San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Nicole Kidman, Jason Momoa and the “Aquaman” Cast Make a Splash

Posted on July 23, 2018

“Aquaman” stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the film.

Kittens, a group of uncommonly hot people stepped out on a stage in San Diego in order to sell their little fishman movie. None of that is particularly surprising if you know anything about Comic-Con, not to mention the fishman genre of films. What is surprising is how fun the fashions were. Of course the ladies dressed for a cocktail party/formal reception and the dudes all dressed for movie night, but that’s to be expected somewhat. And besides, the guys stayed true and on point, so it’s all good (it helps that they both fill out their outfits so wonderfully).


These sorts of shots aren’t exactly conducive to modeling a Dior gown or Elie Saab cocktail dress, but then again, that’s the risk a ladystar takes when she shows up at Comic-Con in high fashion. We, for our parts, respect and appreciate the effort, but a good deal of it is probably lost on the crowd. Personally, we love when SDCC attendees get more in the spirit of things than worry about their dresses, but Nicole and Amber shouldn’t be expected to show up in Squirrel Girl t-shirts if they don’t want to. It helps when a lady’s male co-star shows up having put as much thought into his look as hers, but let’s face it: anyone sharing a stage with Jason Momoa has to expect that he’s not going to show up in something cute and coordinated.

Anyway, Nicole’s dress is pretty and it suits her perfectly. We would’ve gently pushed her into a more graphic, high-contrast, sort of Disney-witch aesthetic that she tends to look great in and would’ve worked spectacularly in this setting. Amber’s look is a bit more generic, but she looks really cute and besides, girlfriend had to get on that stage not very long after her troubled ex Johnny Depp stood up there to promote Fantastic Beasts 2. We’re giving her a little leeway on the judging.

The Momoa remains The Momoa, of course; sui generis and hot as fuck. Does he want to wear his belt buckle on his hip for no reason? Would he like to step out in a shirt he bought out of a van in a parking lot after a concert? The answer to these questions will always be “yes,” because The Momoa should be free to work the kinds of looks and items that only The Momoa can work.

Patrick, we don’t know what we appreciate more; the commitment to remaining thematically appropriate, the fun colorful aspect, or the manspreading. Oh, who are we kidding? It’s the man-spreading, of course.

Poor Yahya. No less hot – and certainly no worse dressed – than his fellow males, but as is usually the case with these panels, the least well-known person up there tends to get ignore or wildly overshadowed. We like the color story, but we’re not feeling the shape of his pants or his shirt.


It seems to us this trailer got some wildly divergent reactions ranging from, “Is it me or does that look like a lot of fun?” to “Is it me or does that look like a lot of questionable dialogue and even more questionable CGI?” The answer is, you’re BOTH right! It does look like fun and it does also look a little like something Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be spoofing in about 25 years. Honestly, that description works just right for us. Aquaman is an inherently goofy character and they chose to cast him (rather brilliantly, we have to say) with a total surfer dude of an actor whose known way more for his body and his personality than he is for his thespian skills. This was never going to be Black Panther, but shooting straight down the middle between Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok strikes us as exactly the way to go. What can we say? We’re up for some spectacle and extreme hotness.


Style Credits:
Nicole Kidman: Christian Dior Dress with Belt from the Fall 2018 Collection
Amber Heard: Elie Saab Black Long-sleeve Dress from the Fall 2018 Collection

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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