Warner Bros. has just released the final Aquaman trailer ahead of next month’s long-awaited descent to the depths of Atlantis, and unlike previous peeks, the new clip ventures far from Jason Momoa’s killer dudebro quips to show a more reflective look into Arthur Curry’s past.
Young Arthur learns of his destiny in the cutest of ways, with a teddy bear and a dinner fork serving as stand-in instructional props to help him understand why he’s been chosen to one day wield the trident. Scenes from Arthur’s training under Nuidis Vulko (Willem Dafoe) intercut with the present day, as Arthur summons everything he’s learned, along with an emotional wellspring of family heritage, to shoulder his new burden of kingship.
Dafoe gets lots of new screen time in the new trailer, while Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna flashes past, kicking ass in the most action-heavy scenes we’ve yet seen from the mother of Arthur and Orm, Aquaman’s malevolent antagonist of a brother played by Patrick Wilson.
The expanded look at director James Wan’s take on the DC super sea-hero’s story comes on the heels of news of a promotion that allows Amazon Prime customers to buy tickets that’ll surf them into theaters a week early for an advance Aquaman screening.
As for everyone else, the movie’s still closer than ever to coming in with the tide. The advance showing washes ashore in more than 1,000 theaters on Dec. 16., followed by Aquaman’s arrival everywhere beginning Dec. 21.