DC’s Aquaman isn’t hitting until the tail end of 2018, but the movie has already finished principal photography and the last steps of production are well under way. The movie’s far enough along that Warner Bros. is starting to run some test screenings. The word leaking out is very positive.

The Meet the Movie Press podcast from Popcorn Talk had host Jeff Sneider and Umberto Gonzalez talking about the movie.

“I heard it was great, man,” Gonzalez said. “Someone else told me it was a palette cleanser for them, for DC, what’s happened with the Zack Snyder films. So high hopes for that one and Shazam.”

Sneider said he’d heard that the movie plays out “like an Indiana Jones movie,” and added that the action in Aquaman “puts Wonder Woman and Justice League to shame.”

As Sneider points out, that makes sense. Along with tons of horror experience – the Saw, Insidious and Conjuring films – director James Wan also helped usher Furious 7 to a record-setting take in theaters in 2015.

With most of a year to wait for its theatrical release, Aquaman is sure to undergo tons of changes and tweaks before it gets in front of our eyes. For it to have such positive word this early seems like a good sign.

For all the criticism of Zack Snyder with regard to the Superman-centric movies that started the DCEU, his choice to cast Jason Momoa as Aquaman seems like an inspired choice.

While Aquaman is well-known in pop culture, it’s mostly as a dork who talks to fish. Jason Momoa, on the other hand, has established an aura of badass through roles like Conan of Cimmeria, Khal Drogo of the Dothraki, and he was one of the bright points of the middling Justice League in his debut as fish-talker Arthur Curry.

All of this positions Momoa to help rewrite the conversation around the character the same way Robert Downey Jr. helped elevate Iron Man from just another member of the Marvel universe to the headliner of the MCU, starring in three of his own films and leading another three-plus.

The DCEU is struggling, but it doesn’t have to be. More movies like Wonder Woman and hopefully the upcoming Aquaman and we could be back on track.

We’ll know more when Aquaman hits theaters on December 21. 2018.