Welcome home, Aquaman.
In addition to the first Shazam! trailer, the DC Films panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 also debuted the first trailer for Aquaman, the solo movie starring Jason Momoa as the classic DC Comics character.
The two-minute, 25-second trailer begins with a flashback to Aquaman's father Tom Curry during a stormy night at the Amnesty Bay lighthouse he operated. "My father was a lighthouse keeper," says Aquaman in a voiceover as we see Aquaman's mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) wash ashore. "My mother was a queen. But life has a way of bringing people together."
We see Tom Curry and Atlanna growing close and having a child, Arthur Curry, who becomes Aquaman. "You could unite our worlds one day," Atlanna says to baby Arthur.
We then see young Arthur at an aquarium, presumably during a school trip. Some bullies come by to harrass him, with one bully saying, "Check it out, Arthur is talking to the fish."
The smaller Arthur tells the bullies to let him go, then suddenly, a large shark rams the aquarium tank, cracking it. The bullies back away and Arthur raises his hand up toward the shark, feeling his telepathic powers. "They made me what I am," the adult Arthur continues in a voiceover.
Next, we see Aquaman forcing his way into a submarine and attacking the armed men inside. "Permission to come aboard?" he quips.
We cut to Mera (Amber Heard) arriving in Amnesty Bay and confronting Arthur. "I've been looking for you," she says as we see Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) removing his helmet. "Your half-brother, King Orm, is about to declare war upon the surface world."
We then see Arthur driving a truck and watching as a large ship is brought towards him by a large tsunami, which envelops the entire coastline. Mera continues in a voiceover, "The only way to stop this war is for you to take your rightful place as king."
"Trust me, I am no king," replies Arthur.
In a separate scene, Mera tells Arthur, "You do your best thinking when you're not thinking at all."
In a different scene, Aquaman replies, "That was the worst pep talk ever."
"You might want to strap in," says Mera as she brings Arthur in a small craft to Atlantis, an incredible undersea kingdom. "Welcome home."
"My brother has come from the surface," Ocean Master tells a large crowd inside a form of gladiatorial arena, "to challenge me for the throne!"
"I call it an ass-whuppin'," Aquaman tells his half-brother.
As we see Aquaman raising a ship, we hear him say in a different scene, "I'm no leader. I came because I have no choice. I came to save my home and the people that I love."
"You think you're unworthy to lead because you come of two different worlds," Mera says in a voiceover as we glimpse the deadly creatures known as the Trench attacking a ship, "but that is exactly why you are worthy."
We see Aquaman's arch-enemy Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) removing his helmet, followed by the Fisherman King (Djimon Hounsou) and his royal family. This is followed by shots of the Atlantean army and Black Manta blasting a stone tower with his eye beams in an attempt to kill Aquaman.
"A war is coming to the surface," says Ocean Master in a voiceover as we glimpse an amazing underwater battle, "and I am bringing the wrath of the Seven Seas with me."
In a final scene, we see Arthur and Mera inside a cargo plane flying over a desert. Mera opens the side door and says "We're here" before jumping out of the plane.
"What are you doing?!" exclaims Arthur as he watches her jump. The plane's pilot remarks, "She didn't have a parachute!"
"Redheads. You gotta love 'em," replies Arthur to the pilot before jumping out of the plane to follow Mera, whooping with excitement.
If you'd like to view the trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official Warner Bros. Pictures account on YouTube...
Aquaman is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 21, 2018.