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HBO Max's 'Aquaman: King Of Atlantis' Trailer Makes A Splash

Let's be honest, Aquaman has always been seen as one of the sillier DC heroes. The undersea hero was something of a joke to many superhero fans who liked their heroes more on the grittier side. It's unlikely that even the people who made it could have predicted that the eventual Aquaman movie would rake in over a billion dollars worldwide, and was the most successful of all the films released so far in the DC Extended Universe by some margin. With the character having outgrossed the most recent Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Justice League movies, unsurprisingly DC wanted more Aquaman and announced a trilogy of animated movies for HBO Max.

Now that the first trailer is here for Aquaman: King Of Atlantis- and it might not exactly be what you were expecting. Rather than a take inspired by Jason Mamoa's more macho version of the soggy superhero this incarnation looks like it's going back to a goofier version of the character.

Taking a family-friendly approach, the event series uses a much more cartoony visual style than most of DC's animated output. This is a more playful take on the character that will tell an original story set in the early days of Aquaman's role as king of the undersea kingdom.

The three-part event begins on Aquaman’s first day on the job as King of Atlantis and he’s got a LOT of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the throne!
The mini-series will feature the voice talents of Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) as Aquaman himself Gillian Jacobs (Invincible, Community) as Mera, Thomas Lennon (Central Park, Jellystone) as Vulco and Dana Synder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) as Ocean Master. Victor Courtright (ThunderCats Roar!) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are showrunners and executive producers, and James Wan (director of the Aquaman movie) is also on board as an EP.

The first episode will arrive on October 14 On HBO Max, with the next two episodes arriving the following two weeks. Check out the trailer below.