Despite DC's vast comics literature, Warner Bros has only been moderately successful in making heads turn with their extended superhero universe. One of the reasons being the problem the studio has faced while introducing new characters, establishing their backstory and presenting them as the worthy subject of a full-length feature film.
Addressing all these complaints, however, is the latest 'Aquaman' trailer that not only offered a detailed overview of the DC hero's backstory but also set the stage for a massive underwater showdown. Clocking in at a little over 5 minutes, the extended clip, uncharacteristically, began with a glimpse of the young superhero-to-be and his childhood.
As comic loyalists would already know, Arthur Curry is of royal origin. He is the son of Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and an ordinary lighthouse keeper, Thomas Curry. Born out of love, the real impact of the existence of this "son of the land and a son of the seas", however, is not felt until later in the clip when he joins forces with Mera (Amber Heard) to unearth million-year-old secrets in the middle of nowhere.
This begins the journey of Arthur aka the future Aquaman as he fights through self-doubt and humungous wars to take the rightful place as the King of Atlantis.
Other than recalling the Aquaman mythology, the latest DC trailer treats fans to some exquisite scenes of the underwater and also of the exotic locations the film was shot at. It's all full of the blues and the greens until the scene shifts to the catastrophic end, where the Atlantean king must lock horns with his opponents - King Orm of Atlantis and Black Manta - to reunite the underwater kingdoms and assume his real position as the hero that his people need and deserve.
From the looks of the trailer, it seems like the DC superhero - the one that comic book fans have been demanding and waiting for the longest time - is finally here.
As per the official synopsis, 'Aquaman' is an "action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas" starring Jason Momoa in the title role.
"The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king."
Directed by James Wan and also starring Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, and Dolph Lundgren, 'Aquaman' swims into the theaters on December 21.