Prop Bet: Will Tide Of Viewer Reaction To 'Aquaman' Be High Or Low?

Kim MacCormack

Thursday, November 22, 2018 3:19 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 3:19 PM UTC

Can "Aquaman" keep afloat DC's superhero movie franchise? A prop bet is anticipating moviegoer's reaction to the lastest superhero film set for release in the U.S. on Dec. 21. 

“Aquaman” swims into theaters later this month and the final trailer, released recently, is giving skeptical fans hope that all might not be drowning in the DC Universe. And, yes, there's a way to bet on the success of the movie.

When this flick was first announced, there was a mix of anticipation and dread.

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The fans have evidence to support their fears. Whether it’s choosing Ben Affleck to play Batman or Henry Cavill’s Superman practically becoming a supporting character (and possibly out forever?), the DC Extended Universe movie franchise seems to have divided this base rather than bring it together.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the review-aggregation website of movies and TV, DC superhero movies have garnered mixed results with overwhelming poor critical reviews and decidedly warmer audience reaction. Only “Wonder Woman” had a large positive consensus score.

  • “Man of Steel” (2013) – 56% critics, 75% audience
  • “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” – 27% critics, 63% audience
  • “Suicide Squad” – 27% critics, 60% audience
  • “Wonder Woman” – 93% critics, 88% audience
  • “Justice League” – 40% critics, 74% audience

It also doesn’t help that DC will forever be judged against the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that frankly, is light years ahead and in Phase Three of its roll-out.

Since 2008, with the release of “Iron Man” to 2018’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Marvel has had a mindboggling 20 movies in theaters. This year alone had two other huge Marvel releases, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther,” a genre breaker that may have Oscar “Best Picture” hopes.

Seriously, this is the perfect time for Warner Bros. and DC to ride a wave to box office success and moviegoer excitement with a stellar movie especially since several Marvel superheroes literally disappeared in “Avengers: Infinity War” and several actors, including Chris Evans as Captain America, moving on after “Avengers 4,” scheduled for release on May 3.

Warner Bros. is counting on “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa as the superhero and the birthright King of Atlantis, to turn the tide from “Justice League,” the lowest grossing movie in the DCEU.

That’s a lot to put on Aquaman’s very sturdy shoulders.

But with reach new trailer release for “Aquaman,” hope grows. So much so that it’s prompted a prop bet on MyBookie on its opening weekend score. The choice for bettors is 'Over' a 73.5 score at -110 and 'Under' a 73.5 score at -130.

Watching the 2 ½ minute trailer, reading fan reaction to the trailer and scouring Twitter for comments of people who have seen a test screening we think it will be close to hitting or exceeding the 73.5 score. But it will not reach “Wonder Woman” heights.

The trailer has an extended look at Atlantis and it really appears to be enchantment under the sea with rich, vibrant colors, sea life, sibling conflict with Jason Patrick as Orm, Nicole Kidman kicking butt as Aquaman's mom, Atlanna, and did we mention Jason Momoa? Yeah, we know we did.

People who saw a test screening say “Aquaman” compares easily to films early in the Marvel franchise but with the lightness and humor of “Thor: Ragnorok.” We call that a marked improvement.

We’re also excited about Willem Dafoe has Vulko, Aquaman/Arthur Curry’s teacher and mentor. Director James Wan has said he thinks of Vulko as the Obi-Wan or Mr. Miyagi of the film.

Can you wax on, wax off underwater?

Free Entertainment Pick: Over 73.5 ScoreBest Line Offered: MyBookie
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