The battle for Atlantis is about to begin…
After what has felt like an eternity, the incredible new trailer for the upcoming DC Universe blockbuster Aquaman has finally been unveiled and it wasted no time in sending a packed auditorium ablaze with excited chatter at SDCC.
Reprising his role from Justice League, Jason Momoa slips beneath the waves to restore the kingdom of Atlantis and prevent his brother from waging war with the surface dwellers who have polluted the oceans for millennia. James Wan’s foray into the DC Universe reveals the origin story of the half-human, half-Atlantean and takes him on the journey to discover who he really is and whether he is truly worthy to claim the throne as the rightful king of the sevens seas.
With so much vivid imagery packed into this trailer, it is easy to forget that this is a comic book movie. The visuals are simply breath-taking. The cinematography is mesmerising and use of marine creatures is a glorious homage to the essence of the character. A trait that was sorely lacking from Aquaman’s exploits in Justice League. His involvement in DC’s divisive blockbuster was nothing short of a character assassination and seeing Aquaman restored to prominence in his first solo outing has restored my faith in the DC Universe.
The key to Aquaman’s success lies within the Kingdom of Atlantis. If James Wan and Warner Bros can harness the underwater kingdom and present it as a cultural icon akin to that of Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther, then Aquaman has every chance of success.
If handled properly, Aquaman has the potential to become DC’s equivalent to Black Panther. A cultural phenomenon. One littered with sharks, crocodiles, seahorses, dragons and a gloriously unchartered underwater world for us to revel in and explore. And that is a tantalising prospect.
Aquaman arrives in cinemas on December 21st
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