Although the Aquaman movie isn’t set to hit theaters until December, this week’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas treated attendees to a very, very early “work in progress”-style sizzle reel for the upcoming James Wan film. And judging from their reactions, it seems that we all might have a lot to be excited about. Lucky fans who were there got to see the first ever footage of Aquman’s undersea kingdom of Atlantis, his nemeses Black Manta and Ocean Master, as well as his wife-to-be Mera, played by Amber Heard. Although Mera had a small part in Justice League, it looks like she will have a far more substantial role this time around, as expected.
Though last year’s Justice League didn’t fare well with audiences, many came away having been impressed by Jason Momoa’s take on King Arthur of Atlantis. His version on the classic DC Comics character was a kind of mix of a surfer bro-dude with writer Peter David’s version of the undersea hero from the ’90s, with a little bit of Geoff Johns’ New 52 incarnation tossed in there. Plus, Momoa stole almost all of the scenes that he was in. Because of this, we are genuinely excited for director James Wan’s upcoming solo movie for the Atlantean king, and are hoping this film follows in the footsteps of Wonder Woman and becomes a delightful surprise for the fans.
You can check out some of the reactions to the CinemaCon footage from those lucky attendees down below:
.@creepypuppet just showed some awesome looking footage from ‘Aquaman’ including a few shots of Black Manta and a tease of massive action. Some of the footage was close to final and some very very rough. Most important thing is it looks like a kick-ass Aquaman movie. pic.twitter.com/quYGaoqMel
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 24, 2018
— Lauren Cox (@Iaurencox) April 24, 2018
Holy shit, AQUAMAN looks *epic* in scale. Exponentially bigger than anything Wan’s done to date. And it looks fucking awesome: huge underwater skylines, dudes riding giant armored seahorses, Black Manta looks straight outta the comics. I’m super impressed.
— Scott Wampler™ @ CinemaCon (@ScottWamplerBMD) April 24, 2018
Just screened a work in progress trailer for Aquaman and it looks way beyond the scope of anything DC has done yet. Blade Runner underwater with more superhero action .
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 24, 2018
— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) April 24, 2018
Warner Bros. just showed the first Aquaman trailer: looks epic.
Patrick Wilson looks great at Ocean Master. There’s a massive war with men riding sharks fighting a foot army. And Black Manta looks brilliant. The Black Manta we deserve is coming! #CinemaCon
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 24, 2018
A “work-in-progress” AQUAMAN trailer includes giant sea horses versus giant sharks, Willem Dafoe, and some very temporary VFX. I can’t imagine this will go online anytime soon. Audience loved it. #CinemaCon
— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) April 24, 2018
James Wan still deep in the editing process of AQUAMAN, but shows a work-in-progress trailer. Epic in scale much like WONDER WOMAN. Atlantis will astound. Black Mantis. This is DC’s next big hit…and will make everyone forget about JUSTICE LEAGUE. #CInemaCon
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) April 24, 2018
Okay, just saw a rough teaser trailer for #Aquaman and it looks really great, even with unfinished effects. Things seen: Orm, Vulko, gold TRIdent, Black Manta, Atlantis and various underwater races. Looks absolutely epic #CinemaCon
— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) April 24, 2018
Do these reactions have you as psyched for Aquaman as we are? Be sure to leave us your thoughts down below in the comments.
Images: Warner Bros
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