Warner Bros. and DC on Monday released the first poster for their upcoming superhero flick Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa. It’s got everything you’d expect from an underwater superhero movie — and precisely nothing more.
The first poster for Aquaman sees DC’s best swimmer perched atop a piece of coral and flanked by dozens of fierce underwater predators (and a turtle). In the background is a glimpse of Aquaman’s underwater home, a series of discs seemingly built into an underwater ravine. To convey DC’s newfound sense of levity, a blinding white light has also been placed right about Momoa’s head. Combined with Momoa’s smirk, the effect is almost family friendly.
In short, it doesn’t jive with the hard-drinking, anti-establishment Aquaman seen in last December’s Justice League. Far be it for me to come down on the DCEU for finally learning to tell a joke, but Aquaman just might be the one hero in the franchise who works as a darker protagonist. Momoa’s grim bearing and wry delivery are tailor-made for an action film with DC’s sensibilities.
All that griping aside, it IS just one poster, and Aquaman already has a lot going for it. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman was a highlight of Justice League. The fact that Patrick Wilson, Randall Park, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and Dolph Lundgren are turning up in background roles is no small matter, either.
More to the point, the man in charge of delivering DC’s only movie this year, Furious 7 helmer James Wan, has proven time and again that he knows what he’s doing. If there’s anyone who can help DC out of its doldrums, it’s Wan.
We’ll find out for sure when Aquaman hits theaters on December 21.