Aquaman is the next film to be released in DC Extended universe, and is set to arrive in Hong Kong cinemas on December 20. Although 2017’s Justice League film was almost universally panned by critics, Jason Momoa’s turn as reluctant hero and half-Atlantean Arthur Curry in that movie was well-received.
Before the Hawaiian actor debuts in his own feature-length action film, here’s a primer on everything you need to know about the King of the Seven Seas.
Who is Aquaman and what powers does he have?
The half-human/half-Atlantean Aquaman is the son of Atlanna, the Queen of Atlantis, and Thomas Curry, a human lighthouse keeper. But we don’t know much about his backstory; in Justice League he wasn’t ready to fully embrace his heritage, and is hiding out in a remote fishing village when Batman comes looking for his help.
As for the aquatic superhero’s powers in the films, he has superhuman strength, is able to swim at supersonic speeds, can control the tides, and communicate with marine life. He also wields a powerful spear and is skilled at close-quarter combat.
So, what’s the plot?
To prevent his half-brother, Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), from rallying the seven underwater kingdoms and declaring war on the surface world, Aquaman must return to Atlantis to claim his rightful place as king. Aiding him on his journey is Mera (Amber Heard), a powerful warrior from the Atlantean tribe of Xebel, who looks to be as important to the plot as the titular character.
Oscar winner Nicole Kidman will have a minor role as Atlanna and feature in flashback scenes about Arthur’s complex childhood. Veteran action star Dolph Lundgren will make an appearance as Nereus, king of the Xebel tribe, and Mera’s father.
Another exciting character introduced in the film is Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Aquaman’s nemesis from the original comic books. Although not an Atlantean, Black Manta augments his fighting abilities with a highly-advanced suit of armour that allows him to breathe underwater.
What are we most excited about?
More Mera, please
Since Justice League, there’s been a lot of buzz about the chemistry between Aquaman and Mera, and excitement to see more of it. If the trailer is any indication, the pair may officially become an item. What’s more, the heroine has proved she can definitely hold her own in a fight, so we look forward to seeing more of her impressive abilities.
The sub-aquatic nations
There are seven underwater kingdoms, with different vibes and inhabitants. It’s always exciting to see how filmmakers create fantasy locations, and this film is no exception. Plus, the mix of underwater races is almost a guarantee of some pretty awesome action sequences as the different kingdoms gather to fight.
The baddie’s bad-a** suit
Black Manta’s suit may make him look more like an oversized insect than a manta ray, but there’s no denying its powerful weapons system. Near the end of the trailer, he shoots laser beams from his eyes (à la Cyclops from X-men) which are powerful enough to turn a tower to rubble. Who needs superpowers when you’ve got great tech?