Warner Bros. reveals the first footage for Aquaman during Comic-Con International in San Diego, featuring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry. The DC Extended Universe officially kicked off last spring with the premiere of Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. A follow-up to Man of Steel, Batman V Superman saw the return of Superman (Henry Cavill) and the introductions of Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). However, the film also featured cameos from other DC heroes: Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller).
When Warner Bros' DCEU slate was originally announced, it was revealed these heroes would not only join forces in Snyder's Justice League, but each would receive standalone entries of their own. So far, only Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman has hit theaters, and it remains to be seen whether solo Cyborg and The Flash movies will be put into production. However, James Wan's Aquaman started filming earlier this year, preparing for the DCEU installment's late 2018 release date. Now, fans can get hyped for the King of Atlantis' solo movie by learning about the footage presented today.
Although the DCEU portion of Warner Bros' panel at Comic-Con was mainly focused on Justice League - which is understandable since it hits theaters later this year - the studio also unveiled the first footage from Wan's Aquaman - though it's exclusive to Hall H.
Aquaman footage was brief: showed a couple of fisherman in the ocean above an armada of Atlantis vehicles below. Exclusive to Hall H.
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Based on reports from Screen Rant's Ben Kendrick out of Hall H, the Aquaman footage started off with two fishermen on a small boat. After casting their lines, one snags his on something big and it drags their boat across the ocean - eventually pulling the fishing pole out of the fisherman’s hands. Below the water, a fleet of vehicles go by and the camera dives below the surface of the ocean to take a look at submarines shaped like manta rays and warriors riding multi-finned sharks. Momoa revealed during the panel that the army is Ocean Master's. That part of the clip ends with a shark eating the camera. The footage then cuts to Momoa as Aquaman on a sunken ship. He says, “I suppose you don’t want to talk about this huh. Neither do I." He pulls a sword and attacks the camera - ending the Comic-Con footage.
Certainly, fans not able to attend Comic-Con will be disappointed that the footage won't be released online - although, of course, those who waited in line for Hall H do deserve something for their trouble. Still, the descriptions of the Aquaman footage tease an epic underwater adventure from Wan and Momoa, one that adds a little bit of humor to the tale of Arthur Curry. As evidenced by the reception of Jenkins' Wonder Woman, movie fans are excited to see the members of the Justice League in their own standalone adventures.
With a director as talented as Wan at the helm and Momoa already intriguing moviegoers with his take on the King of Atlantis just based on his appearances in Batman V Superman and the Justice League trailers, there's already a great deal of positive buzz for Aquaman. Once Warner Bros. officially releases a teaser to the public, that excitement from fans may only grow.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020