Has Jason Momoa’s Aquaman Achieved The Impossible?

US actor Jason Momoa arrives for the world premiere of 'Aquaman' at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON

Despite middling reviews from critics, it looks like general audiences are loving DC’s latest cinematic offering.

The James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) directed blockbuster stars Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as the titular hero, and tells the story of Arthur Curry’s quest to save his people and take his place as the rightful heir of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.

The DC cinematic universe has been under fire for quite some time now, with many criticising 2017's Justice League for its lack of focus and uninspiring narrative. However, one of the few elements of the production that comic-book and film fans enjoyed was Momoa’s confident and likeable screen presence. Many voiced their disappointment, exclaiming that Aquaman wasn’t given prevalence over the film’s more dull characters. Now, those who felt this way are declaring that the studio is finally back on track, channelling all of the energy lacking in past ventures into one explosive stand-alone film. 

US actor Jason Momoa (R) performs a Haka dance as he arrives for the world premiere of 'Aquaman' at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTONUS actor Jason Momoa (R) performs a Haka dance as he arrives for the world premiere of 'Aquaman' at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON

Aquaman has been praised for its enjoyable story, elaborate and colourful visual style, effective humour and appealing performances. Perhaps there is a chance that DC films can follow suit and aim for a more accessible tone, rather than trying to reminisce the filmmaking style Nolan perfected with The Dark Knight trilogy. It would be wise to assume that an Aquaman sequel is now being hotly anticipated, and could be the sequel success that the studio need to stay afloat in the current climate of Marvel Studios superiority. Despite not being a total success, this recent risk has paid off big time for DC, and may convince apathetic audiences to reconsider their investment in the future of the Justice League.

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