DC has had a rough go. While the MCU has continued to rack up box office records, enjoy critical acclaim and near-universal audience approval, the DC Extended Universe has mostly gotten mocked (aside from the excellent Wonder Woman) and seen its box office grosses flounder. So it's time for a shift, and it looks like they're trying to strike a balance between epic battles and quippy banter.
Will Aquaman be able to pull that off? The plot focuses on the battle between rivals (Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson) claiming to be rightful heirs to the throne, which we've already seen in Thor and Black Panther. But this time it will be underwater! James Wan has already proven himself a capable horror director with the Conjuring franchise, and has already done his big-time action movie with Furious 7. It's certainly got the right people in front of and behind the camera to pull this off.
But there's a lot riding on this. It will either be another massive disappointment for DC and Warner Bros. or it's a huge hit and proof that they're on the right track. That's a lot of pressure for any one film, but they've been playing catch up for this long, so this is the position they find themselves in.
We'll find out if Aquaman is the big hit of the holiday season when it opens Friday, December 21, 2018.