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New merchandise for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom recently hit the store shelves, revealing the new costumes Aquaman, Ocean Master and Black Manta will wear in the upcoming DC Extended Universe sequel.
The first wave of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom action figures from Spin Master have been shared on X (formerly Twitter). The first image shows figures of Mera (Amber Heard) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) in their comics-accurate costumes from the 2018 movie. The next image shows Black Manta sporting an upgraded, comics-accurate suit while the last image has Aquaman and his half-brother Orm/Ocean Master wearing their stealth suits. A first look image of Momoa in Aquaman's blue stealth suit was previously released way back in 2021.
In addition to the Lost Kingdom action figures, another Spin Master toy set -- featuring Black Manta's new submarine -- has also been spotted in stores, which hopefully suggests that marketing and promotion for the long-awaited sequel will be ramping up in the coming weeks. Despite being set to hit theaters in four months, Warner Bros. and DC Studios have not yet begun marketing the hotly-anticipated follow-up to 2018's Aquaman, which grossed over $1 billion at the global box office. In fact, The Lost Kingdom recently set an unfortunate record in the DCEU. It has become the movie with the shortest window between the release of its first trailer and its theatrical release date.
James Wan Promises a Next-Level Sequel
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom director James Wan recently hyped the upcoming superhero movie, which will be the final installment in the DCEU. "You know, people love Jason Momoa; people love him playing this role; and people love the action visuals of this space and this world," he said. "And that's what we're doing: we're taking it to the next level and we are still expanding. This is the next level and I'm very excited to finally put out there to show them what we've been working on all these years."
Who Is Returning for Aquaman 2?
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom picks up several years after the events depicted in the 2018 film, following the titular superhero (Momoa) as he reluctantly teams up with his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) to face a stronger Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his army. In addition to the aforementioned names, the DCEU sequel features the return of Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman and Randall Park, reprising their respective roles from the first film as Mera, Nuidis Vulko, King Nereus, Thomas Curry, Atlanna and Dr. Stephen Shin
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom opens in theaters on Dec. 20.