While the original “Aquaman” film did well at the box office, the sequel is trending in the opposite direction. People are walking out of free screenings.
One of its top performers became embroiled in a contentious and widely publicized court battle just as the pandemic was already slowing down the project’s progress.
As a result of her legal fight with Johnny Depp, Amber Heard’s character was nearly written out of the sequel to “Aquaman.”
Lauren Chen, the social commenter, claims there are even murmurs out there that the studio is so dubious about how this film is going to fair at the box office that they’re not even attempting to sell it. They are going to cut their losses.
Since finishing principal photography in January 2022 at a reported cost of $200,000,000, the film has reportedly undergone three rounds of reshoots.
Chen believes the retake numbers are probably low. The fact that a film had to reshoot any of its footage immediately sends up red flags in Chen’s mind.
James Wan, the film’s director, has said that he “had to make modifications along the road,” further supporting Chen’s prediction that the film will be a financial failure.
The reports that people are leaving screenings of “Aquaman” raise an interesting question about preview showings.
Chen chimes in, “I won’t tell what the rumored sequence is that made people leave the picture, but if it’s accurate, let’s just say that would be a very unpleasant sight to see in any movie.”
Fans were reportedly shocked by a scenario in which Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) killed their infant son, Aquababy. (In the comics, Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) coldly murders the child.)
Other rumors even put Jason Momoa’s role in the DC Universe, which had been said to be safe for fans to look forward to, in peril.
So, as Chen puts it, “I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”