Aquaman opens December 21st, so we’re finally getting our first three clips from a movie that’s been getting surprisingly glowing screening reactions (even though some people might only see it “because Jason Momoa is allergic to shirts“). In addition to the clips, Warner also released an international poster in China. The poster isn’t quite as meme-ready as the first one, but it does show Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) face off against his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson), who is trying to become “Ocean Master” and declare war on us landlubbers. You can see some of that fight in this first clip, which gives a good sense of the dynamic camera movements director James Wan used in the underwater action sequences:
Wan, who thinks the running jokes about Aquaman on Entourage were “f*cking funny”, took the action sequences seriously. He recently explained that these shots were all filmed “dry for wet.” As /film reports, Wan said they were filmed, “in these rigs that simulate swimming, floating and all that. But we did play with water as well. I don’t think you can make an Aquaman movie and not have anyone get wet. And again the irony is, when we’re actually above the water, when we’re dry, that’s when I have to drench the actors non-stop. When they’re actually out of water, that’s when they’re dripping wet. But when they’re underwater the irony is people actually look dry and so that’s why we shot it without water.”
The other two clips come courtesy of Good Morning America, on which both Jason Momoa and Amber Heard (who plays Mera) have been guests this week. In the first brief clip below, Mera tries to convince Aquaman to fight Orm. The second brief clip interjects some humor, with Mera and Vulko (Willem Dafoe) telling Aquaman about a special trident he should locate if he wants to get the Atlanteans on his side.