Release Date: December 21, 2018
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach
Director: James Wan
Writer: Will Beall
Aquaman Movie Cast Stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry
Thanks to Aquaman cameoing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and having a starring role in this year’s Justice League, we’ve known for a few years now that Jason Momoa would be tackling the role of Arthur Curry. Because of the trailers for Justice League, we already know he’ll be a bit more rough around the edges than in the comics. That should, however, allow Momoa to make the role his own and help create a new generation of Aquaman fans.
Aquaman Movie Villains are Ocean Master and Black Manta
While we’ve known Aquaman’s half-brother Orm would be played in the film by Patrick Wilson, it was possible until recently that he was merely being set up as a future villain. It’s been confirmed, however, that Orm’s evil alter-ego Ocean Master would in fact arrive in the new movie. Meanwhile, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be playing long-time Aquaman archenemy Black Manta, meaning the king of Atlantis will have a lot on his hands.
Other Cast and Characters in Aquaman Movie
Though Aquaman is still over a year away, we know most of the principal cast at this point. Joining Momoa, Wilson, and Abdul-Mateen II will be Amber Heard as Mera. Arthur’s future queen and a powerful warrior in her own right, Mera will first show up in Justice League. The film will also see Willem Dafoe as science advisor Vulko, Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s father, and Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus of Xebel. Ludi Lin and Michael Beach, meanwhile, will appear in smaller roles.
Aquaman Movie Story
So far, there’s been no word on what the story of Aquaman will be, but we do have a few clues. Thanks to young actors being cast as Arthur Curry, we know at least some flashbacks to the hero’s early days will be featured. We also recently learned the monsters of the Trench might be in the film. First introduced during the New 52 run of Aquaman in the comics, they could point to a partial adaptation of the Throne of Atlantis event that saw Orm bringing Atlantis to war with the surface world.
Read More: Aquaman May Feature Trench Monsters
Aquaman Movie Trailer is a Few Months Away
With filming having only recently begun and Aquaman’s release date set for next December, a trailer is still a little ways off. That said, we should get a teaser before too long—possibly even attached to Justice League in November. By then, a good amount of filming should be completed and a look at the movie should arrive. After all, there was already enough footage last month for a brief screening at Comic-Con. And while we won’t get a chance to see that footage, it should mean a teaser should surface before too long.
Read More: Aquaman SDCC Footage Description
Returning DCEU Characters in the Aquaman Movie
As of now, the only DCEU characters that look to feature in Aquaman are the ones from his own world. Still, a number of them will appear later this year in Justice League. Along with Aquaman, Justice League will introduce us to Mera. Likely, she’ll play a key role in the battle. We’ll also see Willem Dafoe’s Vulko, though the size of his part is unknown. There’s a good chance, however, that one or more DCEU character will have a cameo in Aquaman, likely in a post-credits scene.
Where the Aquaman Movie Exists in the DCEU Timeline
Like the solo movies that followed The Avengers, Aquaman will take place after the events of Justice League. As a result, we should see the king dealing with the consequences of what transpired in the film and maybe even getting a helping hand from some of his fellow heroes. With the likelihood of flashbacks, however, we’ll also see events in the life of Aquaman and Atlantis long before the League came together.
Aquaman Movie May be Rated R
Following the success of Deadpool and then Logan, the big question for movie studios became whether they’d make an R-Rated superhero film. Warner Bros. has said that R-Rated DCEU movies are in the cards and Aquaman seems like a solid candidate. The R rating would allow the film to push things further and establish a tone apart from most other superhero movies. And it’s not as if Aquaman has a lot of young fans that need to be considered.
Read More: WB Head Says R-Rated DCEU Movies are Likely
Aquaman Movie Poster is Not Available Yet
No official Aquaman poster has been released yet, but it will probably arrive around the time of the teaser. With over a year gap between Justice League and Aquaman, we’ll likely see the window filled with promotional material. Still, the announcement of Momoa as Aquaman was followed by a poster for Justice League that revealed the character’s armor and functions as a placeholder poster. We also got a look at the official logo for the film when production began recently.
Read More: Aquaman Reveals Official Movie Logo
Aquaman Movie Differences from the Comics
Until we know more about the story of Aquaman, most changes from the comics seem to merely be from costume adjustments. Still, Mera looks strikingly similar to her comic counterpart. Vulko, however, looks a good bit different. Momoa’s Aquaman, meanwhile, falls somewhere in between. There’s also rumors that the relationship between Mera and Nereus will be changed to a familial one, something that could have more story resonance than their pairing in the comics did.
Aquaman Movie Director is James Wan
After kicking off the Saw, Conjuring, and Insidious horror franchises, Wan jumped to big budget action filmmaking with Furious 7. Thanks to his varied background and career as a director, producer, and writer, Wan is certainly a unique get for WB. There’s no telling how his skills will translate to an aquatic superhero film, but we can certainly expect plenty of sinister characters and lots of action. Wan will also rely as much as he can on practical effects, while using CGI for the film’s extensive underwater sequences. Handled correctly, Aquaman could be quite an intriguing entry into the DCEU.
Aquaman Movie Writer is Will Beall
A relative newcomer, Will Beall will handle the screenplay for Aquaman based on a story by DC head Geoff Johns and director James Wan. After writing and serving as story editor for a number of years on Castle, Beall scripted 2013’s Gangster Squad. From there, he went quiet until this year when his adaptation of Training Day arrived on TV. While his lack of experience makes it difficult to judge the work he’ll do on Aquaman, the involvement of Johns and Wan will likely have a big impact on the finished product.
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