Even with Momoa’s super-serious glower seen in these photos, there are elements of playfulness seen on set, which tend to translate onto the screen in some form or another. Even still, Aquaman has been largely marginalized as a hero who can only talk to fish — a fact which was played upon in the SDCC trailer — so the actor should be taking steps to solidify the hero’s status as a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, seeing Momoa rising from the icy arctic waters of Iceland certainly adds to the idea that Aquaman is no minor hero.
How that will eventually translate to the screen, however, is anyone’s guess. Snyder certainly has his work cut out for him, especially after fans have largely blamed him for the overall tone and missteps of the franchise thus far. But, it’s never too late to course correct, and the prospect of seeing all of these characters, Aquaman included, take the screen together for the first time might just be enough to win back a few detractors. And if WB is serious about correcting the tone then by this time next year we might just be having an entirely different conversation about the DCEU.