Aquaman: Breaking Down the Trailer
Written by: Coty J. Spalding
Am I the only one who wonders why everyone’s always thought Aquaman is lame? Like over 70% of the planet is covered in water. Aquaman is king of the ocean, therefore he rules 70% of this planet. That’s power people like Putin, Trump, and Xi Jinping can only dream of. But people always go, “Well if he’s fighting inland he’s useless! There’s no fish to call upon!” And it’s just like, why do you assume he’s fighting inland? It’s a rule of life, always play to your strengths. And why is controlling fish lame? You gonna think he’s lame when he calls on a colossal squid on your ass? I don’t think so.
Anyhow, let’s talk about the trailer. We start with some narration from Arthur Curry talking about his origin. His dad was just some lighthouse keeper, named Thomas, and his mom was a woman named Atlanna, the freaking queen of Atlantis, and they raised him to be a complete badass who sneaks on board military submarines and kicks ass. But all is not well in the land under the sea, the new king of Atlantis, and Arthur’s half-brother, Orm, has declared war on the surface world.
This doesn’t fly with Mera, an old loyalist of Queen Atlanna, who seeks peace with the surface world, possibly even to align with them. She seeks out Arthur, who she’d previously met during the events of Justice League. She tells him what Orm plans to do but Arthur is reluctant at first, seeing as how he doesn’t see himself as a leader and doesn’t even feel like he belongs in Atlantis. Orm proceeds to make the incredible mistake of targeting Arthur and Thomas, which prompts Arthur to decide to go down below to whoop Orm’s ass.
We get some character moments, some action beats, some kick ass underwater visuals that make Wakanda and Asgard look like Berlin circa 1944, and some really awesome character designs for Orm and Black Manta. The dialogue sounds a little awkward to me, but maybe they’ll sound better in the proper context and not as random buzz phrases to get asses in seats. This trailer didn’t wow me, but it definitely piqued my interest. I look forward to more.