The hype train for Aquaman is slowly beginning, with one of its producers saying that it will finally help revive the faltering DC Extended Universe.
This comes from an article in Entertainment Weekly, as those working on movie discuss its progress and visual effects.
“[Aquaman has] got the great action you expect, it’s got a lot of great humor, it works on so many levels,” said producer Peter Safran, who added that it was a testament to the vision of director James Wan. “I think it’s an extraordinary step in [the] DC Universe that sets it on the right path.”
The comment is somewhat frank, but it is not inaccurate to say that the DC Extended Universe needs a course correction; Warner Bros. has been trying to do that since 2016, when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice proved to be a critical and financial clunker. Since then Wonder Woman has gone on to be a success, but its other movie range from bad (BvS) to divisive (Man of Steel) to “okay” (Justice League).
Aquaman hopes to be a second success. The film will star Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, the half-human prince of Atlantis, who will have to fight his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) as well as the villain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) to claim his throne and prevent a war with the surface world. It is scheduled to come out December 21, and so far its production seems to be on schedule without any major problem.
As you might expect, a lot of the movie is set underwater, and co-writer Geoff Johns says that the studio has done great working with that aspect.
“The underwater stuff has never been executed like this before. The visual effects shots coming in are just beautiful,” he said. “James can switch modes from horror to big bright colorful action to really emotional scenes. He’s so able to hit all these different genres.”
For the record, Atlanteans can talk underwater, despite using special air bubbles in Justice League.
Reports say that the first trailer for the movie was shown at CineEurope, and will presumably be put online soon. Hopefully it will live up to the positive buzz, and the film will be another positive entry for the fans of this struggling franchise.