I know this isn’t the type of scene you’re talking about, because it isn’t necessarily sad. But this scene, this scene right here, did it for me:
Let me give you some context:
I’ve been a die-hard Aquaman fan for about 30 years now. Not only did I suffer ridicule for being a nerd in the 90s (it wasn’t as widely accepted back then as it is now), I also received ridicule from the comic book community for being an Aquaman fan. The ridicule resurfaced about 10 years ago, when the internet jokes seemed to spike. But other than that, all of the most popular heroes from my childhood have received live action franchises(Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine), and I was convinced that I would never get an live action Aquaman movie.
Then…Justice League happened, it wasn’t a solo film, but it was a start. I finally saw Aquaman on screen!
Then, the solo Aquaman movie happened. I was terrified going into this movie. I was praying to the movie gods “Please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck”. Everyone knows me as the Aquaman guy. If this movie bombs, I will have to change my identity and move to another country.
The movie didn’t suck
In fact, it was glorious!
I’m sure there are things wrong with it, but for me, it was the greatest thing I had ever seen on screen. Everything was so bright and vibrant, this was the world of Aquaman. This was Atlantis! Everything from riding seahorses to comic book accurate costumes, were ripped straight from the comic books. They didn’t try to make it realistic, that would not have worked for Aquaman.
Then, that final scene happened. He narrates about who he is, and what he stands for, and then leaps out of the ocean in his glorious comic book accurate costume in a pose that can only be described as a comic book splash page, and said the words “I Am Aquaman”.
Every ounce of manly composure that I thought I had went straight out the window. At this point, I am bawling in the theater. My face is soaking wet with tears just pouring down my face. It had finally happened. After 3 decades of seeing every A, B, and C list hero(and some villains) get solo live action movies before a founding member of the Justice League, I finally got my Aquaman movie.
Not only that, but it didn’t suck. They did him justice, it was glorious. It was everything I wanted and more.
Then, in the bottom right corner of the screen, I saw Geoff Johns name.
With tears streaming down my face, I said “God Bless You, Geoff Johns, God Bless You”
Sorry about the long post, that was a very emotional day for me. I teared up a bit just writing this. Lol