A sneak peek at Aquaman and a new Justice League trailer were revealed at the Warner Bros. presentation.
Jason Momoa has a personality to match his hulking physique. Having just flown in to San Diego from Queensland where Aquaman is currently shooting, the former Khal Drogo was a bundle of energy, bounding into Hall H waving his trident.
“We can’t say too much… but we’ve made something special,” he promised before introducing an exclusive clip which showed an aerial shot of an underwater army of ray-like ships passing beneath a fishing boat.
Despite his previous comment, the jet lag appeared to have put Momoa in a spoilery mood. “That’s Ocean Master’s army,” he let slip. “Black Manta ain’t got nothing like that. That’s my brother!”
Director James Wan was still back home, but introduced the footage with a video message and apologies that there wasn’t more to show.
“In a lot of ways this is an origin story. I want the audience to experience Atlantis the first time Aquaman experienced it as well,” he said. “You get to see a whole different world we’ve never seen before that is so strikingly original.”
We did get to see a bit more of Momoa in action in the new Justice League trailer that revealed the film’s big bad – Steppenwolf – along with J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon. Still no sign of the Man of Steel though.
Momoa was then joined on stage by four of his Justice League pals. Gal Gadot is still basking in the success of Wonder Woman and the love for her solo outing was obvious from the applause. Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher proved they were big geeks at heart, while Ben Affleck cleared up any misconceptions over his feelings on not directing The Batman by endorsing new director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes).
“I would be an ape, never mind Batman,” he said. “I’m really blown away and excited. It’s a great time to be in the DC Universe.”
It’s a great time to be a DC fan, too, with Shazam, The Flash, Wonder Woman 2, Batgirl, and Green Lantern Corps all on the way. And yes, there will be a Suicide Squad 2.
Justice League is in cinemas November 26, with Aquaman due Boxing Day 2018.