Aquaman's New Movie May Be The Biggest DC Release Of This Year (But It Can Fail As Well)
The premiere of Aquaman is just around the corner. After making a cameo in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and then rocking our screens a year later in Justice League, Jason Momoa will be reprising his role in the solo movie of the aquatic superhero, which is surprising because he refused a part in the MCU. Let’s dive into everything you need to know before watching it.
Just like the previous movies in this universe, it looks like this film is going to be just as dark as Man of Steel, which is really different from the image of the character in the comic books or even the animated series. We have always seen Aquaman as the comedic relief that darker productions needed.
However, as soon as we saw Momoa in his role, we knew that the big screen version of the superhero had to be taken seriously. Therefore, he is crucial to the DCEU (or whatever will be left of it) as his solo movie is happening even before a film for Flash. Let’s talk now about this character a little more in depth and what might happen in his origin story.
Who is Aquaman?
Atlantis is very much real in the world of DC, and maybe a few years ago that was not cool enough for big screen production, but now we are used to heroes and antiheroes with symbiotes, as well as talking trees, and even human-like raccoons. Everything based on a comic book seems to be trendy at the moment as long as there is an excellent tale to tell.
The character himself has different origins depending on the DC universe, but there are a few options. The son of a diver who found an abandoned Atlantis and taught his son how to live there or Arthur Curry, the son of the lighthouse keeper and an Atlantean woman. He could also be Orin, the son of a wizard and the queen of Atlantis or, finally, he might be Arthur Joseph Curry, a completely different person who had a sword.
Right off the bat, we know that Arthur Curry is the name of our hero, and due to the trailers and a description on the Aquaman website, we know that he is half-Atlantean and half-human. Arthur will become the King of Atlantis and has a girlfriend named Mera (played by Amber Heard). At some point, he abdicated his throne to fight against people damaging the oceans but then went back.
In the “New 52” version of the DC universe, we know that Aquaman is not as respected as the rest of the heroes, and he strives to prove himself to everyone. This could play a part in the movie making him a much more lovable character. His powers involve superhuman strength, swimming rapidly, telepathic communication and control of sea creatures, surviving on water or land, and fast healing.
Who are his enemies?
Just like all superheroes in DC, this character has faced a couple of nemesis in the past. In 1941, Black Jack, a pirate who bothered Arthur for a while, was his foe for nine years. He could also be dealing with Nazi U-Boat commanders, but the movie seems to be set in more modern times, so that’s not really plausible at this moment.
In the 1960s, our hero faced off against several aquatic villains like The Awesome Threesome, Victor Brag as The Human Flying Fish, magic users with seaweed tresses, and Fisherman, whose primary weapons were fishing rods. However, the trailer has already given us some insight, and we are glad to say that his enemies will be much more fearsome.
In the original version, Aquaman battled against Orm Marius, known as the Ocean Master and Arthur’s evil half-brother. They had the same father, but Orm was purely human and desired to have his brother’s power. The film, however, seems to have taken the “New 52” version, in which Orm Marius is the son of his mother, an Atlantean, and the ruler of Atlantis. He will be portrayed by Patrick Wilson. Check out some other actors from both Marvel and DC.
Although Orm is the main antagonist of the film, we will also be seeing an appearance by Black Manta, otherwise known as David Hyde, an evil mercenary and treasure hunter with a penchant for acquiring technology. This is perhaps the better-known villain in Aquaman stories, mainly due to his black suit, but he also has an interesting backstory as an autistic child who loved cold water, which should definitely be explored.
What will happen in the film?
The main story seems to be Aquaman’s origin. It will focus on his mother who left him among humans, to grow up on land, and he always felt like a fish out of water. We will also see the conflict this character faces because he did not grow up thinking he would ever be a king, much less of Atlantis, and he has to rise to the challenge. Pollution or damaging oceans will also play a massive part because Orm is waging war on the surface world.
Will this movie be like the previous failures of the DCEU?
This question is a bit tricky as the film has to contend with many new productions coming out this December, and the trailer made it look like a cool action film that takes place in land and underwater with just a touch of a romance thrown in there and even more family stuff. It’s bound to be fun, but it is facing a lot of pressure.
The DCEU is basically counting on Aquaman to justify continuing the saga. After the adverse critics of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, this film has to outperform them all and be popular enough. The favorite storylines like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and even Margot Robbie’s role as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad 2 can easily survive even outside this timeline.
In fact, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 is set before the events of Man of Steel with Diana in the lead showing that she is one of the toughest female characters, so if this film does not do well at the box office, it could mean the end of this continuity, even though we were all looking forward to an origin movie about The Flash and Nightwing. No one likes reboots or starting from scratch, so James Wan has to save the DCEU.
Which movies is Aquaman competing with this season?
This film starring Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and more is set to release on December 21st. That is two days before Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns; there’s also Adam Mckay’s Vice, the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Second Act, and Clint Eastwood’s The Mule.
It will also be competing against Sony's animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mortal Engines, Welcome to Marwen, Holmes and Watson, Bumblebee, and Fox’s Once Upon a Deadpool, a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, a character that many fans want in the MCU. That’s a lot of opposition, and only time will tell if Aquaman lives up to the challenge.
Are you looking forward to the new Aquaman? We never expected this hero to get his own big screen movie, but Jason Momoa as the lead has really changed the reputation of the character. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who will accompany you to theaters on the premiere date. See you next time!