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Trailer Teaser: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

The recently released teaser trailer for Aquaman 2 (Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom) has left me feeling somewhat disappointed, primarily due to what appears to be an excessive reliance on CGI effects. While my affection for the DC Universe remains unwavering, it’s disheartening to observe that they may be overlooking the essential human element in their superhero narratives. In comparison to other DC characters, Batman seems to be the only one who consistently resonates with the audience.

Upon viewing the Aquaman 2 (Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom) trailer, it’s evident that the creators have invested heavily in computer-generated imagery, possibly to create grandiose underwater scenes and breathtaking action sequences. While CGI can undoubtedly contribute to the visual spectacle of a film, it should ideally complement and enhance the narrative rather than overwhelm it. My hope is that the filmmakers have not sacrificed character development and compelling storytelling for the sake of visual extravagance.

One of the enduring strengths of the DC Universe has been its ability to delve into the complexities of its superheroes, exploring their flaws, moral dilemmas, and human struggles. Characters like Batman have thrived because they embody relatable human elements, such as vulnerability, trauma, and a commitment to justice. It’s essential for DC to maintain this depth across their superhero properties, ensuring that audiences can connect emotionally with the characters.

Aquaman, as a character, possesses a unique blend of regal lineage and a connection to both land and sea. His internal conflicts, cultural clashes, and responsibilities as a hero and monarch offer ample opportunities for rich storytelling. Therefore, it’s disheartening to see potential character depth overshadowed by an abundance of CGI.

While it’s too early to make a final judgment based solely on a trailer, I hope that Aquaman 2 manages to strike a balance between visual spectacle and the exploration of its characters’ humanity. The DC Universe has a vast array of compelling superheroes, each with unique stories to tell, and it would be a shame if they were to miss the chance to captivate audiences on a deeper level. Ultimately, I remain hopeful that Aquaman 2 can prove itself a worthy addition to the DC cinematic lineup by delivering a meaningful and human-centered superhero experience.

Director James Wan and Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa—along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman—return in the sequel to the highest-grossing DC film of all time: “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.”

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, now balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.

Directed by Wan, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is produced by Peter Safran, Wan and Rob Cowan. The executive producers are Galen Vaisman and Walter Hamada.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom arrives in theaters on December 20.