Arthur Curry must fight his half-brother for the throne of
Atlantis in order to prevent a war with the surface world.
Directed by James Wan
Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall
Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe,
Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren,
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison
Sequel to 2017's Justice League
Based on characters from DC Comics
The current state of the DCEU is in shambles. Despite a Justice League movie that I thought was fairly decent but performed abysmally at the box office, the future of DC's mega-franchise was up in the air. With 2019 looking like a step in the right direction with the upcoming Shazam! and a Joker origin movie, only one thing was for certain. Nobody had any faith in the Aquaman movie set for December. Seriously, nobody. It was abandoned by fans before release, and God knows DC and Warner Bros. had zero faith. Now, however, it looks like Aquaman may just be the spark that could relight DC's fire, as it is arguably the best film in the DCEU to date.
Aquaman is a beautiful cinematic adventure that does justice to every one of its characters. Jason Momoa shines as Aquaman, finally getting his chance to shine after playing third or fourth fiddle in Justice League. The standout, in my opinion, is Patrick Wilson as King Orm, the villainous Ocean Master. Wilson absolutely nailed the character, and delivered what is probably the best villain the DCEU has seen yet. The film doesn't shy from its more comic book themes, delving deep into the Aquaman stories to show us a proper Atlantis and the surrounding oceanic kingdoms. Visually, it's stunning, and the story is funny, thrilling, epic, and most importantly engaging.
James Wan has accomplished the impossible with Aquaman. He's set the DCEU back on track with a film that everybody had already considered a failure. Instead, it's DC's second critical and financial success behind Wonder Woman. Speaking as a DC fan, I enjoyed every second of this movie and am absolutely looking forward to a franchise. Getting to see Ocean Master and Black Manta on the big screen was a dream come true. If DC would just let their directors do their thing instead of trying to control every aspect of production, they would get more films like this one. I guarantee it.