Patrick Wilson begins his Ocean Master training for Aquaman 2. Wilson joined the DCEU for 2018's Aquaman, where he played the Atlantean half-brother of Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry. As the central villain, Wilson's King Orm sought to wage war with the humans on land. In the climatic battle, Arthur, having gained the upper hand, opted to spare Orm and have him imprisoned instead of killed. As a result, Wilson will get to return for the long-awaited Aquaman 2, which will debut in 2022. Wilson's reprise was confirmed last summer at DC FanDome.
Despite the first Aquaman being a box office smash, the sequel will arrive four years later. Production on Aquaman 2 is expected to take place this summer, and though plot details are still being kept under wraps, the cast list has begun to take shape. In addition to Wilson and Momoa, Amber Heard will once again play Mera, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is back as Black Manta. Last week, Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek joined the cast as an unnamed character, becoming the first newcomer to sign on to Aquaman 2.
With production steadily approaching, pre-production efforts are kicking into high gear. This includes training for the actors, as evidenced by Wilson's latest social media post. "Let the training commence," Wilson wrote alongside a picture of a sweat-stained gym floor. He confirmed it was for Aquaman 2 with a trident emoji and a few creative hashtags Check out the post down below.
As the Ocean Master was last seen being put into custody, it isn't clear just what his role in Aquaman 2 will be like. However, Wilson's training suggests he'll be a part of at least one action scene, perhaps even more. There's a chance Orm's storyline will resemble Loki's from Thor: The Dark World, where he was locked up at the start of the movie and later freed to he could aid his brother in the final battle. Of course, this is just speculation for the time being.
This past year has seen virtually every superhero movie in development impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Aquaman 2 stands as one of the few to remain untouched, largely because of its 2022 release date and the fact that it wasn't expected to begin production until this year anyway. Though fans are likely disappointed to still have to wait so long for the next Momoa-led DC film, they can rest assured that Aquaman 2 is progressing exactly as planned, and its stars are finally getting ready to begin production.