Aquaman: De-Marvelized Edition

Aquaman: De-Marvelized Edition

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Aquaman: De-Marvelized Edition
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Aquaman: Now with Less Cringe.
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2018
Original Running Time:
143
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
138
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Brief Synopsis:
This is a conservative fan edit that I feel greatly improves the tone and watching experience by removing a lot of the corny jokes and a few cheesy lines, and changing the color grade a bit so it isn't so oversaturated.
Intention:
Like many DC fans I enjoyed the overall story and visuals of the film, but was very frustrated to find so much out of place humor. Either the jokes went too long past what would have been a good punch line, were totally juvenile, or they undercut emotionally sincere moments because the film was afraid of being too serious. Plus, some of the soundtrack choices were pretty cringe-inducing.

I'm calling it the "De-Marvelized Edition," not because it felt 100% Marvel, but because I felt like the humor was an attempt to copy the Marvel formula of a dramatic scene coming to a full stop for a joke (bathos) rather than the humor flowing naturally, and was indicative of a "new direction" by the studio.

This fan edit attempts to correct that and provide a better watching experience for those who would have liked the material to be taken a little more seriously. I wasn't really interested in changing the flashback or story structure. This edit mainly focuses on tone. I'm trying to better capture the intended tone of "Arthurian Legend meets Indiana Jones meets Underwater Star Wars."
Additional Notes:
The source movie has the IMAX scenes intact, so aspect ratio will change periodically (black bars will be present in some scenes, but not others). Nothing has been cropped.
Other Sources:
Aquaman Soundtrack
Special Thanks:
Special Thanks to jswert123456 for the cover art help.
Release Information
  • AVI/MKV
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Cuts and Additions:
Cut:

- "...so you can KILL that sonuva bitch!" (Now cuts after "you need to live!" and the reason is implied rather than being so on the nose. Scene just feels better emotionally without that.)
- Biker selfies in the bar
- Arthur sniffs his armpits and winces
- "I already got one of those."
- Pros & Cons hologram screen before coliseum fight
- "We got a bogie on our six! BAD GUYS BEHIND US! AAAAAHHHHH!" (Seriously why is he this childishly scared)
- Mera telling Arthur to shut up.
- Arthur: "I just saved your life." Mera: "I saved yours first!"
- Ocean to Ocean by Pit Bull (replaced with more tonally appropriate "sahara desert" music, plus new sound fx)
- The Depeche Mode song during the Black Manta Suit Building Montage (replaced with more menacing music from the soundtrack and new sound fx)
- Arthur and Mera jumping out of the airplane.
- Arthur talking about jumping out of the airplane (since it was cut)
- "If you're the next true king we're screwed."
- "Could've just peed on it."
- "Something Something Trident"
- Mera and Arthur eating roses.
- The pinocchio book and more nagging from Mera.
- "Mi Scusi"
- The toilet bowl gag
- The exchange with his mother about needing a hero instead of a king. It was just way too on the nose. Now she asks him if he's afraid, he says yes, she tells him he's ready, then he goes in. We don't need to be spoon-fed the hero theme. We get it.
- Mera's "People of Atlantis" speech at the end. Her delivery was so cringy and forced she wasn't selling it. So now after they take away Orm, Nereus starts a "Hail to the King" chant and the moment doesn't seem as forced as before.

Added:

- Brand new color grading throughout to give this a more mature look, as I thought this movie was way oversaturated and bright AT TIMES. It isn't an extreme change, so don't worry. Everything still looks great.

User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0  (2)
Visual Editing 
 
10.0  (2)
Audio Editing 
 
9.5  (2)
Narrative 
 
9.0  (2)
Enjoyment 
 
9.5  (2)
(Updated: June 10, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

I personally adore the Aquaman we got, bright lighting and saturated colors and goofy humor and all, but much to my surprise, this was nowhere near as cringey as the title suggests it would. It's still the same movie, and it still has jokes, only a few have been cut out is all. The new color palette is also shockingly gorgeous as well. I liked this a lot.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
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MP4/AVI/etc. (HD)
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Overall rating 
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

I watched this in theaters with my brother and we couldn't stop laughing at how bad it was. Just as you are getting invested, the movie says or does something dumb/cringe-inducing. Now, through very incisive cutting, it makes for a much more even experience!

Now, fear not. This isn't a person trying to make the movie dark and depressing so that it feels more like part of the Snyder-verse. Not at all. The movie is still a fun, high action adventure film. It just feels more focused and tonally consistent.

The color correction reigns in the color a bit which I was apprehensive of at first because the movie shines in its big, bright spectacle. However, even though it's darker, I never felt like you were choking the life out of the picture. It still looked cinematic and comic booky; just with a slightly more mature tone. If I had to compare it to another DC movie it would be something like the tone of Wonder Woman.

There was one spot where I could notice a harsh audio cut but I can't remember exactly where it was. Other than that, it's seamless.

Well done!

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Yes
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MP4/AVI/etc. (HD)
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