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.
It’s hard to remember, but there was a time when Kevin Costner was the biggest movie star in the world. The world. From about 1989 to 1992, Costner was THE MAN. I would love someone to some day write a book about the making of Waterworld that ate up years of Costner’s life and completely decimated his career (through his own doing, though, no doubt). After taking time away, in the last two years, Costner’s been making a comeback as a character actor in The Hatfields & McCoys, Man of Steel and Jack Ryan earlier this year. I’ve really enjoyed those outings of his and look forward to seeing him try to blend with ensembles, because he really can bring something to the table. It’s when he’s the main attraction that his faults as an actor swing center stage. 3 Days to Kill pairs Costner with McG, whom you’ll recall from such things as ruining the Terminator franchise. Continue reading Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill (2014)→
Based on the novel from Joseph Finder, Paranoia pits two technology kingpins (Ford & Oldman) against each other with Liam Hemsworth caught in the midst of their war. Three movies for Ford this year? His performance in 42 is still the only Oscar-caliber one I’ve seen in 2013 and he has Ender’s Game this fall as well. This looks like it has potential as a fun thriller. And, yes, Liam is the brother of Chris Hemsworth, known to all as Thor. Good genes in the Hemsworth pool. Paranoia opens August 16th.