WATCH: “Aquaman” trailer whirls new adventures ashore

“Aquaman” trailer: James Wan brings life back to the DCEU

The first official trailer for James Wan’s much-sought Aquaman movie has bubbled up at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, much to the delight of fans who have been cautiously awaiting the release.

The trailer in itself offers up a surge of new bits of the new DC superhero flick, and the reaction has been mostly positive, and can only be surmised—visually—through this GIF.

 WATCH: “Aquaman” trailer whirls new adventures ashoreThere’s plenty to unpack here. At the forefront of the film’s villains, of which there are plenty, is Orm the Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), half-brother to oneliner-spewing ocean bro Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), otherwise known as the titular superhero. Much of Wan’s film looks centered around the war Orm wages against Surface-folk, but the trailer seems to position an even bigger baddie in the form of comic book-accurate Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). There’s also The Trench, a swarm of eerie-looking crustaceans that would fit the bill of Wan’s previous horror efforts.

With all that said, the film has a post-DC spirit in that it feels less like a bleak superhero drama than a proper blockbuster romp, complete with laser gun-wielding megalodons and architecturally stunning underwater multiplexes. In Wan’s world, too, great white sharks are allowed in ocean parks to serve up a head-scratching but most awesome scene.

Watch the trailer below.

Aquaman also stars Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and more. It opens across Philippine theaters—our sources confirm—a week earlier than the U.S. on December 13th.

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