The latest reports suggest Aquaman 3 is already in the early planning stages.
In the vast majority of instances, virtually any studio blockbuster with a massive budget is often crafted with franchise prospects in mind, with Christopher Nolan‘s latest projects sticking out as exceptions to the norm.
Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), and Tenet (2020), each cost at least $160 million apiece, but they are three of the most expensive modern-day productions planned explicitly beforehand.
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Hollywood may have toned down to revealing release dates for sequels before the first film even hit the theaters after facing embarrassments on several occasions, especially with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, but the discussions inevitably always take place behind closed doors.
Aquaman 2, for example, was publicly revealed to be in production just over a month after Arthur Curry‘s solo debut reached theaters, and months before it became the biggest adaptation of DC Comics.
It could be tough for the sequel to equal the $1.148 billion gross of the original, but the latest reports suggest the third Aquaman film is already in the early development stages at Warner Bros.
James Wan will press for action on the follow-up in a couple of months, with Amber Heard already strongly participating despite the objections of almost two million people, and it is scarcely a disappointment to learn that WB is looking to keep milking one of their more unexpected cash cows.
After all, with Michael Keaton on the brink of becoming DCEU’s full-time Batman, Wonder Woman 1984 becoming extremely contentious, Birds of Prey appearing to end the prospects of Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn turning into one of the franchise’s marquee names and still no evidence of a Man of Steel sequel, Aquaman is likely to become DCEU’s biggest attraction.