Although plot details for DC’s Aquaman sequel, titled Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, are currently being kept under wraps, director James Wan has revealed that the film has taken inspiration from the 1960’s Italian science-fiction horror film called Planet of the Vampires stating that “you can take the boy out of horror but you can never take the horror out the boy.”
“Well, the first movie took a lot of people by surprise, right? And that’s partially because they were not familiar with the comic book, which deals in this very lurid, strange world… People were taken aback that I didn’t throw all that stuff away and make a dark, heavy film. But I didn’t feel that would have been right for it. So with the second film, I feel it will be easier for people to accept where we go because I’ve already laid the foundation,” Wan said in an interview with Total Film.
Directed by Mario Bava, Planet of the Vampires was first released in 1965 and was based on a sci-fi short story titled One Night of 21 Hours. The film follows the terrors experienced by the crew members of two spaceships that crash-land on a mysterious planet, and those who did not survive are later possessed by disembodied spirits.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II As Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry and Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones) in an as yet unrevealed role.