Aquaman is one of the few DC Extended Universe films that is a sure thing. It’s shooting now, which means it’s far too late to pull the plug on this one – not that DC needs or wants to – and has a release date of December 21, 2018. James Wan of Insidious and The Conjuring fame is directing the film, starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman; his third appearance as the character after his brief cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and this November’s Justice League. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.
Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) also stars in the film as Murk. Lin was recently interviewed on Kiss Radio, and had this to say about how Aquaman is different than anything else in the DCEU:
“The difference between Aquaman and the other superheroes in the DC Universe, is that it exists almost in a different world. James Wan, our director, is amazing. He’s described his vision as ‘Star Wars underwater’ because it is! All the physics are different, their weapons are different, the characters are very unique. It’s just super cool.”
Out of all the DCEU, Atlantis will certainly feel the most alien – even more-so than Man of Steel’s Krypton – as it is set underwater and we will experience not only strange architecture and culture like Themyscira in Wonder Woman, but also the odd experience of seeing humans move differently and somehow speak underwater. Plus, there’s no telling how much of the film will be set underwater, whereas Man of Steel and Wonder Woman only spent the first act or so in their more alien environments.
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That being said, Lin forgets how different Krypton and Themyscira were. There was definite world building there, with fictional spaces given enough detail that you believe these places exist outside the film, which has always been key to Star Wars‘ success. I’m sure Aquaman will blow us all away next year, as I still can’t wrap my head around how they will realistically have humans talking underwater… and the rest of the film will be intriguing as well!
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Aquaman hits theaters on December 21, 2018.