Aquaman 2 Reveals First Look at Amber Heard and Other Returning Actors

By Tom Drew Updated:
Amber Heard as Mera, Jason Momoa as Aquaman

After kicking off 2021's DC FanDome with an electrifying look at Dwayne Johnson's The RockAquaman and the Lost Kingdom followed up with a featurette of its own.

The Jason Momoa-starring sequel is set to change Arthur Curry in a big way, suiting him up in all black while potentially giving him his bleach-blonde hair from the comics. Joining Momoa is returning actress Amber Heard, whose reappearance has certainly stirred some controversy

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Patrick Wilson will also be reprising their respective roles of Black Manta and Orm, while rumors suggest that other DC characters will be finding their way into the underwater adventure.

Rumblings suggest that Randall Park's Stephen Shin is making a return, and that the Aquaman sequel will include a villain from Green Lantern's rogue's gallery.

Now, fans have gotten their first look at some of the film's returning characters.

First Looks at Aquaman 2's Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson

During DC FanDome, the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom featurette revealed the first looks at Amber Heard's Mera, Patrick Wilson's Orm, and more.

Amber Heard Aquaman 2

Amber Heard can be seen filming for her underwater scenes, seemingly inspecting some sunken wreckage:

Amber Heard Aquaman 2

After previously showing in a disheveled state in a behind-the-scenes Aquaman image, Patrick Wilson's Orm can be seen all cleaned up during the promo:

Patrick Wilson and Jason Momoa running

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II gets a brand spanking new costume, with a shiny new helmet to boot:

Yahya Abdul Mateen II as Black Manta


Familiar Faces for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

This is the first time that fans have gotten a look at Amber Heard, who is all geared up for an underwater sequence. Judging from the gear that Black Manta's crew is wearing, this seems to be one of David Kane's ships that Mera is infiltrating. With Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's character seemingly poised to take on the big bad role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, it will be exciting to see Arthur and Mera team up against the villain and his big silver helmet.

Orm is noticeably looking a lot closer to how fans remembered him in the original Aquaman, so it appears he will be receiving some sort of makeover over the course of the film. The fact that Patrick Wilson's character is running with Aquaman also confirms that the two will be teaming up in some capacity, possibly because Arthur reluctantly needs his brother's help.

Black Manta's glow-up is sure to please comic book fans, as the costume looks to be ripped straight off of the graphic page. The silver accents on his suit, in addition to his chrome dome, bring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's character much more in line with his comic book counterpart. Most peculiar perhaps is the new trident that he is wielding. This could be a weapon that will put David Kane on a level playing field with Aquaman when they inevitably go toe-to-toe.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom releases in theaters on December 16, 2022. 

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Release Date
December 22, 2023
- About The Author: Tom Drew
Tom Drew is the Executive Editor at The Direct. Tom writes for The Direct's Marvel, Star Wars, and DC branches while specializing in all things movies, from blockbuster to indie darlings.