OPINION: Aquaman - You Should Be Hyped, but Not Too Hyped
This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. Studios displayed their DC Comic properties to the public. One, in particular, is the trailer to to the first official full-length film for Aquaman. Fans of the Justice League member are eager to see the finished product, yet the film is months away.
With the trailer release and the not-so-perfect poster, should fans be skeptical going into the film? The DCEU has not been shaping up as fans were expecting. The franchise has been given mixed reactions from fans and critics, with the exception of the two parties partially agreeing on the 2017 summer hit, Wonder Woman. Are we in for a win with Aquaman, or are we in for another disaster that will soon join the likes of Suicide Squad and Justice League? One can not tell, as it is early to have that discussion. However, we can look at some pros Aquaman has in store based on set images, stills, cast, and crew and what Aquaman can fault to like the other DCEU films.
Aquaman is ready to blow audiences away with the under the sea visuals. 2017’s Justice League did give its fans -- and I use that word loosely -- a taste of what to expect with underwater action. It’s going to be quite the spectacle seeing the kingdom of Atlantis filled with quantities of creatures from the comics in the big screen. Which brings up another positive aspect, the production design. No one has yet to say anything terrible about Aquaman’s production design. Costume designs, set pieces, makeup, the whole nine yards! They seem to have gone all out for this movie, as it shapes up to be an unbelievable experience!
The cast and crew are also shaping up to be great. Just look at the names in this film: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Wilson, Willem DaFoe, Dolph Lundgren and Nicole Kidman! The list of names speak for themselves, you know who they are, you loved them in everything they were in, so there’s no question they’ll be great on screen.
Then we have the crew -- specifically, the man behind the camera. Visionary horror director James Wan will create the underwater environment in the way he wants to and knows how. Wan has stated that his signature horror elements will come to play in Aquaman. Doesn’t that sound interesting? James Wan has had great success in the past with Saw and the two Conjuring films. James Wan is no stranger to action as well, as he also has Furious 7 to his credit. Horror elements and action, that just adds to the hype.
James Wan also co-wrote the film’s story with Will Beall and beloved comic book writer Geoff Johns. Geoff Johns has numerous of accolades to his writing credits, including the acclaimed storyline, "Flashpoint". Just looking at Geoff Johns’ credits can get you excited about the film’s story.
What Aquaman Can Fault To
The films in the DCEU have had countless flaws in them. Whether it was editing issues, storytelling issues, or even CGI issues, the films have encountered them all. It doesn't have to be perfect, but aspects like these need to be pointed out when in post-production. Otherwise, you’ll end up with another Justice League disaster. Aquaman has had quite a lot of time with post-production, as the ended principal photography in October 2017.
The studio has time, they can go over the film as many times as they can to make adjustments and have a really great crew working on it. There shouldn’t be any major complaints coming from fans and critics. It doesn’t have to come out perfect but the studio should aim to make everyone happy.
What the Trailer Told Us About Aquaman
Since we have now seen the first official trailer for the film, we can now look at some aspects that can be talked about. Let’s start with the story. It appears it will be an origin movie, where we will see Arthur grow up away from Atlantis. We also learn that his half-brother, Orm, seeks a turf war and is gathering his army. Sprinkled all in between that, is Black Manta going after Arthur. It’s not clear if Black Manta is with Orm’s army or by himself.
Just by looking at the story, it looks to play out as how Thor and Black Panther played out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The next king is away from his kingdom and must be back to take the throne but there’s a family relative who he has to get through. It’s been done before, but it’s interesting to see it happen now. Still, this sounds like it should have been released before Justice League.
Next, we have the visuals. The visuals for Atlantis and all the action that occurs looks to be really good. The colors are vibrant and there’s a lot to look at. Some visuals, however, are not as perfect as one could have imagined. There’s a scene where Arthur lifts up a submarine and it looks ridiculous as it sounds.
Aquaman has all the right ingredients to be a solid film. The visuals must come out ideal, the production and costume designs have been amazing to look at, the cast is star-studded, and the crew looks to have everything intact. The studio just needs to avoid the issues they faced in the past. The film should be edited properly, the storytelling needs to flow smoothly, and the visuals cannot look imperfect as the last films. The trailer made it look like a fun origin movie and now we just have to see how it turns out.