The Aquaman Trailer Has Dropped and It Is Surprising
I’ll be the first to admit that I am neither a fan of Jason Momoa or the roles he portrays. Each time I watch Jason Momoa act out a character on screen it is always, Jason Momoa playing Jason Momoa playing whichever character it is.
I mean a person can only take so many “Oh yeah’s, Alright’s, and Right on’s” before they ask themselves why they are watching him act again. Don’t get me wrong, his role as Khal Drogo was spot on. However, each role that he’s appeared in after is just a toned down or up version of that character.
Justice League didn’t change this. Jason Momoa in Justice League was exactly that with a bit of macho and meat head on top. After I watched it I immediately wrote him off as a legitimate actor capable of carrying a comic book movie. I still feel this way although after watching the Aquaman trailer, I’m excited.
And here’s why
With so much knowledge at our fingertips, it has become near impossible to surprise anyone. In today’s world, it’s impossible to show someone something that they haven’t seen before. We literally have access to the world like never before.
But Atlantis isn’t of this world.
Atlantis has been debated for years. The most interesting part of the debate is that nobody knows what it looks like. We have not developed the technology nor the wherewithal to dive deep enough to know what’s actually going on in the Ocean. Atlantis shows more color and dynamic contrasts than a rainbow after the rain. And that’s where Aquaman shines.
But the movie is more than that
For one the movie is breathtaking. From the depiction of the aforementioned Atlantis to the treatment of Arthur Curry’s youth and Orm, the movie looks like it deserves some attention. Look, Aquaman has long been the butt of jokes because he can talk to fish. If talking to fish means commanding an army of the most fierce creatures in existence, I’d love to talk to fish.
By far, one of the stranger looking characters in comics, I thought DC might have gaffed when bringing him to life. I was wrong. Oh, was I wrong. Black Manta, aside from Atlantis may be the best-looking thing in the trailer.
And that’s a good thing. Black Manta is one of the most menacing and cold characters in DC. To see him not only come to life but to be a standout in the trailer is proof that DC is righting their ship.
Third, the over the top battle scene between Aquaman, Orm, the seahorses, and the land dwellers looks amazing. I don’t want to elevate what it may be too much, however, I can’t help but draw comparisons to the first time I saw Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, and Civil War.
Yes, I know that big budget battle scenes are a dime a dozen and this one may prove to be just one of those dimes. But something tells me that it isn’t. Something tells me that we are going to experience something very special.
And that’s a great thing
Long has the question been asked about the legitimacy of the character and whether or not he would adapt well to the big screen. While I still have a hard time acknowledging the acting abilities of Jason Momoa, I find myself pleasantly surprised by what I’ve seen. If the Aquaman trailer is any indication, DC looks to be on the right track.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Aquaman will be as good as it looks? Will the Aquaman trailer be better than the movie?