This afternoon, lucky Hall H attendees at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 were able to see the first trailer for Aquaman, as well as some additional footage. For those of us not able to be there, this trailer gives us more than enough to digest and look forward to from the film release this winter.
The trailer starts by giving us Arthur Curry’s origins, born to a lighthouse keeper and sea queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), then dives in headfirst to what will likely be the main story of the film. Mera (Amber Heard) seeks out Arthur (Jason Momoa) telling him that his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) is about to declare war on the surface world, and that he needs to take his rightful place in Atlantis.
Aquaman is reluctant to do so, thinking he has no place in the underwater world, but she tells him, “You think you’re unworthy to lead because you’re of two different worlds, but that is exactly why you are worthy.”
“The one thing I really want to clarify is, because a lot of people talk about Black Manta, but my main antagonist is Patrick Wilson‘s King Orm,” Wan said. “I felt that I needed this to be a personal story, and a personal story for Arthur is his relationship with his half brother… Arthur has a personal thing with Black Manta, and maybe that’s something we can explore down the line, if we’re lucky enough. Black Manta is tied into the main narrative of this movie, but it’s really King Orm that Aquaman goes up against.”
From this trailer, the movie certainly looks like it will be quite the ride. There seems to be lot of world-building for Atlantis, and the visuals are absolutely stunning. It looks like Aquaman will not shy away from humor, much like his character did not in Justice League.
Some of the additional footage shown to the Hall H crowd included a better look at Arthur and Mera discovering Atlantis, a look at Black Manta, and a moment (possibly a flashback) where Kidman’s Atlanna fights with a trident. While this was limited to the room, the trailer gave us plenty to theorize about for quite some time.
Aquaman hits theaters December 21.
Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC)