Aquaman Trailer Review
Yesterday at San Diego Comic Con panel H, Warner Bros. and DC have finally released the first Aquaman trailer set for a December release and from what I saw, what I can certainly say is this: It looks FUN! That’s definitely the vibe that the DC is trying to promote and its the smart move. BVS and Suicide Squad didn’t quite stick the landing in 2016 with most people, not saying that those films didn’t have their moments of enjoyment. Just not enough. But with this Aquaman trailer, I pretty much had a big Joker-style grin on my face. Hopefully you all did too. Now lets break this trailer down.
So it looks like we will be getting a brief look into Arthur Curry’s childhood and his relationship with his parents; one is a mortal and the other is an undersea goddess. It probably might go the same route as what we saw with Wonder Woman back in 2017 which is the right amount of focus we need. There’s a pretty sweet training montage on the beach at one point back and forth between past and present. Aquaman vs a submarine! That’s just badass right there. Reminded me of Captain America vs the Fighter Jet in The Winter Soldier. However rather than sink the sub, he brings it to the surface after disposing of some mercenaries or pirates no exactly sure. “Permission to come aboard” indeed.
Lot of shots and interactions between Queen Mera and Arthur Curry, mostly discussing business, a few romantic nods, but they’re concern is how to deal with the films villain Orm the Ocean Master, Arthur’s half-brother who’s waging war on the surface world because of what humanity has done to the earths oceans in terms of pollution and destruction. A challenge is ensued and it looked like the rest of the underwater kingdoms were getting ready to see a gladiator match up. We definitely get to see the uniqueness off all the different underwater kingdoms and classes. I can see why James Wan wanted to wait till all the visuals were finished before the trailer gets released. The look of underwater is bold, the colors are vibrant and visually spectacular, and there’s awe and amazement from the cast! They’re screaming in joy, they’re amazed by what they see and that brings us into the world. That’s what we need. The welcome home element reminded me of Black Panther. Certain shots stood out. In fact, this film could be similar in some ways. The sense of returning home to a rightful throne, a battle between a family member who has a purpose to their villainy, and a civil war that breaks out towards the finally.
Now while I didn’t mind the air bubble conversation in Justice League between Mera and Arthur, it would get tiring if that continued to happen in this movie. Here, they just talk! Simple and effective! They’re magically beings they don’t need air bubbles. Nice! So yeah to Black Manta…WOW! While brief, very memorable. He looks like he leapt from the pages, his costume is powerful and there’s a shot of him squaring off against Arthur with some laser beams shooting out of the helm and just wow. I would have liked to have heard his voice though that’s all. Still not sure how he fits into this story yet but we don’t need to be spoon-fed all the details. On paper, this is only a teaser trailer. And lastly we were told Star Wars-like battles underwater and we essentially got that! Sharks, sea dragons, king crabs the size of elephants, turtles, mermaids, dark water creatures, mermen covered in steel plate armor going toe-to-toe in an all out war with each other. Fun! Nothing short of the word. And this this trailer delivered. Of course we get the occasional humor. Got to love red heads, right?
If I had to grade this trailer, I’d give it an A- it got me excited. Visuals, a sense of adventure, cinematography, musical score, color scheme, and above all a sense of fun. Dolph Lundgren was absent or maybe I just missed him. Hopefully the humor lands throughout. In the end a trailer is a trailer. It’s the movie itself that counts. You have a great trailer and a sub par movie (Suicide Squad) and you can have a weak trailer and awesome movie (Star Trek Beyond). But I got to say, I’m even more pumped for December and my butt will be in a seat to see this movie. That’s the purpose of a trailer: get butts in the seats.
What did you guys think the first Aquaman trailer? Let me know in the comments