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The DCEU is still trying to find its groove, but the upcoming Aquaman movie looks like a step in the right direction. Directed by The Conjuring‘s James Wan, DC’s latest blockbuster has the opportunity to distinguish itself from the abundance of superhero movies populating the cinematic landscape these days given that it’s the only one to be largely set underwater. Is that a major selling point? I don’t know, but I’m intrigued because of this aspect.
But the movie actually looks like a good time as well. Unlike Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU, Aquaman appears to be colorful, vibrant, and fun. If this is the direction their future DC movies will explore, I’m all for it. We need some light to complement the darkness sometimes. And when you consider that this, Shazam!, and the Wonder Woman sequel are on the horizon, the DCEU might not be all doom and gloom after all.
With Aquaman almost upon us, here’s everything you need to know about it before it hits a theater near you very soon.
While the trailer is a bit on the meaty side length-wise, it does make the film look rather good. Check out the footage below:
Here’s the official synopsis…
The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
Jason Momoa is Arthur, our titular superhero and the rightful king of the sea. Joining him is Amber Heard as Mera, his wife and the Princess of Atlantis. Willem Dafoe is Vulko, and Patrick Wilson is Aquaman’s half-brother — and antagonist — Orm/Ocean Master. Nicole Kidman returns to the DC Universe for the first time since Batman Forever as Atlanna, Aquaman’s mother. Elsewhere, cinematic art form Dolph Lundgren is King Nereus.
In addition to Orm, we know that Black Manta will be around to make life hell for Aquaman. In the movie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will portray the villain.
Comic Book Influences
The Aquaman character debuted in 1941, so the movie certainly had no shortage of source material to mine from. As such, the upcoming DC blockbuster has drawn influence from both classic and contemporary comics.
For Wan, the New 52 iteration of the character was his main inspiration. “I’m a big fan of what Geoff and Ivan did together,” the director told Nerdist. “So definitely the umbrella sort of spirit of the story was inspired by Geoff Johns’ run from the New 52.” In fact, Wan was so inspired by that run that he hired artist Ivan Reis to come aboard and help with the film’s visual development and concept art.
As for the older comics, Wan cited the Nick Cardy era as a major influence as well. “I’m a really big fan of the silver age Aquaman stuff, the early series, the stuff which ended up inspiring Super Friends and the Aquaman TV series, I love that! So I thought I wasn’t going to shy away from that.”
All in all, that sounds like a good mix that encompasses different eras. It’ll be interesting to see how Wan reinterprets them to suit his own artistic vision.
The film will hit theaters on December 21. However, Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to see special screenings of the the movie five days early on December 15.