James Wan Floats Insipid Premise Of Buddy Comedy And Horror For ‘Aquaman’ Sequel

In less than a month, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will flood cinema screens with what director James Wan calls, a “buddy comedy”.

Wan told Empire Magazine that his sequel will fuse action fantasy and buddy comedy. In 2020, the director said it would have a splash of horror. Wan even compared Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to 1989’s action comedy Tango & Clash which starred Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.

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“From the start, I pitched that the first film would be a Romancing The Stone-type thing – an action-adventure romantic comedy – while the second would be an outright buddy comedy,” said Wan. “I wanted to do Tango & Cash!” 

The Aquaman sequel stars Jason Momoa as the titular character, also known as Arthur Curry while Patrick Wilson plays his half-brother Orm. In this sequel, Arthur is struggling with being King of Atlantis and a new father. He calls on the help of Orm to take down returning villain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). The director likened their dynamic to Agent J and Agent K in Men in Black.

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“Jason plays Arthur larger-than-life; Patrick plays the straight man,” teased Wan. “It’s not unlike what Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones did in Men in Black – like Tommy, Patrick plays it dry, but very funny.”

Wan also revealed that both his Aquaman movies are meant to be binge-watched. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is reported to run for two hours. The first Aquaman movie ran for 2 hours and 23 minutes.

“It’s like they’re one big movie,” he explained. “If you watch them back-to-back, they roll right into each other.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom premieres on 20 December 2023.