While at CinemaCon, I had the opportunity to see the first footage from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's upcoming film Aquaman. Before the footage was shown, director James Wan expressed how he really didn't want to show any footage at this point because it wasn't fully finished. But, the studio told him he had to show something, so he did, and what he ended up sharing with all those in attendance was visually epic!
I was completely wowed by the footage that I saw! Wan's vision for this film goes way above and beyond what I was expecting. This world that Wan has created is seriously Lord of the Rings-style epic, only it's set underwater! I'll be honest, I've never been a fan of Aquaman, but I'm a huge fan of James Wan, and now I couldn't be more excited to see this movie!
Aquaman looks like it's the most ambitious DC film project that WB has made yet. The footage showed tons of footage of Jason Momoa in the title role and the story will dive into the character backstory. One of the coolest scenes showed a young Aquaman catching a trident flying at his face with his bare hands. There's also a shot of him lifting a submarine out of the ocean, and we see a badass fight scene inside of a sub.
We also got our first look at Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (Green Lantern) as Tom Curry; Patrick Wilson looked awesome as Orm/Ocean Master, who promises to bring the "wrath of the seven seas." Then there was Yahya Abdul-Mateen II looking freakin' rad as Black Manta! It was a quick shot, but he looked so cool and his look is right on par with the design of the character in the comics.
The most impressive stuff that I saw, though, were the visuals of the world that the story is set in. At one point the Ocean Master is standing in a colosseum rallying the crowd of people against his brother who is looking to challenge him to the throne.
I can't wait for you to see some of this stuff when the first trailer is eventually released. I think a lot of fans will be in awe of what this movie looks like. Judging from what I saw here, Wan went out and made an incredible Aquaman film!
Aquaman also stars Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Ludi Lin as Murk, and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna. Here's the synopsis:
Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.
The movie is set to be released December 21, 2018.