'Aquaman' Director Explains Real Meaning Behind Huge Tidal Wave in Trailer

One of the major shots of the Aquaman trailers has been Arthur Curry and his father driving down the coast, trying to outrun a massive tidal wave that would easily end a lot of lives. While many have assumed to this point that the wave was an attack by Atlantis on the land-dwellers, director James Wan has now confirmed that isn't exactly the case.

While speaking with EW about the scene in question, Wan revealed that it was actually a warning from King Orm, letting everyone know that he isn't going to take it anymore.

“The context of that photo is basically the Atlantic coastline is being hit by tidal waves and it’s not actually an attack from Atlantis but a warning sign of what’s to come,” Wan said. “It’s basically a message from King Orm [Patrick Wilson] and he’s throwing our warships and waste back onto the land.”

According to Wan, this doesn't actually spoil anything in the movie itself. There's so much going on in the film that this doesn't begin to tell the story.

“The trailer and images don’t really do it justice,” he said. “The crazy part is there’s so much movie, what’s out there has barely scratched the surface.”

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Piggybacking off of that, Wan went on to talk about the long scene in the extended trailer where Arthur and Mera are running from Black Manta. Apparently, that's only half of the actual scene.

“That’s the crazy thing is that one long take shot that everybody seems excited about in the trailer, that’s only half the shot,” Wan added. “And it doesn’t have the context of how it comes to play. So hopefully in the actual movie it’s more enjoyable because you’ll have context.”

Thankfully, with only a month and a half until Aquaman arrives in theaters, so we don't have to wait too long before we find out what else James Wan has in store.


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Aquaman swims into theaters on December 21st.