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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.
Following the events of Justice League, Arthur 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.
- Jason Momoa as Orin/Arthur Curry/Aquaman
- Amber Heard as Mera
- Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko
- Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master
- Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane/Black Manta
- Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna
- Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry
- Ludi Lin as Captain Murk
- Michael Beach as Jesse Kane
- Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin
- Djimon Hounsou as the Fisherman King
- Natalia Safran as the Fisherman Queen
- Sophia Forrest as the Fisherman Princess
- Graham McTavish as Atlan
- Great white sharks
- Hammerhead sharks
- Sea dragons
- Giant turtles
- Giant Crab
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. 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. Aquaman will be the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe, with Jason Momoa starring.
Originally, the studios were considering Jeff Nichols, Noam Murro and Karl Urban to direct the film, On April 10, 2015 James Wan was reported to be the frontrunner to direct the film, before later closing the deal. Wan will also write the film along with Will Beall.
Pre-production said to start before Christmas of 2016 In Queensland, Australia where filming will begin in 2017.  In December, it was announced that the film's working title was "Ahab". 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. She was confirmed in the role several months later. It was announced that Aquaman will be set after Justice League and it won't be an origin story.
James Wan also revealed that he choose to direct Aquaman over The Flash. On July 22, 2016, Will Beall was confirmed to be writing the film, based on a story treatment written by Wan and Johns. It was reported on August 10, 2016 that Black Manta will serve as the film's primary antagonist.
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". Aquaman entered pre-production in Queensland, Australia in November 2016 with filming to begin in 2017. On December 2, 2016, Warner Bros. announced a new release date of October 5, 2018.
Patrick Wilson was cast as Orm on December 12, 2016, and Keir Beck and his stunt team were confirmed to work on the film on December 29, 2016. On January 31, 2017, Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II were reportedly cast as Queen Atlanna and Black Manta, respectively. On February 3, 2017, Temuera Morrison was cast as Aquaman's father, Thomas Curry.. On the 20th of February it was announced by James Wan that Don Burgess will be the cinematographer for the movie. On March 16, it was announced that the movie will be delayed from the October release date, to December 21, 2018. On 23 August 2017, it's been confirmed that the film will run on a $160 million budget.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Jason Momoa reveals that the film will get into ocean pollution. 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."
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|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|