Entertainment Weekly is slowly unveiling their Aquaman movie coverage, so we round up the biggest news stories - first looks at key characters and insight into James Wan's DC Comics movie. The upcoming solo movie starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry is the only DC Films release of 2018. It arrives on the heels of a year that saw the DC movie universe's greatest success with Wonder Woman, and greatest disappointment in Justice League. After the mixed reviews and poor box office performance of Justice League, Warner Bros. and DC are no doubt hoping to bounce back with a hit in Aquaman.
Thankfully, buzz surrounding the upcoming DC movie has been positive. The hype has been building for almost a year now, since the first Aquaman footage screened at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. Warner Bros. also presented Aquaman footage at CinemaCon earlier this year, but an official trailer hasn't been released - yet. In the wake of Warner Bros' Aquaman presentation at CineEurope this week, where the trailer screened, more and more news is rolling in about the DC movie from EW's cover story.
Now, we collect all the biggest stories from Entertainment Weekly's coverage of Aquaman, including first looks at key characters, new images featuring the Atlantis setting, and insight about the movie provided by the creative team behind it.
- This Page: First Looks At Black Manta, Orm, Vulko & Queen Atlanna
- Next Page: Aquaman's Underwater Setting & Place In the DCEU
First Look At Black Manta
EW revealed our first look at David Kane aka. Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Though the still from Aquaman doesn't reveal what the antagonist to Arthur Curry will look like fully suited up, it does hint that the full costume will be comic-accurate. We've known for a while that would be the case, as Aquaman concept art shown at CinemaCon 2017 was described by attendees as featuring a Black Manta helmet that's accurate to the character's comic book iteration.
That said, now that the first official look at Black Manta has surfaced, fans will doubt be please to see it for themselves.
First Looks At Queen Atlanna
Nicole Kidman co-stars in Aquaman as Arthur Curry's Atlantean mother, Queen Atlanna. Though the actress has previously voiced her excitement about appearing in the film, our first look at her character arrived via an Entertainment Weekly cover featuring Queen Atlanna, Aquaman and Mera (Amber Heard).
Plus, an additional still from the movie revealed as part of a larger gallery of images depicts Atlanna carrying what appears to be Arthur as a toddler. It's possible the third person in the photo is Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison), Arthur's human father.
We still don't know much about Atlanna and how much she appears in Aquaman, but like the other Atlantean characters, Kidman's queen has an interesting underwater aesthetic that will likely look even better on screen.
First Look At Orm (And Vulko - Sort Of)
The previously mentioned gallery of Aquaman movie images includes a good look at Arthur's half brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), who is the ruler of Atlantis at the start of the film. According to the Aquaman CinemaCon footage descriptions, Arthur challenges King Orm to some kind of one-on-one battle in an underwater gladiator-like coliseum. Now, in the image released by EW, we can see how Orm appears, as well as the Atlantean armor he wears - not to mention, the way he and Arthur wear their hair. Plus, the still also offers a better look at Aquaman's new armor, which was revealed in a promotional photo at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, last month.
This gallery also offers a look at Vulko (Willem Dafoe), though it's from the back. Still, based on the image, we can see that Vulko is plotting something with Arthur and Mera. Plus, he wears a slick-looking black costume with a scale effect similar to the other Atlantean characters.
First Look At Atlanteans Riding Sharks
We've known Wan's DC movie would feature underwater soldiers riding sharks ever since the first footage debuted at SDCC last year and descriptions made their way online. However, as fantastic as those descriptions sounded, fans at home didn't get a chance to see how it actually looked. Now, EW has revealed a first look at Aquaman characters riding sharks and seadragons. New concept art, and a still image from the scene that art depicts, were revealed by EW, showing armies from two of the seven underwater kingdoms in some kind of meeting.
Among those on the sharks are Orm and Vulko from Atlantis, while King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren) of Xebel sits astride one of the seadragons. Certainly, though fans would undoubtedly love to see this scene play out in action, our first glimpse at such a spectacular underwater sequence will build buzz for when the Aquaman trailer eventually drops.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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