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​Aquaman Set To Be DC's Biggest Earning Release Since The Dark Knight

​Aquaman Set To Be DC's Biggest Earning Release Since The Dark Knight

Super hero blockbuster Aquaman, which is released on December 14 in the UK, is set to be the highest-earning DC film since The Dark Knight - tipped to topple the £120m made in the Batman film's opening weekend.

The Batman epic has gone on to make more than £782m internationally - which DC will be hoping to surpass with their latest Justice League spin off film.

The star of the film is native Hawaiian brute Jason Mamoa, who before joining the DCEU was best known for his role as Khal Drogo in 'Game of Thrones'.

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Alongside hype for the new film comes strong fan theories that his GoT character may still be alive after his death in the first season - and make a return in the upcoming season 8, which airs in April 2019.

Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in 'Game of Thrones'. Credit: HBO
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in 'Game of Thrones'. Credit: HBO

Reasons for the chatter around a GoT return include the fact that he has come back in dreams before - the same force that brought Jon Snow back to life - Daenerys has not found a new love, and that there was magic involved in his death...which could turn around to bring him back.

In an recent interview on This Morning, Mamoa revealed he was first cast for the Aquaman role in 2013, having to keep it quiet for two years before the official announcement.

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As well as having a huge fan base already - and being a genuinely nice bloke off screen - Momoa's emergence could also be an unexpected be a landmark for the DC universe.

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Making his first appearance in 1967, the enemy is the longest running nemesis in the Aquaman mythos, adding even more viewing value to the hardcore DC fans.

Critics are already hailing the film is a 'fun and wild ride', with the largest sense of scale imaginable, providing a different tone to the DCEU - with most critics and fans saying it's a step in the right direction for Marvel's competitors.

That positive opinion seems to be shared by a large number of reviewers, which has landed the movie a massive 97 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes after more than 10,500 votes. Gamespot has even compared it to the MCU phase one Thor movie - 'big, creative and crazy'.

Aquaman hits UK cinemas on December 14.

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Words by Tom Court.

Featured Image Credit: DC

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Aquaman, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Marvel, Game of Thrones, Films, Batman

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