The latest news about Aquaman 2 has left fans wondering about the fate of the upcoming DC movie. After disappointing reactions from recent test screenings, it seems that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is undergoing major story changes in post-production. This has reportedly led Jason Momoa to move away from the character and take on a new role within the DCU.
Insider KC Walsh has revealed in a tweet(which has been now deleted) that the plot of the film has been completely changed, and the version being shown now is “not even the same movie that tested 4 times prior.” Every test screening has had mostly unfinished VFX, and the main issue was that they completely changed the plot and villains of the film.
“Every test screening has had mostly unfinished VFX, and no one walked out, the main issue was they completely changed the plot and villains of the film, it’s not even the same movie that tested 4 times prior.”
It’s unclear why these alterations have come so late in the game, but it’s possible that it could be because of a tonal issue. Robert Meyer Burnett has speculated that WB is changing a significant plot point, but nothing specific has been mentioned. The fact that two Batmen cameos from Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton have reportedly been cut from the movie adds to the confusion surrounding Aquaman 2.
It’s unfortunate that the current era of DC movies is not going out on a high note, as all reports point to Aquaman 2 being in shambles. The first Aquaman film was considered one of the more successful DCU entries, so it felt primed to carry on those good vibes. However, this feels like a case of a movie that was pulled apart and put back together too many times.
Aquaman 2 has been the victim of constant changes in strategy for the DC Universe as a whole, being in a constant state of flux as things change at both DC and Warner Bros. Whether it was good before these changes or not remains unknown, but it is hard for a movie to succeed when it is being Frankensteined over and over again into things it was never meant to be.
Fans will have to wait until December 25 to see the final product, but the drastic story changes that Aquaman 2 is reportedly undergoing may have already left a lasting impact on the movie.
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