“Aquaman” is different, however. Having first played the part in “Justice League” (2017), the muscular and charming Momoa reprises the role of Aquaman, which takes place after the events of “Justice League.” Director James Wan successfully avoids the dreary look of previous DC films, providing a bright, vibrant color palette.
Wan, better known for horror films such as “Saw” (2004) and “The Conjuring” (2013), proved he could also do action when he directed the fast-car film “Furious 7” (2016). In “Aquaman,” Wan once again provides a fun, rollercoaster experience, with a deliberately lighthearted and goofy tone reminiscent of 1980s Saturday-morning cartoons. As soon as an octopus appears playing the drums, viewers know “Aquaman” is not going to be a dark, brooding, Batman-style film.
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