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Goofs from Aquaman

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  • At the climax of one of the fights between Arthur and Orm, the crowd celebrates looking down while both fighters are above them.
  • Apparently in Atlantean lingo, any long-handled weapon with multiple prongs is called a "trident," regardless of whether it has the "proper" number of three tines, or five as Atlanna's does.
  • In the 1985 segment of the movie, when discussing names for the baby, Tom suggests "Arthur" after hearing about the current hurricane Arthur on the radio. In 1985 the "A" named hurricane was Ana, in 1986 it was Andrew. Arthur wasn't used as a storm name until 2014. But that is in our universe. In the DC Extended Universe, where history is not quite the same as ours, apparently the hurricane was named Arthur.
  • When the Atlantean Soldiers come for Atlanna, when Arthur is three, she hands Arthur to his father. Arthur's hair goes from being short and curly to long and nearly straight then back to short and curly in the span of less than 10 seconds.
  • When Mera and Arthur are listening to the King's message, Mera has her hair straightened, and during the conversation it suddenly appears curled.
  • The trident of Atlan was said to have been "forged" with steel from Poseidon, but we see it being "cast" not forged.
  • As Arthur and Mera are sailing away from Sicily, much of their dialogue shows them at the stern of the boat, with the boat's wake and the setting sun behind them. The final shot of the sequence, from behind the boat, shows it sailing forward towards the setting sun. The sun (or the boat) has changed location by 180 degrees.
  • If Arthur is impervious to "land made" metals, how did he get the scar above his left eye or, for that matter, get tattooed? During his youth Arthur was being trained by Vulko and Vulko was possibly the one who provided the Atlantean metal to give Arthur his first tattoo. While the scar is the actor Jason Momoa's actual scar from previous incident, Arthur could've received the scar from another Atlantean metal during his training.
  • When Aquaman raises the submarine to the surface, it should sink immediately due to submarines' diving/ surfacing technologies, and the ballast tanks not having been emptied at depth.
  • During the flight over the desert, Aquaman and Mera appear in a DHC-4 or Caribou. In the real aircraft, the cockpit is above the cargo floor level; the pilot wouldn't be able to see his passengers the way it is shown in the movie. Also, the cockpit is much smaller than depicted in the movie.
  • Mera has the ability to control water, so when attacked in the town, why not control the water in the suits to rip them apart?
  • When Arthur and Mera are fleeing Atlantis Arthur yells "Bogies on our 6" meaning hostiles behind them. The term for a confirmed hostile aircraft is "Bandit", "Bogey" is the term for an unknown aircraft, one that is shooting at you is definitely hostile.
  • When the Russian submarine is hijacked the pirate craft moors itself near the bow, presumably over or very close to the forward escape hatch. The majority of the submarine crew block themselves into the torpedo room, which is directly under the forward escape hatch. The pirates would have needed to go through the torpedo room to reach the command center.
  • The hijacked Russian submarine appears to be an Akula class. This class has 8 torpedo tubes but fires at least 9. Reloading torpedoes takes several minutes.
  • In the very first scene, as the storm batters the coast, lighthouse keeper Tom Curry is securing a window shutter so it stays open. If anything, he should've been making sure all the shutters were shut to protect the windows from the forces of the storm.
  • Black Manta is paid for his services and the soldier drop the satchel with gold through the projection in front of him. Next shot the gold is behind him while he never stepped forward.
  • Black Manta's plasma weapon could blow up a rock formation and melt steel but Arthur's clothes are intact after taking a direct hit from it.
  • The propeller of the submarine is shown as generating a massive amount of bubbles, or cavitation. Submarine propellers are specifically designed to avoid this as much as possible because it creates sound that can easily be detected by hydrophones.
  • The movie shows the characters meeting in a shipwreck which has the regular, "fish tank" look: greenish wood covered in barnacles, complete hulls and masts and ragged sails. While it looks good, wooden ships do not preserve well underwater. Any wrecks of sailing ships would be a bit more than rotten timber strewn in the sea floor, unless the wreck is recent, and thus still in the early stages of decay. The wreck could be a modern reproduction of an early-period sailing ship.
  • When Orm and Nereus meet we see a stationary line of seahorses facing a stationary line of sharks. Sharks can only breath by moving to keep water flowing through their gills, so sitting still as shown would result in their suffocating. (Then again, this *is* a movie about entire tribes of humans who can breath and hold conversations in deep ocean water without an apparatus.)
  • When Queen Atlanna has her first view of the surface world, she acts like the cliche "ignorant savage," stabbing a television as if it's a foul demon. But she's from a world which is advanced beyond anything the modern world has yet produced. A 1980's-level television should be as primitive and unremarkable to her as Thomas A. Edison's original phonograph is to modern humans, but she may be suffering from judgmental impairment from her injuries, and thus not in her right mind.
  • In the trench Mera creates a pocket. At depth there is no air to fill the pocket so she and Arthur should have been in a vacuum.
  • When Arthur is on the boat, recovering from his wounds, and has donned his shirt, there is a hanger mark on the right shoulder that "pokes up". The costumer should have pressed it out before the actor put it on. It disappears as the camera angle changes from front to back.
  • Around the 23 minute mark when Tom & Arthur are drinking beer at the bar, their second beers arrive as the story about the submarine comes on the TV. Arthur is rotating his glass to better access the handle in the wide shot of them both but when the shot changes to the TV with Arthur on the right of frame, he already has the glass in his hand. Next shot, he's back to still turning the glass around.
  • When Orm is explaining his plan to Arthur in the lava ring, there's a fly crawling down his neck that then swoops up to the corner of his mouth.
  • After their initial meeting, Tom Curry hands Queen Atlanna a hot steaming mug of tea. Tom's mug is empty, and the steam seen is CGI.
  • When Aquaman raises the sub it can be seen that it was rising faster than the air bubbles it was creating, therefore it couldn't safely adjust to the change in atmospheric pressure. When he ripped opened the hatch, he would have instantly decompressed the sub giving everyone on board the bends, if not kill them outright.
  • Aquaman enters the submarine by hitting a hatch cover so hard it falls down the hole. Since the hatch is a smaller diameter than its cover, this would only be possible by deforming the metal, but both hatch & cover remain relatively undamaged.
  • The ancient peoples are described as not knowing the world is round, but in fact, even in ancient Greek culture, such was the knowledge and philosophical assumption on aesthetic grounds, since a sphere is the most perfect shape. This was reinforced by empirical evidence from lunar eclipses, and changes in the night sky when travelling south - then Eratosthenes used angles of shadows cast at noon to correctly calculate a circumference of about 25,000 miles.
  • It's all very well to have Atlantean armies riding on the backs of giant seahorses, but even so these unusually shaped fish would not neigh like horses do.
  • Orm claims Aquaman has never even been to Atlantis. In Justice League (2017), which is set before this film, Aquaman does briefly visit Atlantis to fight Steppenwolf.
  • When Atlanna holds Arthur before returning to the ocean, she switches between having her right or left arm on his back between shots.
  • After leaving Sicily on the boat, Mera is dressed in 'surface' clothes, but when the Trench attack, she once again is wearing her green body suit. She wasn't wearing it on the plane, or in Sicily, unless it was peeled off her torso and tucked into her jeans, which seems out of character for a Princess of Atlantis.
  • During the during the submarine fight scene, Jesse fires a 40mm grenade at Aquaman. The barrel of the launcher is rifled, imparting spin to the grenade for stability and arming. The action is in slow motion and the grenade is obviously not spinning. These grenades have a kill radius of 16 ft (5 m) and a casualty radius of 427 ft (130 m) which puts both Jesse and Manta in harm's way.
  • The tsunami scene happens at night when Tom should be manning the lighthouse, not out and about with Arthur.
  • It's never explained how Arthur and Mera find human clothes, and find and pay for a pilot to fly them to the Sahara.
  • The flares Arthur and Mera use do not work underwater.


  • The Sahara Desert has been a desert for 2-7 million years. Rome was founded in 753 BC. There is no way a message from "before the Sahara was a desert" could refer to a statue of Romulus erected in Sicily, which itself was not under Roman control until 241 BC.
  • When Arthur meets his long lost mother, she says to him you're a hero. She has been alone at the core of the Earth since Arthur was a child. How would she know anything about his heroic exploits?
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