San Diego Comic-Con is now officially in the rear view, as are the myriad new trailers and footage debuted at Hall H and the Con's various other panels. One of the biggest trailers was for DC's next blockbuster: James Wan's Aquaman. Fans were treated to the DC Universe's version of Atlantis, bringing back Jason Momoa's hero-- who is now chock full of sassy lines. The trailer has received mixed reception from fans, who loved the fantastic visual affects, but weren't happy with the bits of dialogue sampled. But Aquaman's first footage does have a major cheerleader: Kevin Smith. The comic book aficionado and director recently spoke to how spot on he thought the trailer was, saying:
This shit looks like the truest comic book movie ever made. Like it really comes close to the Aquaman universe I know, and the look of the Aquaman universe I know.
Although the overall quality of Aquaman is still a mystery, what is clear is that the movie will look unlike anything we've seen from either the DCEU or MCU. A majority of the film is set underwater, making filming and visual affects a major challenge. But DC seems to have spared no expense, with Atlantis bearing a close resemblance to the iconic comic book setting.
Kevin Smith's comments come from his Fatman on Batman podcast, where he regularly discusses and dissects the latest updates from DC's film, TV, and comics. Aquaman is the next installment in DC's live-action universe, and the pressure is on for acclaimed horror director James Wan to bring Arthur Curry's world to the big screen, and hopefully deliver DC's second critical reception. Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman is the only big win for DC's big screen adventures, and both the fans and studio are hoping this December brings number two.
It's also fair to say that Kevin Smith's reaction to the Aquaman trailer might be slightly biased. Smith is an unabashed comic fan, and gets extremely hyped up about each new blockbuster arriving in theaters-- regardless of their flaws. Smith has been known to break down into tears about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, geek out about Batman v Superman, and has even directed episodes of The Flash and Supergirl. Smith knows and loves comics, so he's understandably jazzed about Atlantis and Arthur Curry getting a chance to shine.
Aquaman will dive (literally) into the background and internal struggles of Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry. Following his fun and badass introduction in Justice League, James Wan focus on the politics of Atlantis, and the title character's heritage as part man and part Atlantean. Plenty of new characters will be introduced, including popular villain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).
Aquaman will arrive in theaters on December 21st. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.