Earlier today, while scrolling through Facebook, the social media platform asked me a question.
The question was as follows: Have you heard of the movie ‘Aquaman‘?
Have I heard of Aquaman?
The question was a paid poll, presumably by Warner Bros. Pictures, to check if Aquaman was on my radar. Of course, as someone who likes comic book movies and who writes about such things on his blog, I answered ‘yes’.
I appreciate Facebook asks many people many questions, but to date Facebook has never asked me if I’ve heard of a comic book movie before – and certainly not one that is considered a big release for Warner Bros.. This poll is being initiated to check if people (outside of the core fan base) are actually aware of this movie.
Are people not aware of this movie?
I appreciate people may not be aware this movie is out at the end of the year, but surely they know of its existence, right?
Aquaman is based on a character who was a core member of 2017’s Justice League (he featured on the poster)…
The release of the Aquaman movie is being marketed by a trailer which has been doing the rounds since July. The trailer was distributed on YouTube, was showcased at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 and has been popping up in cinemas ever since…
Aquaman is being marketed by a poster that has been shared via social media. Quite a number of entertainment websites showcased it last week…
The movie is currently being highlighted by a FIVE MINUTE clip that is available on YouTube. This extended clip has been shared via social media and was one of the main talking points of last weekend’s New York Comic Con 2018…
Surely people know about this movie?!
OK, I know that not everyone knows about Aquaman and I appreciate this sort of poll is standard practice in the movie biz, but even so, I simply didn’t expect to see this question pop up on my FB feed two months before the movie’s debut. Especially not considering the high profile/marketing it has already received.
Why am I starting to get worried that Warner Bros. Pictures is checking that people know about this movie? Are they concerned?
I don’t for one second believe that Warner Bros. Pictures has a stinker on its hands with Aquaman – far from it – but I am a little worried that the marketing campaign is perhaps not hitting its target audience. Either that or due to past misfires (Justice League, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad etc), the studio is starting to worry that no one will show up to see this movie.
To be fair, I’m a comic book/comic book movie fan and my interest in Aquaman isn’t high, but I’ll still go and watch it. Heck, the movie makes its theatrical debut the day before my birthday, so that’s a built-in cinema trip if ever there was one!
People are going to watch this movie, aren’t they?
OK, so for all those who AREN’T AWARE of Aquaman, the movie is directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willam Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren and Nicole Kidman. The film opens on December 21st and is yet another entry in Warner Bros. series of movies based on DC Comics characters.
If you need any more info, check out the two trailers in this post.