DC’s upcoming addition to their cinematic universe is perhaps their most risky. A wet and wild world of underwater magic, James Wan’s take on Aquaman needs to do Jason Momoa justice as the hero while fleshing out a fantastical world that somehow fits inside an already-established superhero universe. Think Black Panther, but much damper.
Now, thanks to EW, we’ve got a first look at how Wan will make Aquaman’s world feel exciting, unique, and totally bizarre thanks to a bevy of side characters ripped from the comics.
But first, let’s all appreciate a drenched Momoa:
Nice. Ok, let’s move on.
So we know that the film will track half-Atlantean, half-human Arthur Curry as he moves past his Justice League commitments to some completely underwater drama in Atlantis. That all comes from Curry’s half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson), who’s governing the undersea city and acts as the film’s main villain. But we’re not here for him. We’re here for Black Manta.
“He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,” Wan says of the comic baddie. And looking at the first picture of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays David Kane (changed from David Hyde, in the comics), you can really see what he means:
That’s some evil Ant-Man styling that could DEFINITELY shoot eye lasers. That the propwork is so comic-accurate should lead fans to rest easy on the film’s commitment to Aquaman’s spirit - though we still don’t know much of Manta’s role in the story.
The same goes for Amber Heard’s Princess Mera and Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna. All we know about them, which you can see on the cover below, is that they are fabulous. And a little scaly. But mostly fabulous:
Aquaman - along with all his friends and foes - hits land in theaters on December 21.