First Reactions On 'Aquaman' Whistle Appreciation
Some lucky people have already seen the highly anticipated DC film Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, better known for his role as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, and directed by James Wan, better known for directing The Conjuring and Insidious. A lot of pressure is riding on this film, as it’s supposed to decide the fate of the DCEU after the sad reception of the Justice League.
Arthur Curry first debuted in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, another flop at the box office, but everyone was excited to have Jason play the character because he completely changed Aquaman’s reputation as just a joke in the comic books. The movie is set to come out on December 22, 2018, and here we have some early reviews.
Early test screening
The movie features Momoa as the son of a human Thomas Curry, played by Temuera Morrison, and the Atlantean Queen Atlanna, played by Nicole Kidman. He will eventually become King of Atlantis someday, but first, he must face his brother Orm, played by Patrick Wilson, and his plans to wage war on the surface world.
Based on the promotional pictures, we see Jason with a trident and a modern version of the classic Aquaman costume, and we cannot wait. It’s clear that we are getting a great underwater, action flick, which hopefully will do much better at the box office than its DCEU predecessors. According to reviews from early test screenings, this just might be possible.
In November, the final cut of the film was shown to members of the press, and while they cannot post complete reviews of the movie yet, some of them decided to go on their social media pages with their opinions. We have gathered some of them here, so you can get pumped about the new movie, which could change the course of this whole franchise.
Screen Rant’s own Andrew Dyce has given the film his full praise, and that’s just exciting for the fandom.
Aquaman is a breathtakingly beautiful, weird, badass, FUN idea of a modern superhero fantasy (anime) and makes zero apologies. Second half's one cheer/laugh after another.— Andrew Dyce (@andrewbdyce) November 26, 2018
Imagine '80s Schwarzenegger starring in "Hideo Kojima's AVATAR" and you're most of the way there. #Aquaman pic.twitter.com/nmZYjcUm5q
Meg Downey, a freelance journalist, has stated her opinion about the movie. We are hopeful that the good outwins the bad.
#Aquaman is a buckwild movie which is honestly both good and bad in (almost) equal measure. If nothing else, it looks great and it's completely unafraid to just go for it, which I appreciate in it.— Meg Downey (@rustypolished) November 26, 2018
ComicBook's own Brandon Davis has given a very positive opinion. Fans just have to keep waiting to see it.
#Aquaman is great. James Wan made a really unique super hero origin film, often crossing into fantasy-epic territory, but grounded in family and discovery.— The Brandalorian (@BrandonDavisBD) November 26, 2018
The world is visually incredible. Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry is a total bad-ass. @yahya and @patrickwilson73 stand out! pic.twitter.com/2IvDCEq7VU
ComicBook Debate has put in their reaction, and it gives us hope that the movie is going to be really good.
#AQUAMAN is an absolute blast! James Wan creates a thrilling story & makes a worthy entry in the DCEU— ComicBook Debate (@ComicBookDebate) November 26, 2018
Full of spectacle & highlighted by creatures of the abyss, Wan creates an engaging adventure. The heart/emotion of the film resonated most, amplified by strong cast performances pic.twitter.com/GVj7tnO51o
Editor-in-Chief of Joblocom Artist has stated that he just loves it. This keeps adding hope to us fans that it will be a fantastic movie.
Fandango's Managing Editor Erik Davis only has praises for the movie. This keeps adding to the uncertainty; hopefully, it is the right kind.
Short & sweet reaction to #Aquaman is that I loved it. It’s a comic book movie through & through with great action, iconic moments & visual spectacle to spare. Momoa makes the character his own & Wan honors the traditional aspects, but elevates it to the modern era. It’s a blast.— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) November 26, 2018
#Aquaman is the most ambitious DC movie to date -- a big, sprawling visual spectacle that is gorgeous, crazy, stuffed with terrific action, and a lot of fun to watch. James Wan, in my opinion, is the true star - he elevates the material, makes it entertaining and conquers it. pic.twitter.com/gDFjiAWICA— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) November 26, 2018
Owner and Editor of Slash Film, Peter Sciretta, was not left behind in giving us his take on the matter. He goes as far as to compare it to Marvel in a good way.
🔱 #Aquaman is better than expected. Feels like a Marvel phase one movie, in a good way. It’s at its best when it’s having fun and not taking itself too seriously. Black Manta is great villain that comic book fans will love. Some truly spectacular one shots and good action. pic.twitter.com/aTnc1QWk66— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 26, 2018
Film reporter Umberto Gonzalez has expressed his excitement about the movie and can't wait to watch it again.
Rotten Tomatoes Approved Critic, Ashley Menzel, agrees with all the other comments we have read so far.
Germain Lussier, an entertainment reporter, has given half good/half bad review. Let's just focus on the good and keep waiting for it.
#Aquaman is over the top fun! A perfect balance of cheesy humor & action. James Wan shows his skill as a director & puts his mark on DC in a big way. Momoa is perfectly charming & brings Aquaman out of the shadows to stand alongside the greats like #WonderWoman @aquamanmovie pic.twitter.com/ySM7Tn8nkl— Ashley Menzel (@AshleyGMenzel) November 26, 2018
ComingSoonNet's own Spencer Perry has made analogies to old-time cartoons that leave us wanting to find out more.
Aquaman is a big, fun, wild ride. It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable. Parts of it are kind of bad but they are not the majority and, oddly, still fit in with the cartoony tone. 2nd best DCU movie. YEEEAAHH! pic.twitter.com/3GLlK3uQJ3— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 26, 2018
DenOfGeekUs Editor-in-Chief, Mike Cecchini, is amazed about what he got the chance to preview before us. This gives us more fuel for our imagination.
#Aquaman is like an 80s cartoon, with all of the fun and the problems that come with that. A good adventure movie that acknowledges exactly what it is from the start, which is a meal made almost entirely of ham.— Spencer Perry (@TheSpencerPerry) November 26, 2018
Carly Lane, a contributing editor in SYFYFANGRRLS/SYFYWIRE, is transmitting her enjoyment about the movie, and it gives us goosebumps.
#Aquaman is pretty wild. It leans hard into its '80s fantasy/adventure movie vibe far more than superhero elements, and it works. It's another step in the right direction for the DCEU and shows how different/distinct the tones of these movies can be while still existing together.— Mike Cecchini (@wayoutstuff) November 26, 2018
So I really enjoyed #Aquaman! James Wan has made an unapologetically bold superhero flick, mixing adventure and fantasy elements with stunning visual effects, a terrific lead in Jason Momoa (who's clearly having the time of his life), and a great heroine in Amber Heard's Mera. pic.twitter.com/V8bnw6mnCX— Carly Lane-Perry (@carlylane) November 26, 2018
Members of the media seem to be pretty pleased with the final results, and there are undoubtedly many positive reactions. Perhaps, Warner Bros. and DC Films might finally get a hit just like Wonder Woman, which is the most successful film in the DCEU at this time. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot made wonders, pardon the pun, with the character of Diana Prince, and fans loved it.
The film earned $800 million from the global box office with praises from moviegoers and critics. Early forecasts for Aquaman’s numbers are not encouraging, but once the tickets were available, they broke records. It seems that no matter what happened in some previous films, everyone is rooting for DC to succeed in their own cinematic universe.
We hope that this means that it will do better, although Warner Bros. might need to rethink their films after this one. We are ready for their other upcoming projects like Shazam and Joker, slated for a 2019 release. There’s also Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984, which are expected to come out sometime in 2020.
The next two years are going to be filled with wonderful superhero releases, and these stories are only gaining more traction over time. Aquaman could be the hero the DCEU needs because this character was not popular like Batman or Superman in the comic books. Similarly to how starting the MCU with Iron Man was a huge risk, making an epic film about a shunned superhero could kick off a great story.
Does this mean it will succeed?
You don’t need to be a genius to understand that good initial critics are not definitive in terms of success at the box office. It’s hard to tell early on if the film will reach its intended audience as Warner Bros. expects. It’s being compared to a Phase 1 Marvel movie, so many people might be opposed to it after its release.
Furthermore, there is huge competition in theaters this holiday season like Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and Mortal Engines, so there’s a real possibility of it failing no matter how hard we wish it wouldn’t. The final trailer was released in time for ticket sales, and Prime Amazon members will get to see the film five days earlier. Lucky!
Do you think this movie might save the DCEU? Are you looking forward to it? There are only a few days left before its release, and we really hope that it reaches all expectations, changing the tone of other films that failed at the box office. We would like to know your opinion, so leave a comment below and share this article with all your girlfriends who love Jason Momoa.
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