Jason Mamoa in Aquaman

Aquaman Trailer #1 (2018) *Home Is Calling*

Aquaman has been one of my favorite DCEU incarnations, regardless of the quality of the films he’s thus far appeared in.  December brings us DCEU Issue #6 and Aquaman’s solo film debut.  James Wan will direct Jason Mamoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Randall Park and others in an underseas epic.  The first trailer for Aquaman was the finale of WB’s San Diego Comic-Con film panel (which means I may now go eat a sandwich and stop hitting “refresh”).  Of the two DCEU trailers WB brought to Comic-Con…Shazam looked better than I had hoped and Aquaman…was rough.  Visually stunning in parts, but there is some wince-inducing stuff in this.  It is the first look, but it’s also a film that’s basically done.  We shall see.  Aquaman swims into theaters on December 21, 2018.

From CBR’s notes on the panel:

Aquaman closed out the panel with an epic entrance by Jason Mamoa. The cast and director James Wan took the stage.

“One of the big things I wanted to do was create a superhero world we’d never seen before,” Wan said, “This might in some ways play more like a sci-fi/fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie which I think you’ll see in the trailer.”

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II confessed that despite getting the role of Black Manta, he didn’t know how to swim. “I secretly went down to the hotel pool when we were filming with a kick board and taught myself how to swim in the mornings and evenings,” he laughed, “but then in the end I ended up not really having to do that much swimming.

Aquaman Poster

6 thoughts on “Aquaman Trailer #1 (2018) *Home Is Calling*”

  1. Underwater stuff looks incredible and unutterably new. 80% of the film set underwater. Enough to get me into the theater to watch, which I swore I would not do.

    I do wish the style of MOS were still being employed. It was the bloat and nonsense that ruined BvS and JL, not the darknesss that contrasted with the MCU. In MOS the tone worked, because it was a focused, logical tale. A Nolan influenced Aquaman would have killed. I wish I could have seen such a thing of beauty.

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      1. Believe you me… I’m not even expecting WW1984 to be very good. I’ve always suspected that for whatever reason, WB was not paying the usual amount of attention when Jenkins made the first one, and that’s why it was so good. This time around, it’s going to be micromanaged to the hilt. There are a lot of problematic things about this Aquaman trailer, but I think the worst thing is that the lead is not very good. Maybe he’ll come across well in the movie itself, but people need to be enticed by the trailer to get into the movie, and in the trailer he is anti-charismatic. He was not great in JL either, but I mentioned the trailer because people are actually going to see the trailer (zing). This will bomb, even though the underwater world will be wondrous.

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  2. I was looking forward to this. But it looks more like a ride than a story – we all know what’s going to happen – and it’s going to happen by the numbers in a cheesy, hammy way – with a big helping of CGI. Now I’m off to make a toasted cheese sandwich.

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