Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the DC sequel to the 2018 Aquaman movie starring Jason Momoa, is reportedly not going too well with the audiences of recent test screenings. It has been widely reported and rumoured that the sequel has gone through extensive changes with speculation that it may be due to Amber Heard’s controversial court case with ex-husband Johnny Depp, as Heard plays the character Mera in the franchise. However, there hasn’t been much on whether or not the reported negative reception of the test screenings has anything to do with the changes to the sequel, with reports that the storyline is simply “boring” to those who have watched it early.
Warner Bros. Pictures recently hired James Gunna and Peter Safran to come and help curate a more organised and planned DC universe as the franchise has been criticized these past few years for being the opposite. Some of the first changes implemented were the cancellation of Henry Cavill’s Superman, and Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, with various other projects being axed to make way for the new future of what is now called DC Studios. Now, all that remains from the pre-Gunn era of the DC universe over at Warner Bros., in movie terms, is Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
New Report Details For Aquaman 2 Test Screenings
This new report comes from the Reddit user “ViewerAnon”, who added to a thread on a popular DCEU forum, which reads “I’ll be honest, we’re half a dozen test screenings in and it’s not looking great. I’ve consistently heard over the last half year or so that it’s boring, not as good as the first, and potentially one of the worst DCEU movies.”
No other details were shared inside the comment attached to the Reddit thread, however, this isn’t the first report to make its way online these past few months about how the test screening audiences reacted to the second Aquaman movie. Moviegoers will get to gather their own opinion on the DC sequel once it is officially released later this year, as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be the last DC project to release from Warner Bros. Pictures in 2023.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently set to release in theatres on December 25, 2023.