After ogling the new pictures of director James Wan’s take on the DCEU’s Aquaman, fans might actually want to know what the movie’s about. Luckily, as part of Entertainment Weekly's same first-look feature, plot details that hadn’t yet been released beached themselves for our perusal.
In EW’s preview feature, the Jason Momoa-led film is said to drag the titular superhero underwater to resolve a conflict that is near and dear to the half-Atlantean’s heart: surface world versus ocean world. It doesn’t help things that his antagonistic half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) is in charge of Atlantis.
The pair square off after the barfly Aquaman is brought undersea by Mera (Amber Heard) because Orm “has his sights set on declaring war with the surface world.” That’s not good, even if it’s hard to imagine a shark-riding Atlantean doing much damage in, say, Kansas.
Though, they do look impressive:
That’s a lot of opposing forces facing off at the Council of Kings, named for the seven kings of the seven oceanic kingdoms. King Nereus of Xebel (Dolph Lundgren) is on a sea dragon, Orm is on a tylosaur (a scary Late Cretaceous reptile), and the Atlanteans ride great white sharks. That's a lot of CGI creatures for a scene that’s already going to be underwater.
They’re likely meeting about Orm’s plot to unite the seven kingdoms against the surface world that, quite frankly, treats the ocean like garbage. Wilson says Orm is “kind of an eco-warrior” that has “got a very clear gripe with the surface world, which has been polluting his oceans for centuries.”
And who knows how the mercenary Black Manta gets roped into all this? Possibly a plot to steal more Atlantean technology? We won’t know for sure until Aquaman comes out on Dec. 21.