Aquaman Trailer's Tidal Wave Is Merely a 'Warning,' Explains James Wan

Jason Momoa as Aquaman

The latest extended trailer for Aquaman saw a coastline completely hammered by a massive tidal wave including a warship caught in the colossal breaker as Jason Momoa's titular superhero watches on in shock.

According to filmmaker James Wan, the wave is not part of Atlantis' long-simmering attack on the surface world but just a tease at the greater threat to come from the film's primary antagonist Orm, played by Patrick Wilson.

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"It’s not actually an attack from Atlantis but a warning sign of what’s to come," explained Wan in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "It’s basically a message from King Orm and he’s throwing our warships and waste back onto the land."

The extended trailer was released last month online running over five minutes and showing much of the upcoming DCEU film including Orm's plan to conquer the surface world. Despite the extensive look at the film, Wan clarified that the trailer and promotional clips have only hinted at the true scale and story of the final film.

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"The trailer and images don’t really do it justice," Wan continued. "The crazy part is there’s so much movie, what’s out there has barely scratched the surface."

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on December 21.

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