TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - November 2, 2018
If you keep forgetting that there's a major DC comic book movie still coming out this year, I don't blame you. Aquaman feels like an afterthought of a movie, a remnant of a DC film universe from which the company itself has more or less moved on.
Nevertheless, the film is coming and this new TV spot has plenty of new footage and dialogue from Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry, Amber Heard's Mera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Black Manta, and Patrick Wilson's Orm, the Ocean Master. I figure we're all gonna see this movie, because it's an Aquaman movie, but is anyone truly excited for it? Are there kids out there that are like, "Finally! Aquaman gets his due!"?
Those people must exist, but I doubt they're children. There's nothing about Aquaman that's cool or appealing to children, other than that he can talk to fish, maybe. He's a character that DC contrarians love, and people desperate to diverge from the status quo like the character in a purely ironic way.
The closest this character has come to palatable was in Geoff Johns' run during the launch of the New 52, where they leaned into the character's more ridiculous elements. This flick doesn't seem to be doing that, though. It feels like a movie for fans of a character that simply do not exist.
Aquaman swims into theaters on December 21.