Did People Really Walk Out Of Test-Screenings For AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM?

Did People Really Walk Out Of Test-Screenings For AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM?

We had heard that test-screenings for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom didn't go over particularly well, but did people actually walk out? Two different sources have now weighed in...

By MarkCassidy - Sep 17, 2023 10:09 AM EST

Warner Bros. finally debuted a trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom this past Thursday, and the first footage from James Wan's sequel seemed to go over fairly well for the most part... especially taking some of the negative things we've heard about the movie into account.

Previous reports have indicated that Arthur Curry's second solo adventure is a bit of a mess, with some going so far as to describe it as an "unmitigated disaster." We do know that the film underwent several rounds of re-shoots (though Wan played this down in a recent interview), and there have been whispers about star Jason Momoa being vocal about how disappointed he was with how the sequel turned out.

Can it really be that bad? Like, walk out of a test screening bad? Apparently so!

We heard this had happened earlier this year, but didn't really buy it. However, Grace Randolph has now revealed that she was told the same thing, and insider MTTSH has backed her up.

How terrible of an experience must a person be having to get up and walk out of a free test screening? To be fair, even if this did happen, it may have been an earlier cut of The Lost Kingdom, so improvements may have been made for the theatrical version that'll be heading our way this December.

What do you make of this? Do you believe people left test-screenings of the Aquaman sequel? Drop us a comment down below, and have another look at the trailer.

"Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, no, after w balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin."

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EZBeast - 9/17/2023, 10:01 AM
Ot: minor story but Godzilla minus one will be the second longest film in the franchise. That is actually saying something when there are over 30 films.

MotherGooseUPus - 9/17/2023, 1:36 PM
@EZBeast - LOVE IT. I'm loving everything about this movie and could be the best Godzilla movie since 1985, which is my Fav toho one
EZBeast - 9/17/2023, 2:28 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - same man! I’m flying out to visit a friend and we’re seeing it the moment I land haha
MotherGooseUPus - 9/17/2023, 4:48 PM
@EZBeast - thats awesome. i doubt ill be there day1 but i will 100% be seeing this before it leaves theaters. been watching a ton of Godzilla movies on Pluto TV and im getting use to subtitles so thats a great news for when this comes out haha
Superheromoviefan - 9/17/2023, 10:04 AM
Randolph? so its pretty much bs
HeeroG - 9/17/2023, 10:10 AM
Randolph said it?
Did she tried to blame Jessica Chastain for it too?
tmp3 - 9/17/2023, 10:18 AM
These internet scoopers getting DESPERATE to pay rent. I used to hate them but now I just feel sad to see how hard they’re trying to get anyone to pay attention to them lol
ObserverIO - 9/17/2023, 10:20 AM
LIES!!!! AQUABROS UNITE! Grace Randolph is a witch! I hath seen her with the devil!!!!!!!!!!
DrReedRichards - 9/17/2023, 10:21 AM
There are no less than 6 levels of failure on display here:

A user on Twitter/X[1]with a Snyder[2] username and avatar asking scooper MTTSH[3] to confirm a rumor[4] earlier reported by Grace Randolph[5] about WB's DCEU[6] upcoming entry of Aquaman 2.

Baf - 9/17/2023, 10:25 AM
How terrible of an experience must a person be having to get up and walk out of a free test screening?

Because the event was free, Walking out shows that they didn't want to waste any more of their life watching that version of the movie. Time was their only investment and they chose to cash in.

However, not paying makes it easier to walk away. Not harder.
TheVisionary25 - 9/17/2023, 10:26 AM
Man , scooper culture is so annoying now.

What happened to just waiting and seeing the movie after which you can form your own opinion?.

I didn’t even care much for the first Aquaman but I do think this looks better imo , whether that is the case or not is a different story.

EskimoJ - 9/17/2023, 10:29 AM
I mean, technically, everybody walked out.
Origame - 9/17/2023, 10:31 AM
@EskimoJ - I didn't think of that. From the wording technically you could say they all "walked out" when the movie ended.
ReverseFlasher - 9/17/2023, 11:02 AM
@EskimoJ - ableist.

… jk ;)
EskimoJ - 9/17/2023, 1:54 PM
@ReverseFlasher - 😁 I actually thought of that while typing it, hoped nobody would notice. 🫠
Origame - 9/17/2023, 10:29 AM
Aren't these the same people claiming the movie has the aqua baby die when manta makes him suffocate by breathing air, even though the trailer clearly shows the baby fine on dry land?
GarthRanzz - 9/17/2023, 10:48 AM
@Origame - I mean thats exactly what happened in the comics so it would be so bad assed if they did that.
Origame - 9/17/2023, 11:06 AM
@GarthRanzz - I think that's debatable depending on the person. I've seen plenty of people here who would be turned off from the movie if it did happen. Most don't want to see baby torture/death in a fun blockbuster movie.

But that's besides the point. It's obviously wrong anyway because we see the baby breathing air just fine in the trailer and it's established in the first movie high born Atlantians like Arthur and Mera can breath air as well as water.
GarthRanzz - 9/28/2023, 1:16 AM
@Origame - I just feel the stakes arent high in these movies anymore. The only time anything major happens its because an actor is finished portraying a role like Logan or Tony Stark. I mean as much as we can all bag on Last Stand, at least it had some highly unpredictable deaths, much like Rachel's death in Dark Knight. Now if someone dies they are predictable cannon fodder...with I think the only exception being Rick Flag.
Origame - 9/28/2023, 4:34 AM
@GarthRanzz - yeah, but I've been saying since day one cinematic universes are more limiting than beneficial. It basically requires a bunch of low stakes filler movies
Amuro - 9/17/2023, 10:39 AM
"How terrible of an experience must a person be having to get up and walk out of a free test screening?"

Well, like in The Flash, at least they have a lot of good actors in it. At least, the CGI version of them.

Tasmaniac - 9/17/2023, 10:58 AM
@Amuro - Oh wow, the CGI in the Flash was SO bad 😣
Amuro - 9/17/2023, 11:12 AM
@Tasmaniac - And they're doing it again with Nicole Kidman.

Nolanite - 9/17/2023, 5:48 PM
@Amuro - Have you confirmed it is for a fact her?
Fehk off m8.
Nolanite out
Itwasme - 9/17/2023, 10:40 AM
There's still time to make changes after test screenings and sometimes it's something small that needs fixing - that's assuming this is even true.

People hated the Imcredibles in test screenings. They thought it was about an abusive relationship and didn't like the mom and dad. They changed only 5 seconds of film and all of those concerns went away.

Movies are weird and incredibly difficult to get right. Test screenings are part of the process to learn.
Itwasme - 9/17/2023, 10:42 AM
harryba11zack - 9/17/2023, 10:49 AM
Did People Really Walk Out Of Test-Screenings For AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM?.....why the hell u asking us? we don't know.
ShellHead - 9/17/2023, 10:50 AM
MyTimeToShineHello solo carrying content on this site
ReverseFlasher - 9/17/2023, 11:07 AM
Im surprised this doesnt happen more often in screenings like this… never been to one but they often describe entire sequences being storyboards etc…

The average moviegoer has no interest in watching movies in that unfinished state, and moreover, likely cant fill in the gaps and imagine it looking as good as it hopefully will when fully realized/completed.
MochaKing - 9/17/2023, 11:38 AM
I get it when few report the first screening may have turned bad and people left the screening. Maybe they might have shown Black Manta killing the Aquababy by torturing it, which maybe too much for people to get through.
MochaKing - 9/17/2023, 11:42 AM
Also Wan might have introduced more horror elements with the usage of Black Trident which turns aqua people into Trench beings... Maybe Body Horror went bit too much... just my guess. Probably all those things like killing baby and aqua People turning into Trench/or mauled by Trench have been toned down a bit. Story wise it is promising, mostly same story as first one but with different team up.
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