Teeing off a half-hour of DC material in a two-hour Warner Bros presentation at CinemaCon was the first ever trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Filmmaker James Wan couldn’t be here at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, nor star Jason Momoa, but both appeared by video.
Wan said the Aquaman sequel visits “beautiful strange new worlds” where it explores “interesting new characters.”
“It’s an action-adventure story with a really fun bromance between Arthur and Orm,” he said. “Orm was a villain the first time around, but this time Arthur needs him.”
Lots of fisticuffs with Black Manta, serious speeches by Aquaman — who has a new baby — and the Black Trident enemy how has a lot of power. The trailer begins with Aquaman back near his lighthouse home, contemplating life with Temuera Morrison’s Tom Curry. But there’s still a lot of drama and chaos under the water as Aquaman battles a huge submarine beneath and foes on the beach.
“I’m supposed to be a king, to bring the land and sea together,” says Momoa’s Aquaman. There’s action beneath the Earth’s surface in the Arctic. In a battle scene, Aquaman tells Black Manta, “No one hits my brother but me.” At which point, Patrick Wilson’s King Orm says, “Do not call me brother!” Says Black Trident, the new enemy, “I’m going to destroy Aquaman and everything he holds dear!”
“Sometimes not giving up is the most heroic thing you can do,” says Morrison’s character.
“If you lead,” King Orm tells Aquaman, “Atlantis will follow.”
Amber Heard’s Mera has a cameo in a battle scene.
Aquaman is the highest-grossing DC movie to date at $1.1 billion. The sequel hits theaters December 20.
CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie theater owners from around the world, runs through Thursday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.