Aquaman’s Exciting Hero’s Journey Origin Story Is DC’s Best Movie
(DM) — Aquaman Is DC’s Most Profitable Movie Because It’s Their Best Movie, not Superman, not Batman, not Wonder Woman, none of DC’s trinity own that title. All of them pale in comparison to Aquaman. Who knew Aquaman would be the best movie in the DC Extended Universe? Long time DC comic book writer Geoff Johns delivered an epic journey.
The biggest reason this is DC’s best movie is DC comic book writer Geoff Johns involvement as writer on the film. In 2011 DC rebooted it’s comic book universe in an effort to make comics more accessible to new readers. Geoff Johns wrote the 2011 New 52 Reboot of Aquaman. The movie follows New 52 as canon while taking liberties which improve on the original story. Characters in the comic version that were not so sympathetic become a better driving force for Arthur Curry in the film.
Jason Mamoa is DC’s Franchise Aquaman
One big reason Aquaman Is DC’s best movie is Jason Mamoa. He’s DC’s answer to Chris Hemsworth. Both play the hunk with a little boyish charm and big dash of karisma. While Hemsworth was necessary in the Thor franchise to carry movies, Mamoa can do this same. Need proof? Think about it, you can put many actors under Batman’s cowl and people will flock to a great Batman story. Jason Mamoa wears no mask. He owns Arthur Curry. He is Aquaman and DC has a franchise actor who they now know can shape future stories.
Aquaman has a multitude of things going for it.
Atlantis Doesn’t Suck!
Who hasn’t thought of not seeing Aquaman because they did not want to watch a film taking place under water. It’s akin to some people hating 3D movies. Director James Wan puts your mind at rest very early.
It’s all about suspended disbelief anyway… It’s a comic book movie! What works is that the Atlanteans history is spelled out early along with a well constructed city below.
Atlantis isn’t represented by a meager handful of citizens gathered around underwater stones as depicted countless times in the past. In Aquaman it is vast. Complex. Inhabited with believable underwater population centers.
Aquaman Avoids Cliches
This is hard to explain without spoilers on a number of fronts. Take out word for it that similar to characters in Game of Thrones, you don’t know who is going to die or live in Aquaman. The story that unfolds gains respect and credibility along the way for avoiding other cliches like stopping a war at the last moment or will a villain finally die or come back constantly like the Joker.
An Exciting Hero’s Journey Origin Story
Yes. The plot of supremacy leads to Aquaman becoming an origin story. And it’s one hell of a fun ride. A great deal takes place in the middle. Aquaman’s parents, childhood, coming of age years, and the hero’s journey.
Remember Spider-Man 3 (2007) weaving in too many villains and subplots? This pitfall occurs a lot in films. Then other times — it works great. Director James Wan executes four subplots in Aquaman in seamless editing.
Comic Accurate Costumes
When is the last time a superhero film nailed the look of their comic book counterpart? Let’s start with Black Manta. The version on film is spot on in design from the comic book version. It’s not a loose interpretation but an accurate portrayal. The same can be said of Ocean Master and finally the completed Aquaman as he completes his hero’s journey.
What’s A Good Fight Without An Audience?
Speaking from experience, when a fight takes place, you draw energy from a crowd. You feel it in the build up of fights in Aquaman. It’s not just fights, but action that works in Aquaman.
A Good Ending Seals the Deal for Aquaman as DC’s Best Movie
How many movies have good endings? In truth, few. A good ending is one thing that may separate a four review from a five. Aquaman has a satisfying ending. One thing that I could have lived without was the mid-credit stinger.
What you truly appreciate in Aquaman is the fate of his family. You could easily say this ending is what makes Aquaman a superhero movie that is a real family film.
Some Aquaman History
First appearance: Golden Age Comics – 1941 in More Fun Comics #73.
Modern canon of Aquaman is by the hands of Peter David. Peter wrote for DC and delivered The Atlantis Chronicles in 1990. Aquaman now had backstory. In 1993 Peter David gave Aquaman an origin in Aquaman: Time and Tide.
Director: James Wan
Writer: Geoff Johns, James Wan & Will Beall
Runtime: 2:22 (143 minutes)
Release Date: December 21, 2018
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