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Aquaman is an upcoming superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Jason Momoa reprises his role of Aquaman from previous films in the DC Extended Universe, and will be joined by Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Aquaman is directed by James Wan, and is due to be released on December 21, 2018.


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.[6] 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.[7] Aquaman will be the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe, with Jason Momoa starring.[8]

Originally, the studios were considering Jeff Nichols and Noam Murro to direct the film,[9] On April 10, 2015 James Wan was reported to be in talks to direct the film,[10] 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. [11] In December, it was announced that the film's working title was "Ahab."[12] 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.[13] She was confirmed in the role several months later.[14] It was announced that Aquaman will be set after Justice League and it won't be an origin story.[15]

James Wan also revealed that he choose to direct Aquaman over The Flash.[16] On July 22, 2016, Will Beall was confirmed to be writing the film, based on a story treatment written by Wan and Johns.[17] It was reported on August 10, 2016 that Black Manta will serve as the film's primary antagonist.[18]

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."[19] Aquaman entered pre-production in Queensland, Australia in November 2016 [20] with filming to begin in 2017.[21] On December 2, 2016, Warner Bros. announced a new release date of October 5, 2018.[22]

Patrick Wilson was cast as Ocean Master on December 12, 2016,[23] and Keir Beck and his stunt team were confirmed to work on the film on December 29, 2016.[24] On January 31, 2017, Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II were reportedly cast as Queen Atlanna (Aquaman's mother) and Black Manta (one of Aquaman's classic villains), respectively.[25] On February 3, 2017, Temuera Morrison was cast as Aquaman's father, Thomas Curry.[26]. On the 20th of February it was announced by James Wan that Don Burgess will be the cinematographer for the movie.[27] On March 16, it was announced that the movie will be delayed from the October release date, to December 21, 2018.[5] On 23 August 2017, it's been confirmed that the film will run on a $160 million budget.[28]

In an interview with CinemaBlend, Jason Momoa reveals that the film will get into ocean pollution.[29] 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."


Aquaman crew

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



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Promotional images

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  1. 1.0 1.1 James Wan Closes Deals to Direct 'Aquaman' and 'Robotech' - The Hollywood Reporter
  2. ‘Aquaman’ producer says director James Wan is a serious fan (video)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Aquaman' Movie Hooks 'Gangster Squad' Writer (Exclusive)
  4. Aquaman's Patrick Wilson Steps Up to Defend The Film's Villains On Twitter -
  5. 5.0 5.1 ‘Aquaman’ Swims To Christmas 2018 Date Where ‘Avatar 2’ Was - Deadline
  6. DC Wants Aquaman To Make A Bigger Splash
  7. Two Aquaman Scripts In Development
  8. DC Comics Movies Announced: ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Justice League,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Aquaman’
  9. Exclusive: A New Director Emerges for 'Aquaman'
  10. James Wan In Talks To Helm 'Aquaman' Movie
  11. Amber Heard Coming Back To Australia For An Extended Stay To Film Aquaman
  12. Aquaman Movie Gets a Working Title
  13. Amber Heard in Talks for ‘Aquaman’ Female Lead (Exclusive)
  14. EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard Confirms Her 'Aquaman' Role in 'Justice League', Dishes on 'Interesting' Mera Costume
  15. The Great Comic-Book Movie Debate
  16. James Wan On ‘The Conjuring 2’ And Choosing Between Directing Aquaman Or The Flash
  17. 'Aquaman' Movie Hooks 'Gangster Squad' Writer (Exclusive)
  18. ‘Aquaman’ Villain Revealed (Exclusive)
  19. Aquaman: Wan Promises An Epic Love Between Arthur And Mera
  20. DC Comics Aquaman coming to Gold Coast with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe
  21. Aquaman: Where Will James Wan's DC Movie Be Filming?
  22. ‘Aquaman’ To Swim Into Theaters October 2018
  23. Patrick Wilson To Play ‘Aquaman’s Evil Half-Brother ORM
  24. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ stunt team to work on ‘Aquaman’ in Australia
  25. 25.0 25.1 James Wan’s ‘Aquaman’ Casts Black Manta and Queen Atlanna, the Title Hero’s Mother
  26. 26.0 26.1 Temuera Morrison Joins ‘Aquaman’ As The Hero’s Father
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  29. Aquaman Is Going to Get Into Ocean Pollution
  30. "It’s Official: Jason Momoa is ‘Aquaman’; Solo Movie Coming 2018" - Screenrant
  31. "Aquaman Movie Lands Amber Heard as Mera" -
  32. "EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard Confirms Her 'Aquaman' Role in 'Justice League', Dishes on 'Interesting' Mera Costume" - Entertainment Tonight
  33. "Willem Dafoe: ‘I’m seduced by strong directors … I like the crazy ones’" - The Guardian
  34. "Patrick Wilson To Play ‘Aquaman’s Evil Half-Brother ORM" - Deadline
  35. "'Aquaman' Finds Its Black Manta Villain With 'Get Down' Actor (Exclusive)" - The Hollywood Reporter
  36. "Aquaman casting calls and auditions" - Acting Auditions
  37. Dolph Lundgren Joins Jason Momoa in 'Aquaman' (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
  38. "‘Aquaman’: ‘Power Rangers’ Star Ludi Lin Joins Jason Momoa In DC Comics Pic" - Deadline
  39. "Michael Beach Joins Warner Bros’ ‘Aquaman’" - Deadline
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  41. Graham McTavish (@grahammctavish) - Twitter

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 II | Cyborg | Green Lantern Corps | Birds of Prey
Announced films Batgirl | The Batman | Black Adam | Flashpoint | Gotham City Sirens | Justice League sequel | Justice League Dark | Man of Steel sequel | Nightwing | Suicide Squad 2 | Deathstroke