After witnessing his debut in last year’s Justice League, Aquaman fans have eagerly awaited a real look at the aquatic king’s full feature-length debut. During a panel in San Diego Comic-Con‘s massive Hall H Saturday morning, Warner Bros. finally delivered, debuting a brand-new trailer for those lucky enough to be in attendance.
The long-awaited trailer opens on a stormy sea, with Jason Momoa’s voiceover describing his mother (an Atlantean) and father (a lighthouse keeper) meeting. A young Arthur Curry is bullied in an aquarium, and reveals that he can communicate with fish. The adult Aquaman then drops into a submarine and starts kicking butts.
Amber Heard’s character Mera describes the story–Aquaman has to take his place as king of Atlantis to stop an impending war. The trailer gives extensive looks at Atlantis and the various characters. “You think you’re unworthy to lead because you’re of two different worlds,” Mera tells Aquaman. “That is exactly why you are worthy.”
The trailer is now available online, so check it out below. However, that wasn’t the only Aquaman footage Warner Bros. debuted at Comic-Con. They also showed some exclusive clips only for Hall H attendees.
The exclusive footage featured Mera and Aquaman walking through the desert searching for Atlantean ruins that were once underwater. Mera extracts water from Aquaman’s brow to activate a relic in a scene that’s part Indiana Jones, part Fifth Element. “You could have just peed on it,” Aquaman says.
A hologram of a past Atlantean king appears. “In this trident resides the power of Atlantis,” it says. “If you seek my power, journey beyond the edge of the world to the hidden sea. In the wrong hands, it would bring destruction. In the hands of the true heir, it would unite all our kingdoms, above and below.”
The clip also showed Atlanteans on opposing sides riding giant seahorses, sharks, and other creatures in battle. Finally, it showed Black Manta emerging from the sea to fight Arthur and Mera on land across chase and battle scenes involving laser fire and huge explosions. Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman’s characters made appearances as well, and we caught a glimpse of Willem Dafoe.
Finally, the last shot showed Aquaman in a semblance of his classic costume, orange and green scales included. Naturally, fans reacted with glee and excitement.
The Aquaman portion of the panel opened with the massive screens spanning Hall H turning to roaring water, the sound filling the huge room. Aquaman himself–actor Jason Momoa–emerged onto the stage to thunderous applause. Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and director James Wan joined him onstage soon after.
“I want our film to be a little bit different, a little unique” among the myriad superhero movies out now, Wan said. He said it plays more like a sci-fi or fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie. Momoa called it “a beautiful origin story.”
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays Black Manta, said he was worried about having to swim while shooting the movie. “I can’t swim,” he described telling his agent. He confessed that he bought a pair of goggles and a kickboard, and taught himself to swim while filming. “I was fine by the end, and I didn’t ever have to swim [while filming],” he said.
Nicole Kidman described the moment we’ll meet her character in Aquaman. “I got to lie on a rock,” she said. “My opening shot in the film is being washed up on this rock, and I got to lie there with massive waves crashing over me, and i’m thinking, ‘The bigger the better, come on James, give it to me! That’s why I’m doing this movie.'”