Aquaman was originally expected to open in the summer of 2018. According to Deadline, that’s all changed. Director James Wan promised he’d add his trademark horror elements and the new release date is fitting. The Jason Momoa-starring film will swim into theaters on October 5, 2018.
Production will begin next summer, and Wan has already been scouting locations. We recently got our first look at Amber Heard as the Queen of Atlantis, Mera. Besides that and Willem Dafoe confirming he’d appear as Arthur Curry ally Vulko, little else is known about the film.
During Comic-Con this summer, Wan had the following to say about his plans for Aquaman (via Slashfilm):
“Fuckin’ Aquaman, what can I say, he’s never been portrayed in the feature movie world before. The opportunity to explore this universe and bring a bit of my horror element to this, the deep sea, the scary world, and of course the wondrous world of Atlantis.”
The biggest question is how Atlantis will be adapted to the big screen. Will it actually look like it’s under water when focus is placed on the inside of the Kingdom? Perhaps clever tricks will be employed to only show its world placement when necessary. Basically, will it look like BioShock?
Fans are also waiting to learn about the film’s villain. Rumor and speculation point towards Black Manta. As recent as September of this year, Wan has yet to confirm or deny the reports. However, he did debunk the rumors saying The Wire’s Michael K. Williams had been cast. We’ll just have to be patient.
Our next dose of Aquaman awesomeness will be in Justice League. The film will take place not long after the events of Batman v Superman, as Bruce and Diana work to build a team. The King of Atlantis is to debut in all of his glory when the film opens November 17, 2017.
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