for Momoa doesn’t necessarily confirm a great movie drop in March, expectations were set high for Aquaman and Lost Kingdom following the success of the first season. Pressure is also mounting as DCEU’s recent projects have fallen short of expectations for such a high-end studio and the DCEU’s predicament desperately needs a win.