With Wonder Woman less than a month away and Justice League wrapped up, Warner Bros. Pictures now have their sights set on the King of Atlantis, Aquaman. This classic DC Comics character has been ridiculed for years for his his misinterpreted ability to “talk to fish”. Director James Wan and Jason Mamoa, who will be playing the Arthur Curry are ready to elevate Aquaman’s superhero reputation. With that said, Warner Bros. Pictures has now announced the start of production for Aquaman.
Thanks to Slashfilm we have the press release from the studio:
PRODUCTION IS UNDERWAY ON WARNER BROS. PICTURESâ€™ SUPER HERO ACTION ADVENTURE â€œAQUAMAN.â€
Director James Wan and star Jason Momoa dive into the Super Heroâ€™s first-ever solo feature, along with cast mates Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and more
BURBANK, CA, May 3, 2017 â€“ Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Picturesâ€™ action adventure â€œAquaman,â€ helmed by James Wan (â€œThe Conjuringâ€ films, â€œFurious 7â€). Jason Momoa stars in the title role, returning to the character he plays in this fallâ€™s â€œJustice League.â€
The film also stars Amber Heard (â€œJustice League,â€ â€œMagic Mike XXLâ€) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (â€œPlatoon,â€ â€œSpider-Man 2â€) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (â€œStar Wars: Episode II â€“ Attack of the Clones,â€ â€œGreen Lanternâ€) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (â€œThe Expendablesâ€ films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (upcoming â€œBaywatch,â€ Netflixâ€™s â€œThe Get Downâ€) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (â€œThe Conjuringâ€ films, â€œWatchmenâ€) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (â€œThe Hours,â€ â€œLionâ€) as Atlanna.
The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Wanâ€™s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (â€œThe Conjuring 2,â€ â€œForrest Gumpâ€), his five-time editor Kirk M. Morri (â€œThe Conjuringâ€ films, â€œFurious 7,â€ the â€œInsidiousâ€ films) and production designer Bill Brzeski (â€œFurious 7â€). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (â€œThe Matrixâ€ trilogy; â€œThe Amazing Spider-Manâ€), along with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Charles Gibson (â€œPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Manâ€™s Chest,â€ â€œThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2â€) and VFX supervisor Kelvin McIlwain (â€œThe Fast and the Furiousâ€ franchise).As is fitting for the king of the sea, the shoot will take place mainly in locations spanning the stunning Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, with extensive filming to be accomplished at Village Roadshow Studios. The production will utilize the facilityâ€™s sprawling backlot and all nine VRS soundstages, including its newest, Stage 9, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Filming will
also take place in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia.
An icon for over 75 years, Aquaman is known by fans of DC Comics as the ruler of Atlantis but committed to protecting the entire globe, both land and sea.
Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters from DC.
Along with this the studio also released a new logo for Aquaman as can bee seen above. Director James Wan also posted a tweet about his first day of shooting.
With the critial reviews on all the DC films so far, will the production team for Aquaman make the necessary adjustments to please audiences? We have two DC films before this is released, so we’ll see if the DCEU can finally take off. My biggest curiosity is going to be how they handle the underwater scenes, that alone can easily destroy this film. What are your thoughts? Are you excited for the King of Atlantis? Is there anything in specific you would like to see in the film?
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