Warner Bros. made a huge splash at San Diego Comic-Con earlier today, bringing with them the very first trailer for the hugely anticipated Aquaman.
Headed up by horror maestro James Wan – in fact, Arthur Curry’s solo movie will reportedly have a horror slant when it makes land later this year (something we get a hint of in the footage here) – Aquaman will herald the return of Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as DC’s King of the Seven, after he was first introduced to the grand DCEU via a small cameo role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
But if Zack Snyder’s titanic event movie handled the King of Atlantis rather poorly, Wan’s spinoff will look to portray Aquaman in a new light and maybe – just maybe – reinstate his status as a badass icon among the DC roster. I mean, just from what we see here, Arthur certainly looks like he’s someone you don’t want to mess with, and whether it’s the gorgeous underwater city of Atlantis or the epic looking action scenes, there’s much to marvel at in this dazzling first trailer.
Not only that, but it’s quite clear that Aquaman‘s maritime adventure is also worlds apart from the doom and gloom of Justice League. In fact, lead star Jason Momoa went on record just the other day to outline the differences between one DC epic and the next. It all comes down to one person – James Wan, whose horror influences have helped shape the origins pic into something that we’ve never seen before.
Part Star Wars, part Avatar, look for Aquaman to plunge beneath the waves on December 21st. It currently faces a tall order if it’s to seize the box office throne, what with Bumblebee and Fox’s manga epic Alita: Battle Angel all pegged for the same corridor. Who wins? You decide.