Aquaman has been sold as “Star Wars underwater,” and fresh looks at the movie signal the James Wan-directed DC Comics adaptation could deliver.
Warner Bros. debuted Friday the first look at Aquaman’s Fishermen, an undersea legion of blue and green-skinned fish-like creatures adorned in regal golden armor.
The Fisherman King (Djimon Hounsou), his Queen (Natalia Safran), and the Princess (Sophia Forrest) have since drawn comparisons to aquatic aliens seen in the Star Wars saga — particularly the Naboo-dwelling Gungans of The Phantom Menace fame.
“It's got that Star Wars quality of gigantic ships and guys riding sharks. It's going to be this whole world you've never seen before,” leading man Jason Momoa told ComicBook.com in November ahead of his starring turn in Justice League.
Momoa’s comments echoed a description shared by Power Rangers star Ludi Lin, who plays Murk in Aquaman, when he said Wan “described his vision as Star Wars underwater because it is.”
Wan revealed the mermaid-inspired creatures were created through a combination of practical makeup effects work by Star Trek 2009 and Insidious makeup artists Fractured FX with digital effects by ILM, who provide the Fishermen’s digitally-created bottom halves and their underwater environment.
The director will be on hand to unveil the first Aquaman trailer next weekend at San Diego Comic-Con ahead of the film’s December 21 release.
When they said Wan’s Aquaman would be the underwater equivalent of Star Wars, people laughed it off. Now I’m laughing because it’s clear that it’s more than that. pic.twitter.com/5rY7rue3wL— Walt (@UberKryptonian) July 13, 2018
They did say Aquaman was going to be like Star Wars underwater pic.twitter.com/lQ1zesJ6kM— Manuel Faria (@ManuelDuarte24) July 13, 2018
It’s starting to sink in that Aquaman may be an amazing, epic tale ala Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. Or, at least, it has the potential to be.— Chris (@ThatLadChrist) July 13, 2018
New #Aquaman image.— 🌷🌸🌹🌺🌻🌼 (@LiveLoveLupe) July 13, 2018
The good: It really does look like "STARWARS underwater". I didnt expect various races.
The bad: The color grading & sharpness of the digital image makes it look more cheap than it should.
Overall: I really like it. Can't wait to see the trailer for more. pic.twitter.com/ZGNaGfbPMJ
Is this like Star Wars style practical effects because ... DAMN! When James Wan said Star Wars under the sea, he meant it. So beautiful.— 🌼Tej🦁 #ReleaseTheSnyderCut Justice League (@CloisLover) July 13, 2018