In the history of filmmaking, very few productions have dared to tell the tales of life under the sea. Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, The Abyss, and a few scenes of Titanic are a few examples of filmmakers who decided to take the dive, but the superhero world has been shy of the water, until now.
Aquaman is headed to the big screen, with Jason Momoa leading the charge in deep sea battles. With reports of stunt teams preparing for underwater sequences, it looks like director James Wan is planning to take the plunge. However, this is not the first time Arthur Curry’s life below the surface has been seen. In Batman V Superman, we got a quick glimpse of Aquaman underwater, first peaceful… and then with one strike of his trident, a supernatural threat.
The trident seen in the shot was no simple matter. As with anything to do with big-budget films, top artist are assigned to design and perfect even the tiniest details. The trident itself went through several rounds of development, and now, thanks to artist Ed Natividad, we’re getting a look at its evolution. Check out the images of the trident and even a few options for Robin’s weapon in the gallery below:
The artist shows 11 different options for spearheads, giving director Zack Snyder plenty of options to play with. Based on promo photos, it looks like the director chose a variant of option H, with the final choice of B, which has four prongs and a stack of “v”-shaped cross guards, matching Aquaman’s own scale-like armor.
Art design is a fascinating part of filmmaking as artists take words from a script and let their imaginations run wild. As seen with these options, even something like a trident can have a world of possibilities; number of prongs, upward facing or downward facing cross guards, light or heavy material, etc. The director must consider every other aspect of production, like actor height and ability to use with the prop, costume design and set design. Each piece must flow seamlessly together to create an aesthetically pleasing and unique world. In the case of the deep seas, that world must be unlike anything fans ever seen.
The Batman V Superman clip has excited fans for future Aquaman appearances, with his next role in Justice League premiering in November, and the hero’s standalone film coming to theaters in 2018. Check out the trident in the upcoming films for similarities or differences and be sure to whisper loudly to your friends in theaters whether or not you think it’s the same or not.
Source: Ed Natividad
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