A new trailer for Aquaman has been released at CinemaCon, and while it is not yet available online, reactions from those who saw it see seem to be positive.
Filming on the movie has actually been done for some time, but the fact that much of it takes place underwater means that a lot of CGI is needed. This has delayed a trailer until now, but patrons of CinemaCon were finally rewarded for their patience.
The next film in the DC Extended Universe and the franchise’s only entry this year, Aquaman focuses on Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the son of a human father and an Atlantean princess. In this story, he will go to the ancient city and challenge his half-brother, Prince Orm/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), for the throne, all while Orm also plans to start a war with the humans dwelling on the surface.
The trailer reportedly includes some great shots of Atlantis’ cityscape and a coliseum where Orm/Ocean Master rallies a crowd against his brother. “The war is coming to the surface and I am bringing the wrath of the seven seas with me!” he says at one point. But Aquaman is not going to be an easy opponent, as he see him lift a submarine at one point. “I’m a blunt instrument, and I am damned good at it,” he quips.
Also seen briefly are Mera (Amber Heard), Aquaman’s love interest, who warns him that unless he helps, millions of people are going to die. Secondary villain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) also shows up, and his trademark armor is said to look very close to the comic book depiction.
The positive reaction by fans is good news for Warner Bros. and the struggling DCEU franchise. With the notable exception of Wonder Woman, none of their entries have won widespread critical approval, and several made far less money than the studio hoped.
With the “meh” of Justice League now behind them, the DCEU is hoping to get things back on track. They seem to be trying to abandon the dour tone of their previous movies, trading it for some fun superhero action in Aquaman and 2019 entries, Shazam and Wonder Woman 2.
Aquaman is set to premiere in most places on December 21, 2018.