The DC cinematic universe has been in big trouble ever since it peaked with Christopher Nolan’s trend-setting trilogy.
Nothing was the same after The Dark Knight released back in 2008. Hereafter, the superhero sub-genre was given a new benchmark; a mountainous yardstick which seemed impossible to match. The film put into place new expectations. Audiences had been given a sophisticated, intelligent and grittier vision of the Batman series, and with this, a taste for something new. People have been holding superhero cinema accountable for so much since then, and the days of goofy fun looked to be over. Marvel, however, managed to have fun with the genre, putting out accessible family-orientated hits such as Guardians of the Galaxy, one of numerous efforts to balance humour and sincerity. DC output, on the other hand, continued to be held to an impossible standard.
Since Nolan’s trilogy concluded with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, the main attraction of the DC filmography has been Zack Snyder’s enterprising effort, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film was considered a failure, disappointing general audiences but striking a chord with a portion of die-hard fans. The film adopted a dark tone, but Snyder seemed to confuse intensity for gloom. Against all odds, the 2016 face-off vehicle would resemble somewhat of a success in relation to the expansive Justice League. The theatrical cut we have all seen was butchered in the editing suite, and any evidence of a good film was surely cut out of the picture entirely. The characters were as thin as our patience, and this includes Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. Will his solo outing help to fix all this? Can it possibly?
Jason Momoa attends the World Premiere of 'Aquaman' at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 26, 2018 in London, England.
Admittedly, there is promise. Rather than having Snyder direct, the studio have gone with the sensible choice of James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7), whose work has won over many in providing fun and entertainment. It’s likely that he has brought a fanaticism to the project, and hopefully the results have been kept in the final edit. Momoa’s character was bewilderingly considered a highlight by some audiences coming out of Justice League, and the actor is definitely culminating a fan-base through a series of charming interview appearances and generally positive media coverage. The trailers are lighter in tone and the visual style favoured by Snyder has been manipulated enough to offer glimmers of hope.
Aquaman could be the film to save the DC cinematic universe, and at this point they really need it. The verdict remains to be seen.
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