DC fans and skeptics alike are eagerly waiting for the first trailer for Aquaman -- but it sounds like there's a good reason for the delay.
James Wan, who is directing the upcoming DC Films venture, recently took to Twitter to address rumors surrounding the trailer's pending release. As he explained in a series of pun-filled tweets, there was never a plan to release the trailer in the coming days, because of Wan's personal desire to get the visual effects right.
Hey friends, I usually do my best to avoid internet noises (especially fabricated distractions) but a teaser-trailer going out this weekend was never in the books — despite what some claim. It’s not because of anyone or any nefarious reason holding it back — IT’S ME. (1/3)— James Wan (@creepypuppet) March 25, 2018
I am simply not ready yet to share. This movie is filled to the gills with VFX, and the process is as slow and laborious as a sea-slug! Yes, even shots for the trailers take forever to do, and I refuse to put out anything that might be construed as subpar. (2/3)— James Wan (@creepypuppet) March 25, 2018
I know it seems like nothing much is brewing above the surface, but I can assure you, we’re working nonstop under the waves 🌊 😉 (3/3)— James Wan (@creepypuppet) March 25, 2018
(Ps: And yes, I plan to use oceanic puns/references every chance I get 😂)
Considering the discourse surrounding how special effects are represented in superhero movie trailers, it's pretty easy to see where Wan is coming from. Some of last year's superhero films, from Spider-Man Homecoming to Justice League, had drastically different special effects from their first trailers to their release.
And some films - namely Sony's upcoming Venom solo film - have deliberately not shown major special effects in their first trailers, something that was also seen as slightly controversial amongst fans.
So, it sounds like DC Extended Universe fans will have to wait just a little bit longer to see the first look at how Aquaman officially comes together. But judging by recent test screenings, it sounds like things are pretty optimistic, with some elements of the film reportedly putting Justice League and Wonder Woman to shame.
"It's going great." Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who plays Black Manta in the film, revealed late last year. "The scale is epic and this movie is going to be so good! I can't say too much, but in the hands of James Wan and with Jason Momoa at the helm, I think people are going to be really happy with it."
Aquaman will land in theaters on December 21st.