Consistency has always been a problem the DC Extended Universe. From the very beginning, it started out rocky with Man of Steel. It was a downhill slide to the ill-conceived Dawn of Justice: Batman v Superman. Then came around Wonder Woman to save the day with her great standalone movie directed by Patty Jenkins. It was finally the movie that both audiences and critics could agree on. But, don’t forget about the horrendous Justice League that came out the same year, which felt like a giant step back for the series. And let’s just choose to forget about the villain spin-off Suicide Squad, that movie’s epic brand of badness is too much to dissect for this review.

Now here comes Aquaman. Needless to say, the newest entry of director James Wan’s take on underdog superhero of the DC comics is at least a step in the right direction. An epic B-movie if there ever was one, James Wan has a good grasp of the material here. He knows to keep it fun, even if there are parts of the story that feels a little overworked.

Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman) was introduced briefly in Dawn of Justice and worked into the Justice League. Now he gets his own proper screen treatment. Born half human and Atlantean to his mother Atlanna, a queen of the secret underwater nation. His dad, a Maine lighthouse keeper, rescues a washed up Atlanna in the movie’s opening. They fall in love and have their son Arthur. After Atlanna’s ocean people find out her whereabouts she has to abandon her human love, and newborn son to go back home to Atlantis for their safety.

Lucky for the audience the origin story for Aquaman is kept in brief snippets throughout. There’s really no need to take their time with origins since this is now the third appearance of him. Wan wisely knows to keep things moving in the story as Arthur finds more about the sea kingdom he’s from. Mera (Amber Heard) informs him of the upcoming war his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) is waging with the united sea kingdoms to take back planet earth from mortals. Now Arthur must step up to the plate to help stop the war and take back his rightful place on the throne. It’s a pretty straightforward “chosen one” plot that’s best for the audience to just go with, and not to ask too many questions. What unfolds is a fun ride that’s way better than it has a right to be.

What Wan really nails here is the visual look of the kingdom of Atlantis. The underwater sequences here look spectacular. There are a few misses in the script, mainly being the tacked-on appearance of Manta (Yahya Adul-Mateen II). Manta’s appearance feels almost to be an afterthought that feels like it’s only there as a set up for the inevitable sequel.

Jason Momoa feels at home in the role. Almost recalling the action hunks of the ’80s, when being a movie star called for giant muscles, and a lug charm. (Look for an appearance of Dolph Lundgren as Mera’s father). Momoa’s rough around the edges superhero feels appropriate, and thankfully the tone compliments him. While far from perfect Aquaman feels like it does its title character justice, and the final image of Momoa in the traditional green and orange suit feels nothing short of iconic.