Okay, yes, Atlantis does kind of look like the cover of a Lisa Frank folder. But look at the giant turtles and whales lugging items across the kingdom! Look at them work!

King Orm proves to be quite the showboater, pompously shouting to the audience, “My brother has come from the surface to challenge me to the throne!” eliciting boos and jeers from the audience. While King Orm wields a three-pronged trident, Arthur’s weapon looks more like King Atlan’s mythical trident. Foreshadowing!

It seems like the battle between King Orm and Arthur has moved locations, now taking place in a chamber surrounded by hot flowing lava. Was this a plan by Orm or an unexpected twist thrown at the battle by outside forces? It may in fact be the beginning of the battle, as Orm soon jumps through a hole in the ceiling up to the cheering masses.

I just wanted to point out Patrick Wilson’s man bun.

This is my favorite scene of the Aquaman trailer, and honestly, the encapsulation of its big, dumb goofiness — aside from Aquaman breaking into a submarine and cheekily saying, “Permission to come aboard?” The audience is blown back by the sheer power of Arthur and Orm’s battle, pausing at first in shock then breaking into wide-eyed cheers. It’s the bro-iest scene we’ve ever had in a DC movie and I love it. Not to mention the fact that it’s preceded by a scene where Arthur tells Orm “I call it an ass-whupping” with a straight face. This movie is going to be great.

The trailer then gives us another flashback to Arthur’s childhood, this time with teen Arthur (Otis Dhanji) training with an Atlantean to fight. Blessed with sharp reflexes and super strength, Arthur is easily able to catch the trident thrown at him. We then see him fighting on the beach with an unidentified person. (A teenaged Orm, perhaps?)

Another shot of teen Arthur with his trainer, who turns out to be Willlem Dafoe‘s Nuidis Vulko — Atlantis’ counselor and Aquaman’s mentor. That’s right, you thought Willem Dafoe didn’t appear in this trailer but there he is, barely visible for a half-second! Perhaps the movie is saving the best for last, because we would certainly be killed by the sight of Dafoe’s man-bun.

This is a really beautiful shot of Arthur and Mera diving off a fishing boat that has come under the attack of the Trenchers: an ocean-dwelling race of creatures from one of the former Atlantean realms that have mutated into monsters. The stark contrast of the red flare against the stormy see is gorgeous and totally makes up for the Lisa Frank shots from before.

As Arthur and Mera dive deeper underwater, we see the Trenchers weren’t limited to the boat: swarms of them descend upon the pair like some sort of hellish plague. Again, this shot looks great – screw all of you who said this movie’s visuals look bad.

Black Manta reveals his face in a brief shot, as he takes off his helmet in what looks to be the same submarine that Arthur attacks early on. Unlike the majority of the characters in this film, Black Manta is human — he’s a ruthless treasure hunter and a high-seas mercenary who creates deadly technological innovations that could rival the weapons of Atlantis.

Here is the reveal of Djimon Hounsou as the Fisherman King, standing alongside Natalia Safran and Sophia Forrest as the Fisherman Queen and the Fisherman Princess, whom Orm creates an alliance with as part of his plan to unite the seven kingdoms. The Fisherman Kingdom is mostly populated by residents with mermaid tails who celebrate poetry and philosophy. Fun fact: Hounsou’s entire look is created by prosthetics and not CGI.

Here we get our first full look at Black Manta in full costume, with red, glowing eyes. He stands in a living room — perhaps ready to attack Arthur and Thomas Curry.

Black Manta launches an attack against Arthur, aiming his destructive lasers at Arthur, who leaps out of the way. But the tower that he was standing on is not quite so lucky.

King Orm’s scheme to unite the seven kingdoms of Atlantis against the surface world doesn’t seem to be going as planned, as the Atlantean armies face off in a deadly, giant sea-creature filled battle. Perhaps it’s Black Manta’s interference that leads to this deadly standoff.

Those who wished James Wan would go back to his horror movie roots would appreciate this brief cameo by Leigh Whannell as the pilot of the plane, which Mera and Arthur dive off of sans parachutes. Whannell is Wan’s close friend who has written and starred many of Wan’s most popular horror films including Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and Insidious: Chapter 2.

Aquaman hits theaters on December 21, 2018.

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