The Art and Making of Aquaman: Exclusive Artwork

There was a time when even making a movie starring Aquaman seemed impossible. But the dream has become a reality, and is looking to be one of DC's most successful movies to date. Which means an entire new wave of moviegoers will leave the theater craving insights into how director James Wan brought such a vision to life. So the arrival of The Art and Making of Aquaman book from Insight Editions couldn't come at a better time, releasing January 1st, 2019.

Every moviegoers is sure to have their favorite location from the Aquaman movie, favorite action sequence, or favorite type of underwater architecture and kingdom (since the movie travels to a few). Just as many will want to know how horror veteran James Wan brought these underwater creatures to life. There are the twisted, once-Atlantean Trench, the armor, crab-like Brine, and two hours' worth of even more monsters, beasts, and crustaceans the natural world could only dream of. Which makes a 'making of' art book even more appealing than usual.

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We have an exclusive look at several spreads from this Aquaman art collection. Below is the cover and three pages featuring artwork of Arthur Curry's first encounter with a Russian submarine, the Gateway Bridge into the capitol of Atlantis, and more.


James Wan:

"I'm a big fan of world creation. I want this, in some ways, to be like my Star Wars in that you're creating really interesting characters. You're creating really interesting scenarios and these huge, huge world, from a design standpoint. You're only limited by your own imagination.

James Wan:

"I wanted to be very respectful, because I know he's been living with this a long time. And here I am, the director coming in, I didn't want to freak him out too much."

The image that will stand out from the batch depicts the ancient entrance to Atlantis, one of the greatest relics continued from the time before Atlantis sank. The massive statues of Atlantean warriors watching over the city are the focal point, but the sheer volume of traffic, and the border guards regulating their entry and exit speaks to the level of detail Wan has brought to all aspects of his vision for Atlantis.

The Art and Making of Aquaman takes readers behind the scenes of the highly anticipated 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures film based on the popular DC character, the first Aquaman standalone film to date. Featuring previously unseen photographs and breathtaking concept art, this book is a must-have for any fan. Readers can follow along with the production team as these skilled artists create a unique undersea world for the big screen. Exclusive interviews highlight a comprehensive narrative that flows through this stunning collection of concept sketches, storyboards, set and costume photography, and effects imagery.

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The movie is one of 2018’s most anticipated, directed by James Wan, and starring an all-star cast of Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Ludi Lin, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman.

Mike Avila is the author of The Art and Making of Aquaman and is an Emmy Award-winning TV producer and journalist who has worked for NBC, CBS, ABC, to name just a few. As a digital journalist, he has covered the entertainment industry, writing about film, television, and comic books for outlets such as Yahoo,, SFX and The Hollywood Reporter.

Source: Insight Editions

Key Release Dates
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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