The first reactions for Aquaman have flooded in and the verdict is overwhelmingly positive with some critics going so far as to compare The King of the Seven Seas’ first solo outing to The Dark Knight.
Or at least they’re saying that it’s the best DC comicbook movie since The Dark Knight, which I’m sure we can all agree is pretty high praise when you consider the quality of some DCEU films.
Aquaman premiered in London’s Leicester Square last night and fans, critics, and every other lucky so and so in attendance, seems to have spent most of today banging on about how brilliant it is.
The general consensus is that the film is bigger and crazier than any DCEU movie before it and that director James Wan has created an amazing underwater world.
Plus we hear that Julie Andrews, yes the Julie Andrews of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music fame, plays a giant talking crab which may be bullsh*t but goddamn it, we want to believe!
Here’s a selection of the best reactions to Aquaman:
WB should be handing the DCEU reins to James Wan, he's proven he can, ahem, right the ship. pic.twitter.com/4hjxdmNLDf
— Tom Jorgensen (@Tom_Jorgensen) November 26, 2018
Aquaman is a lot of movie. So much movie, in fact, that I suspect it’s every movie ever made, but compressed into two hours and 23 minutes.
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) November 27, 2018
#Aquaman is Avatar meets Jupiter Ascending, with hints of The Lord Of The Rings, Indiana Jones and a triple AAA video game. There’s also an Octopus who plays the drums. I loved it. 🐙🥁
— Sam Clements (@sam_clements) November 26, 2018
#Aquaman is great. James Wan made a really unique super hero origin film, often crossing into fantasy-epic territory, but grounded in family and discovery.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) November 26, 2018
I’ll take some heat for this, but #Aquaman is the best Marvel movie that DC has made. That doesn’t mean it’s exactly like that formula, but it feels like a film that knows what it is, what it’s selling and who it’s selling to. There’s no identity crisis here.
— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) November 26, 2018
In fact, the only criticism I seem to see online about Aquaman is that it seems like a Marvel Phase One movie ( a similar criticism was made of Wonder Woman) which is a weird criticism when we consider how good the MCU’s first phase was.
That said, and I hate to pour cold water over this or pull the scales from anyone’s eyes, but I can’t see Aquaman being as good as The Dark Knight, because one’s a classic and the other’s about a man who talks to fish.
I can, however, see it being better than The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan’s worst film by a nautical mile) and maybe, just maybe, Wonder Woman, which I think’s a bit overrated.
Regardless of my thoughts it definitely sounds like Aquaman’s going to make a splash with fans but it might not be making any waves at the box office, unfortunately.
According to early predictions, which were reported by Screenrant, Aquaman’s tracking, in the US at least, for the lowest opening weekend in the history of the DCEU, roughly $40-60 million, a figure is well below Justice League’s $93.8 million debut.
Aquaman will see Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) set out on a brand new adventure to discover both his heritage and a special trident which will give whoever wields it, the power to control the Seven Seas.
Amber Heard will return as Hera, after a brief appearance in Justice League while Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II all join the cast.
Patrick Wilson will also star as Orm, Aquaman’s evil half-brother (why are so many half-brothers evil in fiction? Mine are lovely), who goes by the less than subtle codename, Ocean Master.
While the exact specifics of the plot aren’t known, the film’s believed to have adapted an awful lot of ideas from Geoff John’s most recent Aquaman run, including stories like The Trench and Throne of Atlantis
Aquaman is set for release here in the UK on December 14.
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