Warner Bros. Pictures released the Aquaman trailer at Comic-Con yesterday, and I checked it out as soon as I got the email… Our verdict? Eh.
Alright let’s go through the details first and then dive into thoughts of why this film probably isn’t going to work (in my opinion).
The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king (played by Jason Momoa – who I honestly think is a good fit for this role).
The film also Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Take a look at the full trailer below.
Alright. So… there’s a lot of things to be concerned about here. When I first heard that this film was being made, I naturally had concerns on the special effects side of things (how this film would look?) and I just couldn’t imagine it looking realistic enough to not distract me from the story. Seeing this trailer, my concerns are actually reversed. The special effects actually look pretty good (though a little eerie with the underwater interactions between characters)- the story, the script, and the performances are what greatly concerns me.
So who is the team behind the story and the script? James Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (“The Conjuring 2”) and Will Beall (“Gangster Squad,” TV’s “Training Day”), story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters from DC, Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.
Wan’s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films), and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”).
Aquaman hits theaters on December 21, 2018, in 3D and 2D and IMAX. I’ll be there no matter what – but I now have new concerns and reservations about this one that are leaving me with rather low expectations. I hope that I’m pleasantly surprised…
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