The director of the upcoming DC Extended Universe film Aquaman has released a quick screenshot to tantalize the fans waiting for its first trailer.
James Wan, who has been teasing fans for a while now, released the photo on his Twitter account. “Working overtime to put the finishing touches for this coming week!! Eeeeeee,” he wrote.
The picture is clearly being taken in the editing room, with us gazing past someone’s head at a large screen. There we see a figure standing on the rocky ground in front of the ocean, holding his arms in the air and a trident in one hand; ahead of him, huge whales are breaking out of the water, spraying it everywhere.
It is hard to tell, but the person in the photo looks like he is Aquaman’s brother Prime Orm, aka the villain Ocean Master, who is being played by Patrick Wilson; the cape and the golden helmet are the clearest signs. For anyone familiar with the franchise from the comics, the scene around him becomes rather more impressive—he’s not just watching a cool scene from nature, but more likely controlling the whales with his telepathic control over sea life.
The trident, too, is an interesting inclusion, since official word is that Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and his love interest Mera (Amber Heard) will be searching for the trident of Atlantis’ first king. Presumably, this indicates that Orm will get his hands on it eventually, including whatever powers (supernatural or perhaps just symbolic) it provides.
Aquaman comes out this December, so it is a bit behind on releasing its first trailer; according to Wan, this is because its heavy use of underwater effects requires a lot of CGI work, and he wants the trailer to look just right before release. It will finally drop during San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and presumably be put online shortly thereafter.
With most of the franchise’s other movies divisive at best, there is a lot riding on Aquaman, as well as next year’s Shazam and Wonder Woman 1984. So far they are all getting good buzz and seem to be more lighthearted and fun than the often dour movies that have preceded them. For now, fans will be eagerly awaiting the Aquaman trailer so that we can get our first real look at the ambitious undersea project.