DC Fandome: ‘Aquaman 2’ Director James Wan Teases A More “Serious” Sequel

Aquaman director James Wan and The Ocean Master himself, Patrick Wilson graced the DC Fandome stage to talk about making Aquaman and what to expect in the second. The pair joked about Wilson’s character’s fate, having been jailed at the end of the last one. “Am I handcuffed the entire time?” Wilson joked.

Wan also teased more world-building and a darker tone in this new film. “The second one is a little more serious,” he said. Earlier this month, The Conjuring director already hinted that the sequel would share some of the horror elements he is known for.  He went on to say that the new film would be “a little more relevant to the world we are living in today.”

So I would expect a social justice or corrupt leader element to the next film, but we will have to wait and see when Aquaman 2 arrives on December 12th 2022.


A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.