A New Aquaman Clip Teases What Might Be DC's Most Badass Cinematic Fight Yet

Aquaman and Ocean Master trying their damnedest to murder one another.
Image: Warner Bros.

There was no way that Warner Bros. could have gotten away with making an Aquaman film that didn’t highlight the sheer power of the world’s oceans and the many creatures that dwell in its depths. But the latest clip also emphasizes that the Atlanteans themselves are portrayed as being just as badass as the movie’s larger-than-life sea monsters.


As downright cheesy as a line like “I hold my father’s [quindent], and it has never known defeats” reads in print, you can’t help but think to yourself that Patrick Wilson’s Orm means exactly what he said as he’s charging to stab the hell out of Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry in their undersea duel. The setting of the fight is impressive enough, but what really sells the sequence is how the actors’ choreography is accented by the movie’s interesting physics used for scenes that take place underwater.

The fight looks like the most metal synchronized swimming performance you’ve ever seen—and it’s exactly the kind of ridiculousness that Aquaman needs to stand out in a sea of superhero films when it hits theaters on December 21.

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io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.


Good action sequences in films are a real art. Michael Bay and filmmakers like him really mucked it up with poor editing. There’s lots of things wrong with Bay’s movies, from the terrible scripts/dialogue on up, but even his action sequences are terrible at setting up geography and stakes.

If you go back to classic Spielberg movies like Raiders, the action sequences aren’t chopped up into a million pieces. He’s really good at setting up space, geography, stakes.

CGI makes it easy to create sequences like this Aquaman fight, where the camera and actors make some moves and choreography that would be nearly impossible to carry out for real — with longer shots that definitely help to maintain a sense of space/geography throughout the sequence. Though, IMHO, it also makes it feel more like a videogame sequence.  (Which is a testament to how good videogames look these days.)