The King is here! Entertainment Weekly has revealed a first look at the upcoming solo Aquaman film. Accompanying him is Amber Heard (as Mera) and Nicole Kidman (as Queen Atlanna). Aquaman is directed by The Conjuring’s James Wan.
Despite Justice League failing to catch an audience, people who did see the film loved the reinvention of Aquaman who has always been seen as more of a punchline than a superhero. The casting of Jason Momoa ensured no one was going to be making jokes about this Aquaman.
Dropping on December 21st, Aquaman is Warner Bros biggest gamble yet and director James Wan promises a film unlike we have ever seen before.
“The water world my movie takes place in is so separate and so far apart from previous DC movies it’s like I’m making my own sci-fi fantasy film,” Wan says. “This is a whole new underwater world nobody has seen before in live action.”
There are Atlanteans riding great white sharks, giant octopi, seven different underwater kingdoms, trench-dwelling cannibals, and even sea dragons (Wan’s fearsome take on the oft-mocked image of Aquaman riding a seahorse in the Super Friends cartoons).
Yet the film’s biggest surprise might be Momoa, who gives a humor-filled performance that finally brings the actor’s actual larger-than-life personality to the big screen. “Rarely has a superhero character been married to the real-life actor as much as Aquaman and Jason Momoa,” executive producer Peter Safran declares. “He’s authentically from two worlds, he’s this real physical specimen, he’s got this humor which he’s never been allowed to play before — in every regard he is Aquaman.”