The long-anticipated, Jason Momoa-led Aquaman has had an early release in China (as compared to its domestic release which will be later in the month), and the reception has been tremendously successful.
According to Warner Bros., (the studio making the film) Aquaman has garnered $93.6 million over the weekend in China, making it the biggest opening ever for a D.C. movie there, surpassing previous flicks like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which made $55.7 million in the opening) and Justice League (which had a $50.5 million opening).
The successful opening is a good indicator for future receptions, despite previous negative “box-office predictions”, so chances are it’s going to have an equally good reception after it releases in the West as well.
The movie is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and sees Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, the half-Atlantean and half-Human ruler of Atlantis and King of the Seven Seas, torn between trying to protect the two worlds as tensions between them rage high and his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) is pushing for war.
So, with the help of Mera (Amber Heard), he embarks on a journey to find a powerful magical trident which can help unite the Seven Seas.
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Even though this will mark Jason Momoa’s third take on the character (he previously appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as Justice League), this is the first time he’ll portray the character in a leading role.
The character of Aquaman has never been the most loved by fans, even known as the “loser” of the team in Super Friends, as his biggest power was the fact he owned a jet ski, which is why there was a bit of skepticism after it was announced a movie was in the making. However, this seems to be precisely the reason James Wan was so keen to take it on. Speaking to Total Film, Wan said:
Let’s face it, [Aquaman] is the superhero that everyone makes fun of…There was a bit of reservation at the start about whether or not I should pursue this character. But the more I thought about it, I always being the underdog.
Coming from the horror genre, you’re always the underdog. So I got used to that mentality…I love [horror]. It’s definitely the best way to break into the industry.
I just became synonymous with it, so that people had a harder time seeing me for anything else outside of horror. I wanted to prove that I’m not just a horror filmmaker, I’m a filmmaker period.
Despite the less-than-successful receptions of previous Warner Bros movie adaptions of DC Comics (with Wonder Woman being an exception), the studio is hopeful for the success of this latest title. So much so, in fact, that both Wan and Momoa already have potential directions they want to see a sequel take. (See more on that here.)