James Wan's Aquaman recently held some test screenings and the reactions have praised the action and the emotion of the DCEU movie. This is definitely good news for Warner Bros. and DC Films after the release of Justice League, which is still being talked about today, a good 4 months after the release of the movie. The project seemed to be doomed from the start and it suffered at the box office; a sharp contrast from the success of Wonder Woman over the summer.

Early reactions are starting to trickle in from the test screenings of Aquaman and they are overwhelmingly positive. The sources claim to have "loved" the movie and then praised the action packed emotional story. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Jason Momoa's Aquaman was a bright spot in Justice League and the production of the movie seemed to go off without a hitch. And from the set pictures, it looks like it was pretty much a party behind-the-scenes with adult beverages and custom guitars getting sent to Momoa.

The positive reviews for Aquaman come after some new reports suggest that there have been some changes to the comics for the big screen. It appears that Dolph Lundgren's King Nereus will be Mera's (Amber Heard) father in the movie, which is completely different from the comics. In the original comics, Nereus was a part of an exiled group of Ataleans known as the Xebels. Lundgren confirmed the new relationship in a recent interview and fans have been divided about the drastic change for the movie. However, most of the comic book movies have been adapted and changed quite a bit to end up on the big screen.

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We still have nearly a year before Aquaman hits theaters and we've yet to see a full trailer, which has been rumored for weeks now. The movie is one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the year, but it is going to have some big shoes to fill with the recently released Black Panther. The Marvel movie has been breaking records and is tearing up the box office. Additionally, Infinity War and Deadpool 2 come out this summer, ahead of Aquaman. These movies are not in direct competition, but it will be hard for the DCEU to compete with the MCU numbers.

It's reassuring to hear that the initial reviews for James Wan's Aquaman have been positive. Hopefully, Wan and the cast can deliver a movie that matches the excitement and success of Wonder Woman at the box office. Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman came out over the summer and was the highest grossing movie of the dull season that included Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. There's been a quite a few changes behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. and DC Films, so it will be interesting to see how the promotional campaign is handled for Aquaman. While we wait to find out, you can check out the reports from the Aquaman test screenings from the Batman News Twitter account.

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