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8 things you need to know about Aquaman before the trailer drops

Yeah, it's time to look beyond Jason Momoa

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 19 July 2018, 3:10 PM
The Aquaman trailer drops this Saturday

The Aquaman trailer drops this Saturday Image: Twitter

DC is looking to make a splash this winter, and we gotta say we're nervous. It tried to do the same last year with Justice League, and we never really recovered.

This year, they are literally going for splishy-splashy action as they bring you the much, much-anticipated solo outing based on the half-Atlantean half-human ruler of the undersea nation of Atlantis, Aquaman.

Jason Momoa is back as the Dothraki-esque underwater demi-god — but he looks exactly how he has always looked on and off-screen. Give or take the Trident of Neptune (or rather the quindent, as it's being shown in the movie). 

The film also stars Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Patrick Wilson, and is directed by James Wan, who has previously filmed The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Insidious, and the cult horror film Saw. So, expect DC to get a whole lot spookier. Also, maybe Annabelle pops up somewhere, we don't know.

The trailer to the movie drops this Saturday at the San Diego Comic Con 2018, and here's all you need to know about it.

The timeline

The film is a standalone one set right after the events of Justice League. JL had Aquaman aka Arthur Curry coming face to face with Mera in a frosty interaction. Curry was disgruntled with his mother, Queen Atlanna, as he believes she abandoned him. The role of Atlanna is played by Kidman.

The film will feature a few flashbacks to establish Aquaman's past, his anger towards his mother, and why the Atlanteans won’t allow Atlanna to stay on land, and what she did to protect him.

What's it about?

The film just dropped its first post which features Aquaman swimming with sharks. Aquaman has Curry as a reluctant ruler of Atlantis, who is caught in a battle between his people and surface dwellers. He will have a face-off with his brother Orm (Wilson), who was raised to be king of Atlantis and is naturally resentful about losing his place.

Aquaman has the ability to manipulate tides, can communicate with marine life and, of course, has superhuman strength. Typical demi-god stuff. Kind of like an underwater Thor.

What is it based on?

The film is based on the comic book series, written by Mort Weisinger and illustrated by Paul Norris. Aquaman first appeared in a 1941 issue of More Fun Comics #73. The 1960s animated Aquaman series was a huge hit. Aquaman was also among the seven original founding members of the Justice League.

DC's 52

Producer Peter Safran revealed the film will be swearing by the DC's 2011 comic The New 52, which was the revamp of the DC Comics, although it won't be a direct adaptation.

"The new 52 version of Aquaman was definitely our touchstone and our starting point. And even though the film is not a direct adaptation of that, that was certainly the…in terms of his origin, who he is, that Tom Curry is his father and Atlanna is his mother, who Orm is, etc. That all comes from the new 52. And, there are certainly creature elements from it, like the Trench. So, that was our biggest influence," he told CBR.

Not as dark as DC?

You'd think the film is about to get a super dark treatment, given Wan's horror repertoire, but Wan has revealed Aquaman won't follow the gloomy tones of Justice League.

"It won't be very dark...It is at the bottom of the ocean, so I'll use a lot of light!" the director told Entertainment Weekly. Wan needed the film to be a departure from what DC has already done. According to a Collider report, he envisioned Aquaman as a Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone-like movie featuring great characters and viable elements of comedy.

Unite The Seven

We finally know what Unite The Seven Means. In 2015, when the first look of Momoa as Aquaman was released for Justice League, the poster came with the caption Unite The Seven.

People naturally assumed it referred to the seven founding members of the Justice League, but according to reports, it referred to seven different kingdoms of the Atlantis. 

5,000 years ago, Atlantis fell apart and became seven different kingdoms, namely, Trench, Brine, Xebellian, the Fisherman kingdom, the Atlanteans, and a missing, unnamed kingdom. The king of Atlantis probably would need to Unite the seven kingdoms to reign as their ultimate ruler.

Mera, the warrior — not Aquawoman

The character of Mera has been one of the major DC favourites, and there has been a lot of speculation around her. The fandom was especially concerned if Mera would indeed be projected as a warrior.

"Mera’s her own woman. She’s her own superhero. She’s not Aquawoman. She’s Mera. Part of what got me, you know…when I first talked to Zack (Snyder) on the phone about the prospect of doing this film, he said, ‘She’s a warrior queen.’ Basically, you get a sword and a crown. And I was like, ‘OK, you know how to pitch to your audience," Heard told Collider.

Is Aquaman bullet-proof?

Wan made sure DC wasn't just making another Superman and revealed Atlantians' bodies are built to withstand the pressure of living deep underwater. So, the science is sound.

But bullets do bounce off Aquaman. Wan said, "Bullets can maybe break their skin and break their flesh, but it doesn’t necessarily penetrate ’cause their muscle mass and their body mass is much more dense."

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