Unmasking Aquaman 2’s Shocking Downfall: Critics Slam, Fans Fume, and Controversy Reigns!

Dive into the storm surrounding ‘Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom’. Explore the Rotten Tomatoes score, controversies, and fan uproar as this sequel navigates a rocky path to the big screen. Unveil the reasons behind the polarizing reception of this cinematic adventure.

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Jason Momoa starrer ‘Aquaman 2’ has released in theatres.

Embarking on its box office journey, ‘Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom’ encountered a rocky start. Plagued by multiple delays, the film’s arrival failed to match the buzz generated by its billion-dollar predecessor. While debuting in China on December 20, the eagerly anticipated release in the US and Canada unfolded on December 22, 2023. The Rotten Tomatoes score for Aquaman 2 has been unveiled, revealing a significant drop and sparking heated discussions among fans and critics alike.

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Helmed by James Wan, ‘Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom’ spins a tale of fraternal alliance. Jason Momoa, as Arthur Curry, enlists his half-brother Orm in the quest to confront and defeat Black Manta. However, Amber Heard’s reduced role as Mera and her absence from promotional materials stirred controversy, igniting fierce debates online.

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Early reviews have poured in, signaling a critical divergence from its predecessor. With a disappointing Rotten Tomatoes score of 36% from 109 critics, a notable decline from the original film’s 70%, dissatisfaction echoes through audience reactions. Grievances range from critiques of the weak script to Jason Momoa’s performance in this new installment.

Critics’ voices paint a somber picture. Valerie Complex from Deadline Hollywood Daily critiques the sequel’s shift towards a more cartoonish tone, departing from the original’s balance between seriousness and fantasy. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times laments the film’s immersion in mundane villains and underwhelming visual effects. Even James Dyer from Empire Magazine, while acknowledging Momoa’s charismatic presence, dubs the sequel a lackluster conclusion to the DCEU.

Surrounded by controversy, ‘Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom’ faced public outcry due to Amber Heard’s tumultuous legal battle. Despite petitions demanding her removal from the DCEU, Warner Bros retained her in the sequel, further fueling the uproar. The reduction of her role left both detractors and supporters dissatisfied, intensifying the fervor surrounding the film.

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The journey to the big screen was marked by several delays, initially slated for December 16, 2022, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequent reschedulings to March 17, 2023, and eventually December 25, 2023, disappointed eager fans anticipating its release. Finally hitting screens on December 20 and 22, ‘Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom‘ faced a tumultuous path to its premiere.

The ensemble cast, led by Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, and Martin Short, anchors ‘Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom,’ despite the storm of controversies and setbacks that defined its journey.

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