It turns out that THE TRENCH was misdirection; they were going to do a Black Manta movie instead. Now that it’s fallen through, too, director James Wan sees no reason not to admit it. Personally, I’m with GeekTyrant: I’d rather have had the Lovecraftian sea monster superhero flick.
Nothing against Yahya Abdul-Mateen, mind you. He’ll be a great villain for the second Aquaman film. But I wanted Cthulhu and Deep Ones in the DC, dagnabbit. I do not think that this is an unreasonable thing to want.
They were just GIVING Aquaman out for ten bucks at the Target. TEN BUCKS. And this was the Blu-Ray plus digital version, too! What was I supposed to do, just walk on past and go get the orange juice that I was there for? I’m not STUPID.
They did remarkably little in the way of analysis of Aquaman.
They mostly went with “Do you see this? Do you SEE this?,” on the grounds that since the movie started with full-out gonzo and stayed there there’s not much more to say. And, indeed, there is not: except that this movie was awesomely fun. You should watch it.
Slightly, because normally this would have been green-lighted the moment Warner Bros started having difficulty hearing people because of all that MONEY.
Almost two months after opening its billion dollar hit Aquaman,Warner Bros. is starting to put the pieces together for a sequel. The studio has tapped David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first movie, to begin penning a new installment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. James Wan, who helmed the first movie and worked with Johnson-McGoldrick on The Conjuring 2, is making a deal to return as producer, as is Peter Safran. It is unclear at this stage whether Wan would return as director.
Warners has hired newbie scribes Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to pen a horror-tinged script centered on the Trench, the deadly amphibious creatures seen attacking the hero and his love, Mera, in Aquaman.
Wan and Peter Safran will produce the project, titled The Trench, which would be much more modestly budgeted than the normal DC superhero tentpole.
I have to give the reviewer here credit for recognizing his situation.
Me: By now, the DC cinematic universe has lowered expectations to such a degree that “Aquaman” actually seems pretty alright. It’s not “Wonder Woman”-good, but it’s miles more likable than “Justice League” or “Suicide Squad.” If it’s as dumb, loud and overlong as any of the DC movies, it at least has a charm and sense of humor that jell agreeably with the ridiculousness of the story.
Me at 8 years old:This movie is the best movie I’ve ever seen in my life.
Because, in the end, Aquaman is not a movie for me. It, like Thor: Ragnarok, is at best a movie for the 8 to 15 year old version of me who still lives in my head somewhere. Which is OK, because that version of me still gets to see all the fun stuff that they’re making now, and then go Wheeeeeee. I can live with that.