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In the Final Aquaman Trailer, Atlantis Is Holding Out for a Hero

He’s gotta be sure, and it’s gotta be soon, and he absolutely needs to be larger than life.
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In our latest and apparently final new look at Aquaman before it washes over us next month, the war for Atlantis’ destiny really kicks off—so it’s a good thing Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) has been preparing for it his whole life.

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This latest trailer is mostly about giving context to things we’ve seen before. It’s pretty much all about Arthur’s destiny, inherited from his mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman, who also briefly gets to kick some ass in this trailer), preparing him to be not just the king, but the hero Atlantis needs to save it from itself. Or more specifically Arthur’s brother, the war-mongering Orm (Patrick Wilson).

It also, surprisingly, mostly adds that context with a ton of new little snippets of footage, giving us some really grandiose moments of scale in around a few quieter character bits—including a bunch of moments with Willem Dafoe’s Vulko, who’s been pretty absent from much of the trailers so far. There’s also lots of cool underwater action, whether it’s Arthur honing his Atlantean abilities or the all-out-war that breaks out by the film’s end (complete with a Giant Enemy Crab for good measure!). If you weren’t excited by what you’ve seen of Aquaman before, this trailer really goes for selling the epic underwater fantasy aspect of it in a really interesting way.

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Hopefully the film can back that up—we’ll find out soon enough, when Aquaman swims into theaters December 21 (or a week earlier, if you’ve got Amazon Prime, apparently).

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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DISCUSSION

I’m conflicted about this film. I’m probably one of the few people on the internet who appreciated Man from Atlantis (which also featured a good scene of their Aquaman/Sub-Mariner stand in racing a dolphin) and I definitely support the tone and objectives of this film. But the special effects, at least those seen in the trailer, seem immersion breaking (pun intended) to me.

I get it, I really do, which is why I’m conflicted about it. This movie isn’t supposed to be believable of course, but at least it should be tethered to some sort of reality where some residue of physics is recognizable. My gripe comes down to the fact that the water is too clear and too bright, and yeah, I realize that if they were going to tell this story they have to do this. They have to show the audience what a submerged city would look like, even though such a scene is completely impossible.

But in situations like this I question why bother with something so fantastical? They may as well have had the setting be in space and it would be no less believable.

Anyway, I’m torn.  Bravo for trying on the one hand but did they try something that is just not possible to translate onto film in this way?