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– by Seth McDonald

**** POTENTIAL AQUAMAN SPOILERS ARE FLOATING AROUND BELOW****

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While most of the DC fandom is still trying to figure out how they feel about Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, next on the slate for DC is Aquaman. It’s fair to say that the trailers haven’t exactly wowed the audience, which is more or less par for the course as far as DC films go. That’s not to say I think the film is going to follow in the steps of most DC films, however, itNot long ago, the film’s director, James Wan, invited a handful of media folks to a sort of small screening. ComingSoon was one of the outlets invited to attend. Here is how Wan kicked things off.

James Wan:

“I’m actually gonna show you guys the opening prologue to the film, ’cause this is very important for me because this shows how Mom and Dad met. And why I think it’s important is because, I’m gonna show you guys that for me, the love story of Arthur and Mera is important, but the love story of mom and dad, and how they meet, and fall in love, is just as important, if not more important, because the emotion that we have with those two characters is sort of the emotional backbone for the whole film.”

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ComingSoon:

“The narration feels reminiscent of the storytelling method in The Princess Bride–a film that has action, adventure and is rooted in the romance. We see the storm that led to Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) being found by Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison) and how their love grew from being curious about one another. Seeing Nicole play a fierce sea Queen who tries to figure out the human world was delightful, even when she tries to eat Thomas’ fish and he jokingly reacts by asking her to not eat his cat. The playful chemistry between her and Morrison is immediately endearing. It’s so pure.”

Wan:

“My whole movie is sort of built around how Arthur feels. And I know we live in a much more cynical world today, but I still think we can bring a lot of that back and deep down I’m such a romantic and I love that just the very sort of sweet, romantic nature of how Mom and Dad both people are from such different worlds, but it didn’t matter.  Like the love for each other bring them together and through that, through their love you get Arthur Curry, you get Aquaman, right?  I wanted a superhero very much shaped by the love that Mom and Dad had.  And it’s also what kind of makes him a bit bitter, because what happened to them.”
ComingSoon:
“The backstory sets up how the Arthur we have come to know comes from how he coped with the loss of his mother and not fitting in. Wan’s investment in the character shines in his enthusiasm to bring the story of a kid who looks like he comes from two worlds and how that affects how they navigate through the world around them.”
Wan is brave to take on a superhero that has been the butt of many fish jokes for some time now, but with what Momoa has contributed to the character, I hope their combined efforts can give us a really fantastic Aquaman film. I  think Wan is a fantastic director, he may seem to be out of his element on this one, but his explanations coupled with the descriptions, have alleviated some of my concerns about the film. It’s a superhero movie, and with me being a fan of Momoa, I am likely to be there opening night.

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Source: ComingSoon