Since Warner Bros. made its comic book bow with Man of Steel five years ago, things to say the least have not been exactly smooth sailing. With the exception of Wonder Woman, it was pretty clear that they had a lot of catching up to do to turn the tide against the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
With Aquaman, eager fans will be looking to DC's oceanic superhero to right the ship.
Set after Justice League, Aquaman deep dives into the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry as he finds himself caught between the surface world and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt. To prevent an all-out war, he must confront his past and become who he was born to be... a king.
Now that online reviews are beginning to wash up, let's find out what the critics have to say about one of the biggest releases of the year:
Excited I can now say how much I enjoyed #Aquaman! It's a cool adventure built on some tremendous action sequences and set pieces, with a great hero arc/performance from Jason Momoa as the glue. There's fun world building, and it looks wonderful. A great step for the DCEU.— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) November 26, 2018
Aquaman is a big, fun, wild ride. It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable. Parts of it are kind of bad but they are not the majority and, oddly, still fit in with the cartoony tone. 2nd best DCU movie. YEEEAAHH!— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 26, 2018
#Aquaman is the most ambitious DC movie to date -- a big, sprawling visual spectacle that is gorgeous, crazy, stuffed with terrific action, and a lot of fun to watch. James Wan, in my opinion, is the true star - he elevates the material, makes it entertaining and conquers it.— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) November 26, 2018
#Aquaman is better than expected. Feels like a Marvel phase one movie, in a good way. It’s at its best when it’s having fun and not taking itself too seriously. Black Manta is great villain that comic book fans will love. Some truly spectacular one shots and good action.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 26, 2018
#Aquaman is great. James Wan made a really unique super hero origin film, often crossing into fantasy-epic territory, but grounded in family and discovery.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) November 26, 2018
The world is visually incredible. Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry is a total bad-ass. @yahya and @patrickwilson73 stand out!
1. Wonder Woman - 82
2. Aquaman - 64
3. Man of Steel - 58
4. Justice League - 46
5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - 40
6. Suicide Squad - 38
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Aquaman opens in cinemas on 13 December 2018.