I’ve been a fan of the DC characters all my life. I’m one of those who grew up with Donner’s Superman and Super Friends every Saturday morning. The four issues of Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns were some of the first real comics I ever bought when they originally were released. And in the 90s I read both Superman and Batman very heavily. So of course I was a big fan of the DCEU…but then Justice League happened.
Oh, not the quality of the movie. In fact I re-watched both it and Thor: Ragnarok this week and I still genuinely like the DC movie more than the third Thor film.
What happened was the toxicity of the fanbase soured me on all things DC for the last three months or so. I got death threats for daring to tell people that the run time of Justice League was only two hours (which, after watching it last night again, is something I like about it). And then the whole craziness over the mythical “Snyder Cut” began.
I wasn’t looking forward to Justice League coming out on home video. I stopped reading DC comics each week. The nastiness and toxicity of the fans over a movie just poisoned DC to me for a while.
But then Warner did a test screening of an unfinished version of Aquaman, and the positive reaction coming out from that by people I trust turned things around for me. It made me hopeful that the post-Snyder era of DC movies will gradually silence the more toxic parts of the fan base and DC comics and movies will be enjoyable again.
I’ve picked up the DC issues I missed over the last couple months and am going to get caught up over the weekend and eagerly await the historic release of Action 1000 in April and then Bendis taking over Superman in May. Then we just have about ten more months until Wan’s Aquaman hits theaters…
By now most people on the internet are aware that there was an Aquaman test screening yesterday as many other sites are posting how people found it to be pretty good and surprisingly emotional.
I did not attend this test screening, but a source I trust did and I’ve spent the last twelve hours or so picking their brain about the movie. While I could spoil the whole thing, I wouldn’t do that. It’s ten months away and James Wan deserves this movie to make Black Panther money, it’s that cool. So I wouldn’t spoil it like that to step on his toes.
But I will share with you some non-spoiler impressions I’ve heard and a very generic idea of what it’s about.
When DC Comics relaunched their line in 2011 with the New 52 one of the most memorable runs during that time was Geoff Johns’ Aquaman. It made Arthur a badass, and introduced cool villains such as The Trench and the Throne of Atlantis story line. December’s Aquaman movie is heavily inspired by Johns’ New 52 and contains elements from the Trench and Throne of Atlantis. So if you are familiar with the Throne of Atlantis story, you will have a good idea of what the plot is about.
So that’s basically what Aquaman is. Arthur and Mera must stop his half brother from doing something terrible and they go on a cool Indiana Jones style quest to get what they need (and it’s steeped in the ancient history of Atlantis). DC knows there are a lot of Mera fans, and she’s in the movie a lot almost always at Arthur’s side. Black Manta does appear and his costume and origin are comic-accurate, and some of the leaked stuff recently showing a familiar costume for Arthur was accurate as well. Orm was described to me as similar in motivation and methods to Loki in the MCU movies, which is a great sign as Loki is one of Marvel’s stronger villains in their films.
Behind it all is a very sweet and emotional love story between Arthur’s parents Atlanna and Thomas Curry. James Wan knows how to make fanboys cry, as seen in Furious 7 and the Paul Walker ending, and if they keep Aquaman structured the way it was in this screening people will be very happy with it and want to see more adventures of Arthur Curry. It seems like it’s much more similar in structure and tone to Wonder Woman than Justice League.
The next ten months are going to be hard to sit through as it sounds like James Wan has built on the awesome Aquaman foundation Geoff Johns did with the New 52 to make a movie that’ll finally shut up all those internet memes about the King of Atlantis.
One of Aquaman’s major villains has been confirmed for the upcoming film, as Arthur’s evil half-brother Orm has been cast.
Deadline confirms the long rumor of Ocean Master appearing in the movie with the news that Watchmen’s Patrick Wilson has been cast as Orm.
Ocean Master won’t be the only villain appearing in the movie, and it’s entirely possible Orm won’t take on the mantle in the first film just yet as Black Manta has previously been revealed as the main antagonist.
There’s been a lot of Marvel movie news lately, but now DC is striking back by officially announcing that James Wan will direct Aquaman.
Warner just made the announcement official, and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures had this to say:
“We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,’ and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate. The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”
The script of the movie is by 300 writer Kurt Johnstad, so that may give a hint as to the epic direction they are taking the King of Atlantis in his big screen outing.
It may not be James Cameron, but Furious 7 was an awesome movie so I think they made a good choice. Aquaman is still due for release in 2018.
Early this morning, Zack Snyder Tweeted the first official image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman. The text “Unite the Seven” is obviously referring to the Justice League. Could this be the first reveal of what is leading up to a trailer release for Batman V Superman?
Even though it’s not due out until 2018 there are already rumors as to who may be the villain in the standalone Aquaman movie. While Jason Momoa will make an appearance in Batman V Superman and both Justice League movies, the King of Atlantis will get his own solo adventure and now it’s time to start speculating who the villain will be.
According to Latino Review, the filmmakers really wants Karl Urban as the villain. So much so that they’re willing to wait for him to finish work on Star Trek 3.
The question is what villain he’ll play. Obviously the biggest possibility is Arthur’s half-brother Orm, aka Ocean Master. Some have suggest Black Manta, but unless they’re changing his race that wouldn’t make sense. Orm on the other hand would be a good fit for Karl Urban (watch Chronicles of Riddick) and he’s been a big part of the New 52 Aquaman comics thus far.
Of course, 2018 is so far away all of this is subject to change and again is just a rumor.
This morning Warner Brothers revealed the full DC Cinematic Universe movie line-up, and as part of that they confirmed the Aquaman movie everyone knew was comingfor a while. As the New 52 has been a huge influence in the DC movies so far, such as the Superman costume and Wonder Woman’s origin, could that reboot influence the story of the Aquaman movie?
According to an Aquaman fan site Twitter account, they’ve heard it will feature The Trench:
The Trench was the subject of the initial Geoff Johns New 52 Aquaman storyline where an army of very vicious creatures began pouring out of “The Trench”. It’s the perfect type of story to do on the big screen for Aquaman, and it’s not one that would require a lot of modification to bring to the screen (unlike Marvel’s Civil War). Hopefully this is true.
When it was revealed that Marvel would have Iron Man facing off against Cap in the third Captain America movie, everyone was cracking jokes about how Warner Brothers was in a panic over that movie’s ability to “kill” Batman V Superman. Well, today Warner responded in a huge way by revealing the entire DC Cinematic Universe line up through 2020. There are some big surprises here, so lets just look at the list that Warner revealed via their press release:
- “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
- “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- “Shazam” (2019)
- “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- “Green Lantern” (2020)
First off, there’s your Wonder Woman movie. That’s a massive “throwing down the gauntlet” to Marvel, who has been facing pressure to have a female-led superhero movie. Unless the second 2016 Marvel movie is something like Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, or Black Widow it looks like DC is beating them to that.
A two-part Justice League movie over two years? Where to I buy my tickets?
The Flash starring Ezra Miller is final confirmation that the DC Cinematic Universe won’t connect in any way to the Arrow-verse or the TV stuff at all. There were rumors that it could, but it looks like they’ve decided to keep things separate, unlike Marvel. For fans of the awesome Arrow-verse shows, this could be good news as they won’t be compromised for movie continuity.
Then of course there’s Aquaman (finally!), Cyborg, Shazam, and the big surprise…a new Green Lantern. As that one is 2020 it’s still a long ways away from being cast, but once we see who ends up in the role we’ll have a better idea what Green Lantern they’re using this time.
I loved Man of Steel. I think it’s one of the best comic book movies ever made, so I’m so hyped for this line-up. Even Marvel Civil War can’t dampen my excitement for this!
Warner has been saying we’ll know some of the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe movies soon, and now it looks like an announcement may be imminent. Warner has registered four new domains for DC superhero movies, and while they’re not surprising based on recent rumors, the fact that they secured these domains means things may be moving forward on some kind of announcement.
Tech Times found that Warner has registered domains for movies based on Justice League, Shazam, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Right now all four just redirect to the main Warner Brothers site.
While studios will sometimes register these domains to prevent squatters from grabbing them, based on the rumors that we’ll be hearing some title announcements that doesn’t appear to be the case with these.
Less than a week after Zack Snyder defended Aquaman live on the radio, news has emerged that Warner Brothers is planning an Aquaman movie separate from his appearances in Batman V Superman and Justice League.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Warner has hired “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beal and “300: Rise of the Empire” writer Kurt Johnstad to pen two separate Aquaman scripts. Warner will select the best of the two as the basis for a live action outing for the King of Atlantis, who Jason Momoa will play in Batman V Superman and Justice League.
It’s not known yet which release date Aquaman will be slotted in, but there are many to choose from.