Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Are "Aquaman" and "Submariner" now redundant?

Had totally forgotten that this was supposed to exist until this trailer popped up today on Dark Horizons.

"Empires of The Deep" is being referred to as the biggest U.S./Chinese co-production ever at a $100 Million budget, but supposedly the "Chinese" side of that is almost-entirely from a single China-based Real Estate billionaire. I like how nobody even bats an eye anymore at the idea of a supposedly-"communist" country having billionaires, incidentally...

The pitch? It's "Avatar" meets "The Little Mermaid," with a human hero traveling to an underwater kingdom and getting swept up into an epic war between rival fish-person nations. Naturally, it's in 3D (something you need to understand about the 3D "thing" right now: Chinese audiences are madly in love with 3D - thats one of the biggest reasons they keep doing it.) The early buzz is that it's a "Dragon Wars"-level fiasco in every way except the effects (scale wise, at least), design and action stuff:




So... probably a camp classic waiting to happen. Still, I can't look at the "bigger" parts of this and wonder why I seem to be the only person who can totally see how "Aquaman" could actually work...

12 comments:

The Mason said...

Well, thats insane.

Anonymous said...

Why does Finding Nemo look 1000 times more realistic?!

Chris said...

@Anonymous
No secondary motion...Is definitely part of it.

james cousins said...

On the whole "communist billionaires" angle, China is not a communist country, compared to, say, the old Soviet Union. China's position on the issue has been their economic policy is: "market socialism with Chinese characteristics." what does that mean? it means whatever China wants it to mean.

Anonymous said...

That movie looks terrible, and yet I can't help but love the idea of people with fins, giant crabs as mounts, using bigass sea monsters as warships, and damn if a giant anglerfish monster isn't suitably terrifying (seriously, anglerfish are horrifying). It makes me pine for a movie with the same premise, but actually good.

Though who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and this won't be shit? I doubt it though.

J said...

john carter of the deep?

Timothy said...

@J
Aw damn, you stole my joke! I was going to say something about "John Carter of Atlantis".

algeya said...

nah you are giving them too much creditm they are ripping off the plot of one piece fishman island arc,

Joshua the Anarchist said...

You're not the only one. Next to Wonder Woman & Justice League, Aquaman in the one superhero movie yet to get made that I can see most vividly in my head. I can picture the fairly tale atmosphere of Act 1 as Queen Atlanna rises from the waves in the moonlight, to the entranced wonder of the lonely old lighthouse keeper. I can see young Arthur Curry discovering his heritage, his mother teaching him Atlantean culture. I can see him pick up a old fishing spearing in his father's basement, and with it learning the art of trident fighting. I see his rivalry with Orm, his romance with Mera, and the looming mysterious menace of Black Manta. I can see the damn thing as if I'd actually made it. WHY DOESN'T IT EXIST?!

Yeah okay, I officially have too much time on my hands.

Anonymous said...

China's pretty much been Communist in name only for about 3 decades, at least from a purely economic viewpoint. Deng Xiaoping's market reforms would have almost certainly caused Mao to turn over in his grave.

Paul said...

An Aquaman movie will never happen(and personally, I'm fine with that). You know it and I know it. WE ALL KNOW IT. Now the Submariner having a movie is a much more real(in fact, likely) prospect. I can see it in Marvel's Phase 3 along with Black Panther and Dr. Strange.

GEL said...

...they should rebrand this as Sea Monkies: The Movie.