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"I'm no leader. I came because I have no choice. I came to save my home and the people that I love."
"You think you're unworthy to lead because you're of two different worlds. But that is exactly why you are worthy!
Arthur Curry and Mera[src]

Aquaman is an upcoming 2018 superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is a sequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, and is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe. Aquaman is due to be released on December 21, 2018.[6]


Following the events of Justice LeagueArthur Curry, the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is caught in a battle between surface dwellers that threaten his oceans and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.






Sentient species




Aquaman crew

Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, James Wan and Jason Momoa.

Warner Bros. had reportedly been hearing pitches from various writers for an Aquaman movie and writer/producer Geoff Johns told Variety that Aquaman is a priority character for DC and Warner.[27] On 13 August 2014, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that both Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad have been hired by Warner Bros. to pen separate screenplays for Aquaman and will pick which is deemed best to make into a movie.[28] Aquaman will be the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe, with Jason Momoa starring.[29]

Originally, the studios were considering Jeff Nichols, Noam Murro and Karl Urban to direct the film,[30] On April 10, 2015 James Wan was reported to be the frontrunner to direct the film,[31] before later closing the deal.[1] Wan will also write the film along with Will Beall.[3]

Pre-production said to start before Christmas of 2016 In Queensland, Australia where filming will begin in 2017. [32] In December, it was announced that the film's working title was "Ahab".[33] Amber Heard was reported to be in talks to portray the role of Mera in January 2016 in both Aquaman and the two-part Justice League.[34] She was confirmed in the role several months later.[35] It was announced that Aquaman will be set after Justice League and it won't be an origin story.[36]

James Wan also revealed that he choose to direct Aquaman over The Flash.[37] On July 22, 2016, Will Beall was confirmed to be writing the film, based on a story treatment written by Wan and Johns.[38] It was reported on August 10, 2016 that Black Manta will serve as the film's primary antagonist.[39]

James Wan is aiming for a film that is a "swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story. A quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone and there will be a dynamic between Arthur and Mera start off as a love-hate relationship where they don't quite click and as time goes by and they try to work together they get closer and closer".[40] Aquaman entered pre-production in Queensland, Australia in November 2016[41] with filming to begin in 2017.[42] On December 2, 2016, Warner Bros. announced a new release date of October 5, 2018.[43]

Patrick Wilson was cast as Orm on December 12, 2016,[44] and Keir Beck and his stunt team were confirmed to work on the film on December 29, 2016.[45] On January 31, 2017, Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II were reportedly cast as Queen Atlanna and Black Manta, respectively.[15] On February 3, 2017, Temuera Morrison was cast as Aquaman's father, Thomas Curry.[17]. On the 20th of February it was announced by James Wan that Don Burgess will be the cinematographer for the movie.[46] On March 16, it was announced that the movie will be delayed from the October release date, to December 21, 2018.[6] On 23 August 2017, it's been confirmed that the film will run on a $160 million budget.[47]

In an interview with CinemaBlend, Jason Momoa reveals that the film will get into ocean pollution.[48] Momoa went on to explain that the real-life issues of pollution and contamination of the sea will factor into the film's depiction of the conflict between the surface and Atlantis, "and how he has to bring these two worlds together. Because you're going to see this ocean world, which [humans] just pollute, and how do these people feel underwater with what the land does to the ocean. And this war that is going to come between the two, and I'm the only one that can link the two. He has to do it. He doesn't want to do it."[49]


Promotional images

Promotional stills

Behind the scenes

Concept artwork



  1. 1.0 1.1 "James Wan Closes Deals to Direct 'Aquaman' and 'Robotech'" - The Hollywood Reporter
  2. "EW's Aquaman cover has a sopping wet Jason Momoa" - Entertainment Weekly
  3. 3.0 3.1 "'Aquaman' Movie Hooks 'Gangster Squad' Writer (Exclusive)" - The Hollywood Reporter
  4. "Aquaman's Patrick Wilson Steps Up to Defend The Film's Villains On Twitter" - Comic Book
  5. "‘Wonder Woman’ composer Rupert Gregson-Williams confirmed for ‘Aquaman’" - Batman-News
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "‘Aquaman’ Swims To Christmas 2018 Date Where ‘Avatar 2’ Was" - Deadline Hollywood
  7. "It’s Official: Jason Momoa is ‘Aquaman’; Solo Movie Coming 2018" - ScreenRant
  8. "Aquaman Movie Lands Amber Heard as Mera" -
  9. "EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard Confirms Her 'Aquaman' Role in 'Justice League', Dishes on 'Interesting' Mera Costume" - Entertainment Tonight
  10. "Willem Dafoe: ‘I’m seduced by strong directors … I like the crazy ones’" - The Guardian
  11. "Patrick Wilson To Play ‘Aquaman’s Evil Half-Brother ORM" - Deadline Hollywood
  12. "Dolph Lundgren Joins Jason Momoa in 'Aquaman' (Exclusive)" - The Hollywood Reporter
  13. "'Aquaman' Finds Its Black Manta Villain With 'Get Down' Actor (Exclusive)" - The Hollywood Reporter
  14. "Aquaman exclusive: First look at Black Manta" - Entertainment Weekly
  15. 15.0 15.1 "James Wan’s ‘Aquaman’ Casts Black Manta and Queen Atlanna, the Title Hero’s Mother" - Collider
  16. "Aquaman casting calls and auditions" - Acting Auditions
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Temuera Morrison Joins ‘Aquaman’ As The Hero’s Father" - Heroic Hollywood
  18. "‘Aquaman’: ‘Power Rangers’ Star Ludi Lin Joins Jason Momoa In DC Comics Pic" - Deadline Hollywood
  19. "Michael Beach Joins Warner Bros’ ‘Aquaman’" - Deadline Hollywood
  20. James Wan (@creepypuppet) - Twitter
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Aquaman reveals first look at the exotic Fisherman King" - Entertainment Weekly
  22. Graham McTavish (@grahammctavish) - Twitter
  23. 23.0 23.1 "AQUAMAN: Everything The Latest Issue Of Entertainment Weekly Tells Us About The Movie - SPOILERS" - Comic Book Movie
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 "Aquaman: First look at Atlantis warriors riding great white sharks" - Entertainment Weekly
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 "DC team breaks silence on James Wan's Aquaman: 'It's extraordinary'" - Entertainment Weekly
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Everything The Aquaman Set Visit Reports Tell Us About The Movie" - ScreenRant
  27. "DC Wants Aquaman To Make A Bigger Splash" - Variety
  28. "Two Aquaman Scripts In Development" - Bam Smack Pow
  29. "DC Comics Movies Announced: ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Justice League,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Aquaman’" - /Film
  30. "Jeff Nichols, Noam Murro and Karl Urban eyed for Aquaman" - GamesRadar+
  31. "Furious 7 Director James Wan Is The Frontrunner To Helm Aquaman" - We Got This Covered
  32. "Amber Heard Coming Back To Australia For An Extended Stay To Film Aquaman" - The Daily Telegraph
  33. "Aquaman Movie Gets a Working Title" - ScreenRant
  34. "Amber Heard in Talks for ‘Aquaman’ Female Lead (Exclusive)" - Variety
  35. "EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard Confirms Her 'Aquaman' Role in 'Justice League', Dishes on 'Interesting' Mera Costume" - Entertainment Tonight
  36. "The Great Comic-Book Movie Debate" - The Wall Street Journal
  37. "James Wan On ‘The Conjuring 2’ And Choosing Between Directing Aquaman Or The Flash" - Uproxx
  38. "'Aquaman' Movie Hooks 'Gangster Squad' Writer (Exclusive)" - The Hollywood Reporter
  39. "‘Aquaman’ Villain Revealed (Exclusive)" - The Wrap
  40. "AQUAMAN: Wan Promises An Epic Love Between Arthur And Mera" - lrmonline
  41. "DC Comics Aquaman coming to Gold Coast with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe" -
  42. "AQUAMAN: Where Will James Wan’s DC Movie Be Filming?" - lrmonline
  43. "‘Aquaman’ To Swim Into Theaters October 2018" - Deadline Hollywood
  44. "Patrick Wilson To Play ‘Aquaman’s Evil Half-Brother ORM" - Deadline Hollywood
  45. "‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ stunt team to work on ‘Aquaman’ in Australia" - Batman-News
  46. James Wan (@creepypuppet) - Twitter
  47. "Hollywood blockbuster Aquaman boosts North Stradbroke Island's economy" - Redland City Bulletin
  48. "Aquaman Is Going To Get Into Ocean Pollution" - CINEMABLEND
  49. "'Aquaman's Jason Momoa Explains How Zack Snyder Hired Him" - Comic Book

Films in the DC Extended Universe
Films Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Suicide Squad | Wonder Woman | Justice League
Upcoming films Aquaman | Shazam! | Wonder Woman 1984 | Birds of Prey | Cyborg | Green Lantern Corps
Announced films Batgirl | The Batman | Black Adam | Blackhawk | Deathstroke film | Flash | Gotham City Sirens | Joker film | Justice League Dark | Justice League sequel | Lobo | Man of Steel sequel | The New Gods | Nightwing | Suicide Squad 2 | Supergirl film