While many of the future projects of the DC Extended Universe seem to have been stymied by behind the scenes, creative turmoil, Aquaman is soldiering on like a finely tuned motorboat or submarine. Production has finally begun on the film about the King of the Seven Seas, the bold new take on a character typically thought of as lame by any superhero standard, but in the hands of Jason Mamoa, Aquaman has taken in turn to the bad ass, and his solo adventure is one of the most anticipated superhero movies coming out next year.
Warner Bros. officially announced that production has begun on Aquaman on the Golden Coast of Queensland Australia this week under the leadership of director James Wan, who announced the start of production on “Ahab” in his own way on Twitter the day before.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 3, 2017
Warner Bros. also revealed the new logo at the top of this article, and confirmed the cast line-up. Along with Mamoa as Aquaman, the movie will feature Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, with Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman as Arthur’s parents Tom Curry and Atlanna. Momoa, of course, first appeared as Aquaman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Heard and Dafoe will debut as their Aquaman characters in this fall’s Justice League.
There’s still no official word on a plot for the film, but a casting call released seemed to indicate that the story will focus on Aquaman, the reluctant ruler of Atlantis, trying to stop a potential war between Atlanteans and surface dwellers when the ocean’s underwater citizens get fed up with people and their polluting ways. It sounds a bit like the “Throne of Atlantis” story arc from the New 52 Justice League comic, but things are obviously still uncertain in terms of what Aquaman will be about, at least from the outside looking in. We’ll keep you posted with the latest developments.
Aquaman will be in theatres everywhere on December 21, 2018.