Marvel has been on a roll when it comes to their films in the last few years. The Marvel cinematic universe franchise has produced twenty movie adaptations in the last decade. With a budget of almost $4 billion, these movies have earned fourfold at over $17 billion.
Undoubtedly, the DC Extended Universe has been lagging behind. The franchise is banking on the upcoming Aquaman in order to catch-up and finally level the playing field. The DC movie is slated to be released in December of this year. Needless to say, the anticipation has been palpable.
Fortunately, a few lucky individuals have managed to get themselves into the first screening of Aquaman and their reactions have finally made its way to the news cycle. The overall reaction – a resounding “meh.”
A few industry insiders, like Omega Underground’s Christopher Marc and The GWW’s KC Walsh, have heard murmurs from people who were present during the test screening. On Twitter, Marc explained that the upcoming movie is good but not great. However, at this point, he argues that DCEU needs a good movie – any good movie:
“I hear it’s good (not great) and that’s all we can hope for in the end. I’ll take it.”
Likewise, Walsh has taken to Twitter to talk about the upcoming movie. According to Walsh, the movie isn’t necessarily terrible like recent DCEU offerings. The highly anticipated film is more similar to Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Phase 1:
“#Aquaman is a phase 1 MCU film through and through, so if you liked those you’ll love it, if you didn’t you probably won’t get much enjoyment out of Aquaman”
With that said, it is important to remember that this is the movie’s first test screening. December is only four months away. However, there are still things that can be done in order to make Aquaman better.
In an earlier report, Aquaman director James Wan revealed that his interpretation of the DC story would not involve the other iconic characters in the franchise. He explains that this decision is brought on by his desire to keep the film clean and straightforward:
“I wanted to keep the story to the world of Aquaman and not have to worry about what other characters are doing in their films and how that would affect us. I just thought the simplest way was to keep it clean — keep it simple and let it be an Aquaman story” quipped Wan as reported by Screen Rant.
With the lukewarm reception to the first test screening of Aquaman, Wan’s earlier statement about leaving the Justice League out of the movie’s story might change. Test screenings after all are crafted to measure the audience’ reaction before making any tweaks or improvements.
DC’s Aquaman is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2018. It stars Jason Momoa as the titular character; together with Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, and Nicole Kidman. This is the first standalone film adaptation of the Aquaman franchise.