‘Aquaman’: 50 Things to Know about James Wan’s Ambitious Spin on a Superhero Movie
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) are on the hunt for an ancient artifact. As the two search the globe, they eventually end up in the desert, in a mysterious room below the surface. As they bicker about where they are and what they need to do, a mysterious opening in the floor slides to the left to reveal a bottle with a message inside. A moment later, director James Wan calls cut.
Last year, right after Comic-Con, a few other online reporters and I got to travel to the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, to visit the set of Aquaman when the film was in the middle of shooting. While there I learned so much about the next DC superhero movie, and I can say with absolute certainty Aquaman is going to be a cool film.
Unlike some of the previous DC films, James Wan is making his version of a superhero movie, which includes a fun tone (think Romancing the Stone and Raiders of the Lost Ark) and taking place in a lighter universe. Now before you start to think Wan is leaving his horror past behind, Aquaman is going to have a sequence or two that will creep you out. In addition, while looking at all the concept art and seeing how they are bringing Atlantis to life, I left the visit thinking they were doing everything right, and I’m beyond excited to see the finished film.
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Despite the DCEU's ups and downs, fans remain committed to the franchise, and are always hoping for the best. DC's next shot at redemption comes with next month's Aquaman solo movie, featuring Jason Momoa reprising the role he previously played in Justice League. While fans had many complaints about Justice League, Momoa's performance wasn't one of them. Reaction to the trailers and marketing so far has been fairly positive, and if nothing else, director James Wan's film looks to be a visual feast. Aquaman swims into theaters on December 21 (with the usual preview screenings on the 20th), but according to Rerelease News, Amazon Prime subscribers will be offered the chance to screen the film 5 days prior to that, on Saturday, December 15.
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