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Aquaman Final Trailer Is Splashy In More Ways Than One

Got time to ride one last wave?

On Monday, November 19, Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled the final trailer for Aquaman in the lead-up to the superhero pic's December 21 launch. 

Directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, who acts as the bridge between humans and those who call the ocean their home, Aquaman marries the origin story of the titular hero together with thrilling adventures and a battle with an evil half-brother that's promised to be as dramatic as a Shakespearean tale

That's not all Aquaman features, though, as the film also sees Aquaman partner up with Mera (Amber Heard) and his trusted advisor Nuidis Vulko (Willem Dafoe) on a high-stakes mission to retrieve a special trident that will not only save his own kingdom of Atlantis but also help protect the future of the civilizations scattered across the seven seas. 

The final trailer pulls back the curtain (parts the sea, if you will) and explores these various elements of the film's story. We get a glimpse of Aquaman's past and how he rose to power as "the protector of the deep," and learn the lengths he'll go to in efforts to thwart his brother Orm's (Patrick Wilson) nefarious plans to unite the people of Atlantis and the kingdoms from across the globe to wage a war on the surface world. 

Sprinkled between those tense, action-packed clips are bursts of color and some wonderfully timed jokes that prove Aquaman will make major waves when it swims into theaters late next month. Though industry analysts are currently predicting that the film will only take home between $40 million and $60 million at the domestic box office over its opening weekend, which would mark the lowest opening for a DC Extended Universe movie, Aquaman appears to have everything going for it — and will certainly stand out from its grim franchise counterpart Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the messy, maligned Suicide Squad. It will also allow Aquaman some much-needed redemption and time to shine, as many felt the character's first DCEU film, Justice League, did him a disservice. Early reactions to Aquaman have been positive, and if buzz continues to build as critics release their official reviews, perhaps the film will start tracking for an much bigger debut. 

In all, Aquaman looks to be a splashy, swashbuckling standalone that shies away from the less-satisfying elements of the DCEU, and should blow everyone away when it premieres on December 21.