Nothing quite like another Warner Bros. shocker to end a quiet night. The Hollywood Reporter’s latest news drop has revealed an absolute bombshell – Patty Jenkins‘ Wonder Woman 3 is not moving forward, and the DC Cinematic Universe established by Zack Snyder with 2013’s Man of Steel is likely over. If this wasn’t enough, THR also confirmed there are good odds the films released by the newly formed DC Studios over the next couple years will also be the last time fans see many of their favorite actors in their most iconic roles. This, according to the trade, would be true of even the heaviest DC hitters, including Jason Momoa as the undersea hero Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman.
Momoa has portrayed Aquaman in live action since 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, reprising the role in both versions of Justice League, the 2018 solo project Aquaman, and its upcoming sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. He also appeared as the character in a brief cameo for HBO Max’s series Peacemaker, alongside Ezra Miller‘s Flash. THR states Momoa is currently set to make another cameo in the long-gestating film The Flash next year, but that the inclusion of his scene -as well as the other DCEU cameos present in the movie – is in flux as the studio decides on the theatrical future of his fan-favorite superhero. There is reportedly a very real chance that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom marks Momoa‘s final time playing the titular protagonist, with an unexpected exit making room for a fresh take on the DC universe on film.
Curiously, however, THR makes the claim that a departure from playing Aquaman would not necessarily mean an end for Momoa‘s relationship with Warner Bros. and DC Studios. Many inside sources have tipped the trade off to the idea that Momoa may return to DC as a pivotal figure in the new regime, only this time, he’d be playing the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo instead. A surprise turn as the foul-mouthed antihero has been teased by both new DC Studios co-head James Gunn and Momoa in the past, so in a way, it would be a long thought abandoned dream come true. Unfortunately, there are no solid answers at the moment. Only time will tell how the next DC Cinematic Universe pans out.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits theaters December 25th.