How James Wan is Tackling Aquaman’s Underwater Scenes

How James Wan is Tackling Aquaman’s Underwater Scenes

In just a few months Justice League hits theatres and audiences will see Aquaman the way he was meant to be, not on pink seahorses, but riding a parademon through a building like it’s a typical Tuesday.

For many, this will be their first ever introduction to Aquaman, and it will be the first time the character has ever touched the silver screen. In 2018, the hero will receive his own feature length film that will provide audiences with the character’s origins, history, and set up the world beneath the sea.

The film is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) and features an all star cast includingun Jason Mamoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, William Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, and many more.

Star William Dafoe told Screen Crush how Wan and the cast are tackling the underwater scenes:

“Most of my scenes are underwater. Some are not. So much of it, because we’re talking, and shooting underwater is a lot of ways impractical because you’re limited to what you can do with sets. It’s more about shooting them dry for wet, and then the effects do certain things to give the water feel. But we aren’t doing the scenes underwater, but we are in harnesses and on wires. There is movement. It’s not like were all sitting around pretending we’re underwater like this (stands up still), we’re swimming around, we’re moving. So that should be really beautiful.”

Dafoe plays Nuidis Vulko, an advisor and mentor to Aquaman. Vulko will make his debut in Justice League very briefly, but will be more prominent in Aquaman alongside Jason Mamoa, helping him find his way in Atlantis and becoming the king he is meant to be.

The film will take place primarily underwater, which is the major reason why Wan took the project. The character’s first solo is to explore Aquaman in his domain and his role as the ruler of Atlantis. He’s also expected to face off with either Yahya Abdul Mateen II’s Black Manta or Patrick Wilson’s Ocean Master, as they are both enemies of the hero in the comics.

Justice League hits theatres on November 17, 2017. Aquaman’s release swims closely behind, opening on December 21, 2018.

Image: Warner Bros.


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Zac Pinto Lobo is a features writer at GeekFeed. He has written for Feminist Culture, and has worked as an editor for numerous publications.
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