Last month, it was reported that Warner Bros. had held a very early test screening for December’s DC Extended Universe release Aquaman, with reactions to the Jason Momoa-headlined solo movie said to have been very positive, stating that the film had “tons of action” and was also very emotional.
Typically, alleged (and we do stress ‘alleged’ here) reactions to test screenings for DCEU movies have generally led with terms such as “mess” and “unwatchable”, so whether true or not, this rumour was certainly a nice change for DC fans.
Unfortunately however, we now have a contrary report courtesy of Forbes writer Mark Hughes, who has stated that: “Some people heard positive things. Me, personally, I’ll go ahead and just say: Honestly, I’ve heard some negative things. I think there are some issues to be resolved. There are some things to be worked out with Aquaman.”
Watch his comments about Aquaman here…
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Now, often these test screening reactions are either a) opinion-based, b) dubious, or c) fabricated, so it’s hard to really put much stock in them (see Deadpool 2 for example, where a rumour that it had tested “really poorly” was quickly followed by another story claiming it was outscoring the original).
On the bright side, if Aquaman does have any problems, Warner Bros. and director James Wan have plenty of time to try and address them before the film’s release this December.
Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Ludi Lin as Murk, Michael Beach as Jesse Kane, Otis Dhanji as a young Arthur Curry and Graham McTavish in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on December 21st 2018.