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  • Jason Momoa publicly expressed interest in Zack Snyder directing.
  • Jeff Nichols and Noam Murro were considered to direct the film.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was going to produce the film from his production company.
  • This was director James Wan's third non-horror film and his first superhero film.
  • Jason Momoa previously starred in the TV show Stargate: Atlantis (2004), about a very different Atlantis. Michael Beach also starred in that show in a minor role.
  • Aquaman's suit was supposed to be a surprise in 2016. Instead, Zack Snyder released the photo of Jason Momoa wearing the Aquaman suit in February 2015. Snyder called Momoa moments before its release to the world.
  • One rumor was saying that Mera was going to be non-Caucasian to match up with Jason Momoa's mixed race status who is Native Hawaiian/German, Irish and Native American, but it was put to rest when Amber Heard was cast.
  • The film is based on Geoff Johns' 2011 "Aquaman" comic.
  • This is Patrick Wilson's third DC Comics film, after Watchmen (2009) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
  • This film marked the fifth collaboration between director James Wan and actor Patrick Wilson, after Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), and The Conjuring 2 (2016).
  • Michael Kenneth Williams and Michael Jai White expressed interest in playing Black Manta.
  • This is Don Burgess' first time shooting a superhero movie since Spider-Man (2002).
  • This is the third comic-book feature for actors Temuera Morrison (after Green Lantern (2011) and Barb Wire (1996)), Dolph Lundgren (after The Punisher (1989) and Arrow (2012)), and Willem Dafoe (after Spider-Man (2002) and Death Note (2017)).
  • Zack Snyder published a short video of Aquaman in his birthday. In video, Aquaman swims to someone sits on a throne. It can be Dead King or Ocean Master. It isn't clear who he is yet.
  • Nicole Kidman was director James Wan's top choice for the role of Atlanna. They were previously set to work together on a remake of At the End of the Spectra (2006), but the film was scrapped. Kidman has been a long-time supporter of Wan's career and has publicly raved about his films Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013), calling him "The New Master of Horror." She was also eager to join as filming took place in her home country of Australia.
  • Patrick Wilson and Michael Beach have worked together in Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) which James Wan directed.
  • Nicole Kidman, who plays Aquaman's mother Queen Atlanna, had declined the role of Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman (2017), another DCEU entry.
  • Nicole Kidman second comic-based film. She previously played Bruce Wayne's love interest in Batman Forever (1995).
  • Michael Beach who portrays Black Manta's father Jesse Kane, voiced Devil Ray (another name for Black Manta) in Justice League Unlimited (2004).
  • Many rumors were reporting that Karl Urban was cast as Ocean Master.
  • The film's working title was "Ahab," the name of an anti-heroic sea captain in Herman Melville's classic story "Moby Dick."
  • Jason Momoa added more blonde highlights to his hair to be closer to the original incarnations of Arthur Curry/Aquaman, who is entirely blonde in the comics.
  • Kurt Johnstad and David Leslie Johnson worked on the script before being replaced by Will Beal.
  • Nicole Kidman immediately accepted the role of Atlanna when director James Wan said that she could wear "Mother-of-Pearl and be a Mermaid Warrior."
  • This is Graham McTavish's sixth comic-book role, after Loki (Marvel animated features), Sebastian Shaw (Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)), Savanti Romero (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)), Fergus McDuck (DuckTales (2017)), and the Saint of Killers (Preacher (2016)).
  • Filming wrapped for Cast and Crew on the 20th of October 2017.
  • This is Patrick Wilson's second portrayal as a comic book character first being Night Owl in Watchmen (2009).
  • King Nereus and Mera appear as father and daughter in the film, while they were unrelated and betrothed to marry in the New 52 comics.
  • This is Patrick Wilson's second DCEU movie. The first one being Watchmen.
  • James Wan revealed he had a choice of choosing to direct between The Flash and Aquaman, but chose Aquaman because he is the underdog.
  • This is the first DCEU film to be shot entirely with digital cameras. Nearly all previous installments were shot solely on 35mm (and partially 70mm IMAX film for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)).
  • Director James Wan believed that what makes Aquaman unique is his Atlantean heritage, saying, "We're used to superhero movies where the threat is from another dimension or aliens from another universe coming here and trying to destroy our Earth. But we haven't seen one where the main threat is from a massive, massive civilization that is right under our nose, in the ocean.... The idea that there could be a massive civilization living right underneath [us] that we don't know about is kind of scary and exciting."
  • According to Amber Heard, the underwater scenes required cast members to be hosed down and then being filmed on a cold soundstage.
  • Director James Wan confirmed that Atlanteans would not talk inside protective speech bubbles as portrayed by Zack Snyder in Justice League (2017). When asked about it, he said, "People are overthinking it. They're just gonna talk!"
  • Producer Peter Safran's wife Natalia Safran plays the Fisherman Queen.
  • Director James Wan cited the adventure films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Romancing the Stone (1984) as influences on this film.
  • Director James Wan cited the sea monster film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) as an influence on the portrayal of the Trench monsters for this movie.
  • The Fishermen tribe were created through a combination of make-up (for the top half, the upper torso) and computer-generated imagery (for the bottom half, the tails).
  • Jason Momoa and Michael Beach previously worked together in Stargate Atlantis.
  • Nicole Kidman attended her first Comic-Con in 2018 especially to promote this film.
  • Jason Momoa admitted to playing pranks on all of his fellow cast members during filming except for Nicole Kidman.
  • Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman were both born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Willem Dafoe and Temuera Morrison previously worked together in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).
  • Djimon Hounsou's second comic book role after Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He also plays the Wizard in the DCEU film Shazam! (2018).
  • This is the sixth film in the DCEU.
  • The Atlantean device in the Sahara bears the symbols of the Zodiac and the accompanying astronomical constellations.
  • In the movie, tridents are used only by those of royal blood from Atlantis: King Atlan, Atlanna, Orm, Arthur, Nereus, King Ricou and the Brine King. The trident is the traditional weapon of the Greek sea god Poseidon.
  • Some Atlantean soldiers are seen riding giant seahorses. In Greek mythology, the sea god Poseidon drives a chariot pulled by seahorses (known in Greek mythology as the hippocampi).
  • Dolph Lundgren is the first actor to star in both the Arrowverse and the DCEU.
  • Amber Heard declared in an interview on Good Morning America (1975) that she would read books between takes and that Jason Momoa would purposely rip out their pages so she would pay attention to him. Eventually, her reading material was kept in a special book bag made of "green screen" fabric, which allowed her to keep her books close even when filming special effects shots.
  • Jason Momoa dyed his brown hair blond, and wear blue contact lens over his green eyes to more closely resemble Arthur Curry, who has blond hair and blue eyes.
  • It is the third live-action theatrical film featuring Aquaman, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), and the first full-length feature film centered around the character.
  • Principal photography began in Australia on May 2, 2017. Most of the film was shot at Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, with production also held in Canada, Italy and Morocco, and wrapped on October 21, 2017.
  • The superhero Aquaman was created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger in More Fun Comics # 73 published in 1941. However, the film is based on the series of comics written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Ivan Reis in 2011.
  • Although Aquaman unfolds largely in an aquatic world, the film was not shot underwater.
  • Jason Momoa grew up with the world of superheroes and has always been fascinated by Aquaman because he loves the underwater world and all the mysteries that can be found there.
  • Before becoming the Prince of Atlantis, Jason Momoa played the warrior Ronon Dex in the SF Stargate Atlantis series between 2005 and 2008.
  • More than 20 years after Batman Forever, Nicole Kidman is again appears in a film featuring a superhero. She plays Atlanna, Arthur Curry's mother in Aquaman, she while she starred as Dr. Chase Meridian, Bruce Wayne's love interest in Batman Forever.
  • When Arthur and Mera find their sea craft, the Annabelle doll from director James Wan's "Conjuring" horror films can be seen on the floor.
  • During the duel between Arthur and Orm, an octopus plays a drum solo. According to director James Wan, this octopus is Topo, Aquaman's octopus sidekick from the 1950s-60s, who was able to play musical instruments. Wan was initially unsure about putting Topo in the film, but was inspired to do so after watching Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), saying, "If that film could have a guy playing a flaming guitar, I'm going to have an octopus drummer in mine."
  • James Wan drew influence from horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose novels involved man-eating fish people and tentacle creatures deep under the ocean. Furthermore, Thomas Curry has a Lovecraft novel, "The Dunwich Horror", in his house and when Kane appears in his Black Manta suit, he quotes a line from Lovecraft's novel "The Call of Ctulhu".
  • Most of the actors in this movie have starred as another character from DC and/or Marvel films. Patrick Wilson starred as Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II from Watchmen (2009), Willem Dafoe played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin from Spider-Man (2002), Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever (1995), Djimon Hounsou (King Ricou) as Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy and Papa Midnight from Constantine (2005), as well as the wizard Shazam in "Shazam", Temuera Morrison (Thomas Curry) as Abin Sur from Green Lantern, Randall Park (Dr. Shin) as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Dolph Lundgren as Konstantin Kovar from the Arrow TV series and Frank Castle from The Punisher (1989), John Rhys-Davies as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin from The Incredible Hulk TV-movies, and Graham McTavish as Loki from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010).
  • Nicole Kidman played Jason Momoa's mother in the film, even though she is only twelve years older than him in real life.
  • With the release of Aquaman, The DC expanded universe crosses $4 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the first franchise to cross the milestone with fewer movies -- six movies as of 2018.
  • Before its initial release in the United States, Aquaman surpassed every solo Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in the Chinese box office -- only seven days after its release.
  • This is John Rhys-Davies's fifth comic-book role after The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) (Wilson Fisk), The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy (1992) (Baron Waclaw Jozek), Fantastic Four: The Animated Series (1994) (Thor), and Justice League (2001) (Hades).
  • Thomas Curry keeps a pet dog, a golden retriever. In the comics Aquaman and Mera adopted a golden retriever whom they dubbed "Aquadog."
  • David Kane's first Manta helmet is based on the Golden Age Black Manta helmet, which was a conventional helmet with breathing apparatus connected.
  • Djimon Hounsou has appeared in the DC extended universe as King Ricou in Aquaman, as the titular wizard in Shazam and also in Constantine (2005) as Midnite. In the Marvel Movie Universe Djimon was Korath in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel. He also voiced T'Challa in the animated version of Black Panther.
  • Jason Momoa specifically requested Temuera Morrison for the role of Arthur's father, Tom. Morrison is one of Momoa's acting idols.
  • After appearing as Jimmy Woo in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), actor Randall Park appears in Aquaman as Dr. Stephan Shin. Though the film takes Inspiration from New 52 Comics run, Dr. Shin's character had been changed/improvised for the film.
  • David Kane (Black Manta) has a manta-shaped submarine. This was taken from the comics.
  • When Atlanna throws her trident at the TV, it's showing Stingray (1964), Gerry Anderson's British children's TV puppet underwater adventure series that featured an antagonist of the Fishmen, who similarly ruled an underwater domain in conflict the surface world.
  • This is the second comic-book feature for actors Nicole Kidman (after Batman Forever (1995)) and Randall Park (after Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)), and cinematographer Don Burgess (after Spider-Man (2002)).
  • Jason Momoa appeared in Baywatch (1989), and his co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II starred in Baywatch (2017).
  • In the film, Aquaman is dark-haired and Orm is blond, while in the DC comics it's the other way around.
  • According to James Wan, the scene where Arthur and Mera emerge from the ocean in slow-motion to Pitbull's song "Ocean to Ocean" is a tribute to Wan's previous film Furious 7 (2015).
  • Arthur and Orm are elder and younger brothers, but Patrick Wilson is five years older than Jason Momoa, while Nicole Kidman, who plays their mother, is seven years older than Wilson.
  • Temuera Morrison Played another character in the Detective Comics universe. He played a Green Lantern by the name of Abin Sur in the 2011 movie GREEN LANTERN.
  • The gold armour is shown dropping off the disintegrating body of the King, but is never mention or shown with him picking it up and putting it on.
  • An Atlantian alphabet was created for the film. The Trident of Neptune has the words "PAUL & MORT" engraved in Atlantian on it. It is a reference to Aquaman creators Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.
  • King Atlan's trident has Atlantean writing engraved on it. According to James Wan, it reads "Paul & Mort," referring to Aquaman creators Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.
  • Arthur rides a giant seahorse briefly in the final battle. This came from the opening credits of Aquaman (1967).
  • The male members of the Atlantean royal family display Aquaman designs from the character's history: * Arthur Curry is bare-chested and bearded, which was Aquaman's look in the 1990s * His brother King Orm is clean-shaven and blonde, which is Aquaman's classic look * Their ancestor King Atlan's attire is Aquaman's green and gold costume, with a crown and green cloak; this was Aquaman's royal suit in the Alex Ross graphic novel "Kingdom Come". Arthur himself gets this suit, but in its classic design without the crown and cloak, near the end of the film.
  • King Ricou was named after Ricou Browning, a noted diver and underwater stuntman best known for portraying the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • This is Patrick Wilson's second role in a DC Extended Universe film. He previously portrayed the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
  • When Tom (Temuera Morrison) sees Atlanna eating a goldfish from his fish tank, he says, "I was going to cook you some eggs", a line from Morrison's film Once Were Warriors (1994).
  • James Wan wanted Atlanteans to wear capes, but costume designer Kym Barrett pointed out that capes drag underwater. They settled on capes being worn only by members of Atlantean royalty.
  • Costume designer Kym Barrett based the Atlantean wardrobes on wetsuits.
  • Peter Safran and James Wan made a concept video of Aquaman and Mera fighting the Trench and showed it to Warner Brothers. The studio was impressed with the video and Safran feels it got the film produced.
  • Patrick Wilson (Orm) plays the younger brother of Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry although he's six years older than him.
  • Mera's "diplomatic immunity" line could be a tongue-in-cheek joke maybe to when Amber Heard and Johnny Depp were made to apologize to the Australian people for bringing in their pet dogs undeclared to Customs and Border Protection. They almost got banned from entering Australia ever again. Aquaman was shot in Australia with an Australian director.
  • In Thomas Curry's house, on the table is a H.P. Lovecraft novel, "The Dunwich Horror." Dunwich was a large town in the county of Suffolk, England, which was lost to the sea in 1278 during a great storm.
  • (Cameo) Leigh Whannell: as the cargo pilot. Whannell is James Wan's frequent collaborator.
  • This film borrows elements from the comic "Aquaman: The Trident of Atlantis" (Arthur has to take his place as King of Atlantis although he is renuent to do it, Orm wants to go to war with the surface world and allies himself with evil people to make it look like they're as evil as he says, and Arthur gets his trademark orange and green suit that is an ancient Atlantean armor).
  • First DCEU film to gross $1 billion worldwide
  • First DC film since 2012 to earn more than $1 Billion at the international box-office.
  • First DCEU movie to cross a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and the first DC comics movie to cross a billion since The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
  • Patrick Wilson (King Orm) is the fourth actor from Watchmen (2009) to appear in the DC Extended Universe, after Carla Gugino (Kelor in Man of Steel (2013)), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)), and Billy Crudup (Henry Allen in Justice League (2017)). Before being adapted to film, "Watchmen" was also a comic book series published by DC Comics.
  • A number of story elements from Geoff Johns run of the Aquaman series during the New 52 comics were used in the film. This includes, the Trench, a savage and ancient mutated Atalantian tribe, the trident of Atlan also known as the sceptre of the Dead King, a powerful trident that is one of the ancient treasures of Atlantis and also allows the wielder the power to control the Trench, and the Aquaman/Justice League crossover event "Throne of Atlantis", where a submarine is used to attack Atlantis in order for war to be declared on the surface world.
  • When Arthur and Mera are hiding in the whales mouth. Arthur pays homage to the Pinocchio, which was made by Disney, which is considered a rival of Warner bros.
  • None of the underwater scenes were actually filmed underwater. Instead, methods of rigging the actors into harnesses, along with extensive CG work (sometimes even including their hair), were applied to make them appear floating/submerged.
  • A number of underwater waterfalls are seen in the film. This is an actual phenomenon. The ocean is made up of two different layers of water: warm, light water and cold, dense water; the difference in densities means the layers are separate and causes the heavier cold water to fall, forming a waterfall.
  • Jason Momoa was surprised to be cast as Aquaman because the character in the comics is a blond-haired Caucasian man who actually looks a lot like his co-star Patrick Wilson. Zack Snyder wanted to break the barrier of not having any mixed-race heroes in the DC Universe's films and knew that Momoa was the only choice to play Aquaman.
  • Britsh television series "Stingray" is playing on the TV at the start of this movie.
  • At the beginning of the film, Arthur goes bare-chested; this was Aquaman's attire in the 1990s.
  • This is the 2nd DC film that Nicole Kidman starred in, the 1st being Batman Forever.
  • On Thomas' Living-Room table is a paperback entitled "The Dunwich Horror" written by one H. P. Lovecraft, infamous for writing Cosmic Horror pulp fiction about hordes of hideous flesh-eating Fish-Men and Skyscraper-Sized Giant Demon Gods rising out the ocean depths writhing with tentacles...and sure enough, Arthur meets both on his epic quest to find Atlan's trident. However, even more relevant to the plot of the film is that the main focus of "The Dunwich Horror" is tale of two brothers with strange parents, one of whom is trying to unlock ancient occult secrets.
  • Thomas, being a lighthouse keeper (with a broken television) has time to be well read. He likens Atlanna's story to King Arthur and chooses that name for his son. He also sees that Arthur gets education from the land beyond what is taught in school. This foreshadows both the Pinocchio thing and his knowledge of ancient Roman kings.
  • When Arthur wakes up on the boat that Mera "borrowed," he is lying on his back, with his hair in a tight bun and beard wet, (and appearing closely trimmed), bringing shades of Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones (2011) character Khal Drogo, even sporting a wound in the same place as Drogo.
  • Just like Wonder Woman, Aquaman draws inspiration from both the New 52 and Golden and Silver Age comics. The story of Arthur and Orm fighting over the throne is lifted from the Throne of Atlantis storyline and its animated adaptation. Arthur himself is based on primarily on his down-to-earth hero like in New 52 with a few OUTRAGEOUS! characteristics pertaining of his Batman: The Brave and the Bold counterpart. He wears his traditional orange and green costume though his long hair and beard recall his Justice League incarnation. Black Manta's costume has both the exaggerated proportions of his classic look and the more tactical design akin to his appearance in Young Justice.
  • Black Manta is given the name David Kane while in the comics his last name is Hyde. His movie name is similar to David Cain, a mercenary assassin from Batman stories.
  • Mera has only one name in the comics, but here she is given the full name of Y'Mera Xebella Challa.
  • The Fishermen are the comicbook Tritonians given the name of an obscure Aquaman villain from the comics.
  • Orm orders his soldiers to hold Vulko captive in his ship, so he can watch him conquer the seven seas and launch the assault against the surface on front seats. After he is defeated, Vulko tells the same soldiers to hold Orm captive in the same spot, so he can watch Arthur's coronation on front seats. Orm gives a sardonic smile at that, apparently appreciating the irony.
  • Orm insists that Arthur can never live in Atlantis, let alone become its king, because he is not a full Atlantean by blood. Arthur flips this on its head after he defeats Orm, refusing the latter's plea for him to mercy kill him, as an Atlantean would. He would not do it, because he is not a full Atlantean.
  • On the submarine at the beginning, Arthur uses a broken off hatch lid in a very Captain America manner.
  • In another possible shout-out to one of James Wan's own films, the wrist mounted blade on Black Manta's suit is very similar to the one Jigsaw uses in the first Saw film.
  • David Kane using Atlantean tech to build the Black Manta suit brings to mind the Forging Scene from Iron Man - there's even rock music.
  • During the Sicily fight, Arthur/Aquaman gets injured on his pectoralis major, at the same place as Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa's character in Game of Thrones (2011).
  • The backstory of Atlantis is very similar to the one in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), where Atlantis used to be a highly advanced civilization on the surface but its king's misguided attempt to weaponize an object caused the city to sink into the sea. The king then sealed that object away so as not to let others use it for nefarious purposes.
  • Mera has much in common with Disney's mermaid Ariel, including the red hair and green outfit, as well as her interest in the surface world's items and her innocent misunderstanding of how things work.
  • The scene of Arthur attempting to out-drive the tsunami is similar to the scene from Ponyo (2008).
  • Altogether there are 2,300 visual effects shots in the movie completed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Rodeo FX, Scanline VFX, DNEG, Moving Picture Company (MPC), Method Studios, Digital Domain and Weta Digital. The visual effects for the director's cut of the film were created at the same time as the theatrical cut.
  • Additionally, DNEG worked on digitally de-aging Willem Dafoe for the scene where his character Nudris Vulko trains the young Arthur Curry.
  • Jay Barton served as the VFX supervisor for Digital Domain. They worked on creating the Dead King's Island environment. For the sequence, the actors were shot in a pool of water against blue screen backgrounds, with Digital Domain adding CG extensions, waterfalls, mountains and dinosaurs in post production. Most of the waterfalls that appear in the scene were created using Houdini while some were created using practical elements of things such as pouring salt and glass beads. They also built an extensive library of shot FX elements. The dinosaurs were animated using keyframe animation. Digital Domain delivered 19-20 shots for the movie.
  • Rodeo FX worked on two key sequences for the film, with Sebastien Moreau leading as VFX Supervisor for the film. For the aquarium that young Arthur Curry visits near the beginning of the film, Rodeo FX used a large volume of simulations as well as algorithms for the fish behavior. They created hard and soft corals by developing a colonization growth system, along with procedural stem and tentacle generation tools. They also created the environments for the Atlantis ruins below the desert. Artists used a lego-type approach to layer the environment with a large amount of sand, dust and rocks, all of which would realistically give way to the characters' interactions. From there, they sculpted ruined buildings, bridges, towers, statues and temples, which were textured and shaded to add depth to the ruined city.
  • Scanline VFX delivered 450 shots for the movie. Bryan Hirota served as VFX supervisor for scanline. The main sequences produced by them are: the lighthouse and it's surrounding environment, the "Aquaman" title card that follows the Boston aquarium, Aquaman pushing the submarine to the surface and rescuing the sailors inside, Orm's tidal wave that sweeps away Arthur and Tom, including the rescue and aftermath, Black Manta being paid by Orm for the submarine's delivery, and Arthur and Mera's visit to the Kingdom of the Trench. For the creation of the film's title card the team relied on Rodeo's work on the aquarium sequence and simulated up to 60,000 fish. The tidal wave sequence was realized with a large-scale simulated wave, which was integrated with a combination of day for night footage, blue screen shots for the actors in truck interiors, a truck on a rotisserie rig, an interior cabin in a water tank, and VFX simulations for debris. For creating the lighthouse a full-size house with the base of the lighthouse tower was constructed by the FX team. Additional house and dock sets were built on sound stages. A digital build-out was done to complete the lighthouse tower and extend the dock fully out into sea. For the sequence where the camera pushes into a toy snow globe with a tiny lighthouse inside, a CG transition was created from the lighthouse's living room set to a fully CG winter coastline.
  • The filmmakers tried out various concepts for the closing credits: shapes formed from water (Mera's power), or from sealife bioluminescence, and an ancient nautical map. They eventually settled for a sequence set underwater, which drew from all the concepts.
  • The closing credits were influenced by the fantasy drama Game of Thrones (2011)'s titles (a model of various kingdoms) and Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (2017) (a video exhibiting modern jewelry and artifacts, made as if they were from a sunken Greek ship).
  • Arthur Curry and his father Tom Curry (played by Jason Momoa and Temuera Morrison) are portrayed as being of Polynesian nationality, with Momoa being Hawaiian and Morrison being Maori. Momoa has said that he was proud of making Aquaman a Polynesian, as Polynesians have a strong aquatic heritage.
  • The submarine set was constructed on a platform over a water tank; to create the flooding, the set was lowered into the water tank.
  • In the past, Peter Jackson was approached to direct the film twice. But turned it down because he stated that he is not interested in superhero movies.
  • In the 2019 "Aquaman" comics, Arthur got a tattoo from the water god that resembles Jason Momoa's own markings.
  • The 2nd film based on a comic book or cartoon to star Dolph Lundgren. Over 30 years earlier, Dolph Lundgren played the mighty warrior He-Man in Masters of the Universe (1987) which was based on the popular cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) (TV Series).
  • Nicole Kidman's 2nd DC comic book movie, the first being Batman Forever (1995), 23 years earlier.
  • Mera, with her red hair and green bodysuit, almost resembles Poison Ivy, a female antagonist from the DC comic book Batman.
  • In the comic books, Aquaman/Arthur Curry had short blonde hair. In the movie he has long dark hair and a beard.
  • Graham McTavish and John Rhys-Davies have both starred in Middle-Earth movies. McTavish played Dwalin in The Hobbit trilogy and John Rhys-Davies played Gimli and provided the voice of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Although Tom says that he got the idea to name their son Arthur after the legendary king, there was a commercial on the TV for Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips just as he brings Altanna in from the storm. This is a fast food chain that was at its peak of popularity in the 1970s and early 1980s, but as of 2019 has only a handful of locations still operating.
  • The sixth film in the DC Extended Universe.
  • When Arthur and Mera go to the atlantean ship hidden in the shipping container, the shot pans across the ocean floor where you see an "Annabelle" doll. A set of horror films directed by James Wan.
  • Arthur's ability to talk to sea creatures appears to be a rare ability even among Alantean as Mera has never heard of anyone doing it before. According to legend, the only other person who had such ability was King Atlan himself, meaning only those with this ability are able to wield the Trident to its fullest potential.
  • One shot of King Atlan looks like an almost exact recreation of Aquaman's Signature Scene from the New 52 Justice League comics.
  • David Kane's first Manta helmet is based on the Silver Age Black Manta helmet, which was a conventional helmet with breathing apparatus connected. Kane's also got a cool manta-shaped submarine. This came from the comics.
  • In an episode of the Justice League animated series, Orm also hired a mercenary from the surface world -- Deadshot in this case -- and paid him with gold doubloons. In that same series, Black Manta - referred to there as "Devil Ray" because of rights issues - was portrayed by Michael Beach. Here, Beach plays Black Manta's father.
  • The shot of Arthur peering from behind the prongs of Atlan's trident after retrieving it looks to be a direct lift of this Stjepan Sejic comic cover.
  • During the climatic battle Aquaman takes the reins of a giant seahorse, like he did in the original 1940s comics.
  • Aquaman's control/communication with fish has visual and auditory similarity to the versions from Superfriends and even earlier cartoons. Like in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Mera was originally betrothed to Orm, but she has no interest in him.
  • Mera wears a duster coat during her time in the Sahara and Sicily, just like she briefly wore a trench coat in Throne of Atlantis.
  • Aquaman riding the Karathen into war is a nod to this memetic image of Aquaman riding Cthulhu, but instead of being played for laughs it's played for awesomeness.
  • King Atlan's trident has Atlantean writing engraved on it. According to James Wan, it reads "Paul & Mort", referring to Aquaman creators Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.
  • The unnamed Fishermen Princess-turned-Queen could be an obscure nod to Queen Vassa from Filmation Studios' Aquaman cartoons. The film now gives a motive to that Queen's hostility towards Atlantis, which now parallels Black Manta's; both their fathers were killed by the Atlantean king(s). Bonus materials also include the Fishermen using whale-shaped subs, like Vassa in the cartoons.
  • King Atlan's gear is what Aquaman himself wore in the Kingdom Come graphic novel.
  • All members of Atlantean royalty have tridents: Atlan, Atlanna, Orm, Nereus, the Fisherman King and the Brine King. The Fisherman King's trident is encrusted with jewels, but it's far too pretty to be used in a fight. The Brine King's trident is a bare trio of metal spikes, but it is a good weapon. The tridents used by the normal humans combine functionality and design. Especially Atlan's trident, which is simple but made of gold, and Nereus's trident, which has a secret blaster weapon.
  • When Prince Orm is suddenly thrown from water to air he is shown coughing out water as he tries to breathe. It may seem odd that he briefly seems to be drowning, but it's actually a rarely-addressed moment of Reality Ensues for a being that can breathe both water and air: they'd have to empty their lungs of water before they can start breathing air, and vice versa when they return beneath the ocean. Neither Arthur nor Mera are ever shown coughing out water from their lungs whenever they go back into the air, but this is more fridge brilliance. Arthur was practiced at moving between land and sea, so perhaps he developed a method to quickly expel both air and water from his lungs when moving between. Mera, while seemingly not fond of the surface, has been shown to move between both sea and surface on at least a few occasions, such as when she summons Arthur. Orm, however, has been in the sea his entire life. Orm spent his life training, so part of that training should involve surface breathing out of water. But he was taken off guard the first time, the second time he adjusts easily. On a sillier note, this also explains why Thomas can still drink Arthur under the table in a chugging contest despite being a normal guy compared to his son the super-being. Being able to switch back and forth between breathing water and air probably means that Arthur never had to learn how to hold his breath, seeing as he never had a reason to. As such Arthur probably can't really hold his breath for more than a minute(if that) and as such can't hold out in the middle of drinking a beverage he can't breath, while Thomas, the normal human who had to learn to hold his breath to swim, can probably go awhile at it and doesn't have to stop to breathe in the middle of his drink.
  • The revelation that Atlanteans don't need a water bubble to talk to one another paints Aquaman's interaction with Mera in Justice League (2017) in an entirely different light. Mera didn't create the bubble so she could talk to Arthur, she did it so that they would not be overheard by anyone walking in.
  • Dr Shin getting publicly humiliated for claiming that Atlantis is real may seem a bit out of place considering by now the world is aware of the existence of aliens and meta-humans, but there's a Genius Bonus behind that. Atlantis was a fictional nation derived by Plato, similar to how H.P. Lovecraft came up with R'Lyeh. Every other paranormal entity that's appeared in the DC Universe stems from folklore.
  • Mera doesn't wear her crown throughout the film, mirroring her conflict with royalty about its decision and drive to wage war on the surface. It's not until Arthur proves himself worthy of the trident that she wears her crown with pride, siding with a member of Atlantean royalty who actually means well for all. Her confrontation with Orm and Nereus mirrors her evolving attitude. She takes a confrontational approach, snapping at Orm in a child-like manner. Later on when she meets her father after seeing the Earth people and after Arthur proves his worth, she is calmer and more reasonable and points out that the war will just cause loss and destruction to all, including Atlantis itself, acting like a proper queen.
  • The Trench are silent and deadly. Stealth matters to fish-like predators with light-sensitive vision who rely on sound/sonar to navigate. Arthur feeling more sympathy for Black Manta over his father's death and the anger he feels towards Arthur for not saving him is understandable since he very nearly lost his own father Thomas (and would have if not for Mera).
  • Analyzing King Nereus after the film's done actually paints a compelling picture of him as a surprisingly cunning and savvy politician, far more so than Orm. While Orm is using all of his skills at political theater and manipulation to try and forge his alliance, none of it ever tricks Nereus, even the False Flag Operation, as pointed out by Mera. Nereus shares Orm's vision of turning the might of Atlantis upon the surface world, but is content to allow Orm to be the public face and main pressure behind the uniting of the kingdoms and to officially fall for his charade of a surface world strike, putting all the risk and blame on Orm. He's sliding into the Kingmaker Scenario casually and at Orm's invitation, with his daughter's engagement to Orm securing his family's ascension to the throne of a united Atlantis through her... until she runs away to help Arthur. The one manipulation of Orm's that he does seem to fall for is Orm's promise to spare Mera, when he fully intends to kill her... unless he knows that a possibility, and is merely ensuring that Orm's word is on the record in case his Action Girl of a daughter (who he, at minimum, knows was capable of tossing Orm around with her powers) manages to return to him; with Orm's official will being to spare her, all he has to do is publicly assert he's satisfied with her return, and he's got a decent chance of preventing her murder. And notice, when Arthur arrives at the final battle and turns the tide with the trident of Atlan, Nereus is able to disentangle himself from his alliance with Orm toot-sweet, leaving Orm on his own to suffer the consequences of his failure. And while Nereus clearly didn't plan for his daughter to fall for Orm's rival for the throne... that still happened, and he's still in the same political position he wanted in the first place, though his goal of attacking the surface world has been sacrificed in exchange.
  • The film is mainly concerned with the dynasty of the Atlantean monarchy, but Black Manta is from a dynasty of pirates, starting with his grandfather, who was a frogman in World War II nicknamed "Manta" for his stealth and turned pirate after he was mistreated in the U.S. Black Manta's destiny to be a great supervillain borne of this dynasty is right there in his name: he's David Kane, son of Jesse Kane. In the Bible, David, son of Jesse, became a great king of Israel.
  • The full wardrobe of King Atlan is split between Orm and Arthur: the former wears the crown in his meeting with Arthur, while Arthur himself gets the full gear from Atlan himself at the Hidden Kingdom.
  • Orm being a better fighter in the sea and Arthur a better fighter on the surface is actually incorporated into the choreography of their fights with each other. Arthur really, *really* wants to use leverage and his superior strength to throw Orm around, which Orm can easily evade in water, where his greater finesse in swimming allows him to outmaneuver his brother. When fighting underwater, it's noticeable that Arthur early on tries to grab Orm, only for Orm to easily dodge and begin dominating the fight. When fighting above water, Orm is clearly driven back at Arthur's leisure.
  • Orm is blond and clean-shaven, which is Aquaman's classic look in the comics, while Orm in the comics is dark-haired. The contrast is deliberate, it gives Orm the classic Atlantean ruler look but deconstructs it by having him be the villain.
  • Mera eating a rose makes sense when you consider that for people who live under the sea, the diet is bound to be raw meat or plants, since you can't cook underwater. This was seen earlier with Atlanna: she ate raw fish out of the bowl, and when Thomas brings her a warm drink she has to follow his motions and blow on her own drink to cool it down enough.
  • Arthur being the first Atlantean in millennia to be able to talk to the ocean creatures may seem strange because he's only half-Atlantean but it actually makes sense. The Atlanteans changed drastically over time into 7 different forms. It's likely that even the human looking Atlanteans were different from the Atlanteans of King Atlan's time and remember that it was during his time that Atlantis sank beneath the oceans. Since Atlanteans are really just offshoots of humanity or another branch of humanity, by being a mix of land human and ocean human, Arthur was probably the closest the what the Atlanteans were during King Atlan's time.
  • The Trench people attacking surface ships in the open seas with murderous frenzy, makes one wonder how many humans have fallen prey to them considering how two superstrong Atlanteans were forced to flee for their lives.
  • What exactly happens to Murk afterwards? Given he can't breathe on the surface he's pretty much stuck in that toilet bowl until someone rescues him. If he's rescued at all. It's actually worse; that water only has a finite amount of oxygen for him to intake, so unless he figures out how to operate the lever and get fresh water in the bowl, he's gonna suffocate pretty fast either way.
  • The Karathen being revealed as an intelligent, sapient creature, but unable to communicate with anyone other than Arthur, or a king from centuries ago. Was it a case of And I Must Scream for her? Was she on the verge of madness, as she was heard speaking even before Arthur revealed he could understand her, and she was just babbling to herself?
  • Orm's "warning" tsunamis sent against the surface world likely caused a huge amount of casualties and ironically would have likely caused the type of environmental disasters (sewage run-off, oil spills, etc.) that he used as justification for his campaign. Also, it is likely that one of the reasons why none of the other superheroes appear in the film is that they probably are too busy dealing with the aftermath of the attacks. While it was toned down for the movie, one has to wonder what would happen to an 88,000 ton aircraft carrier as it gets tossed around in conditions it was never designed for, let alone the destroyers that were also washed up. How many of the thousands of crew were severely injured or even killed as their ship got tossed around... all without ever knowing what was going on, and being powerless to do anything about it. It is so much worse than that. That was a US supercarrier. Those are nuclear. They better hope that reactor stays contained or it might render half the city uninhabitable. And since the Atlanteans cleaned out the whole sea, this might be a good time to be reminded that the US has 12 of them, and numerous more nuclear submarines. Describing this as a a potential ecological catastrophe might be an understatement.
  • Jason Momoa participated in the demonstration blocking the construction of the Thirty Meters Telescope. The protest has remained peaceful, with Momoa even posing for a picture with a few of the police officers on site. But because it's Momoa and he loves having fun with his fans, he made it look like he was getting arrested -- don't worry, he didn't get sent to jail. Momoa has been speaking out passionately about the construction of the TMT, as the proposed site on the island of Hawaii is considered sacred by the people who live there. Momoa also posted another video last week imploring the TMT construction to be moved to the Canary Islands, another possible alternative where the local populace is accepting the construction of the telescope. "Sorry Warner Bros we can't shoot Aquaman 2. Because Jason got run over by a bulldozer trying to stop the desecration of his native land THIS iS NOT HAPPENING. WE ARE NOT LETTING YOU DO THIS ANYMORE. Enough is enough. Go somewhere else," Momoa wrote on Instagram along with a photo of devastating effects of construction of the telescope. Momoa and the protestors' efforts are also being supported by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who went on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to address the issue. "This is so much bigger than a telescope being built," said Johnson. "This is humanity, these are human beings whose hearts are hurting, and I think any time situations like that come up... that's our indication that we gotta stop. Let's be considerate, let's be empathetic, and let's always take care of our people." There's no word yet if the construction of the Thirty Meters Telescope will be moved to the Canary Islands as the protesters are requesting.
  • Momoa took to Instagram to share an open letter about the protests, which reveals that TMT is reportedly planning to enlist law enforcement to keep protestors out. The letter calls on protestors to camp out at the proposed site, to prevent law enforcement from being able to enter. "We are asking all Kia'i Mauna to come to Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu before Sunday evening and be prepared to stay as long as you can." the letter reads in part. "We need as many people as we can get to stand in Kapu Aloha to protect Manuakea from further desecration through the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Kia'i coming to Manuakea should be prepared to camp out at Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu and should bring clothing and supplies suitable for cold weather and harsh conditions. Kia'i should also come to the Pu'uhonua with a true commitment to protect Maunakea in Kapu Aloha, peace, nonviolence, and respect." The TMT protests have been rooted in the sacred nature of the proposed site, something that Momoa has been very passionate about. "Sorry Warner Bros we can't shoot Aquaman 2. Because Jason got run over by a bulldozer trying to stop the desecration of his native land THIS iS NOT HAPPENING. WE ARE NOT LETTING YOU DO THIS ANYMORE. Enough is enough. Go somewhere else," Momoa wrote on Instagram along with a photo of devastating effects of construction of the telescope. Another celebrity (and soon-to-be DCEU star) who has joined the cause is Black Adam star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who recently spoke about the protest during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "This is so much bigger than a telescope being built," Johnson said. "This is humanity, these are human beings whose hearts are hurting, and I think any time situations like that come up... that's our indication that we gotta stop. Let's be considerate, let's be empathetic, and let's always take care of our people."
  • Dolph Lundgren admits he and co-star Jason Momoa were "suffering a lot" when filming underwater scenes as result of uncomfortable harnesses impacting "certain parts of the male anatomy."
  • "Aquaman was the first time I worked in a really computer-generated movie. The only water I saw was the water I drank between takes. There was not a drop to be seen, it's all dry for wet," Dolph Lundgren said during the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention of 2019. "So you're basically hanging in these wires, you have the harness on, and they pull you up about 20 feet, 30 feet in the air. And you're hanging up there trying to appear like you're swimming when you're talking to the other guy, and there's absolutely nothing around, there's just blue screen."
  • Dolph Lundgren recalled during filming, director James Wan instructing him to envision thousands of Atlantean troops, added later alongside other visual effects. "It's like you've got to memorize, you've got to imagine all these things," Lundgren said with a laugh.
  • Lundgren sometimes felt "claustrophobic" when suited up in the underwater king's battle armor: "I wore a wig for some scenes, and other scenes they added the hair in the computer, but the beard was there. You've got a beard on, this false beard, you've got a wig," he said. "You have like three layers of suits of various kinds of armor and all that, and then a helmet, so you're looking out through these little holes, and you're in there, like claustrophobic. But only for a few months, it wasn't so bad."
  • Despite the discomfort, Dolph Lundgren sincerely said he would have appeared in the DC Comics-inspired blockbuster "for free." "The thing for me was, it's another type of franchise. The others, Rocky and The Expendables are kind of old school, but this is a new franchise," Lundgren said. "So I would have done the work for free, because it's good to be part of those superhero movies."
  • Gregson-Williams previously wrote the score for Wonder Woman, the fourth film in the DC Extended Universe.
  • Joseph Bishara, Wan's frequent collaborator, composed a piece called "Trench Engaged" for the trench sequence.
  • It is the first film of a DC superhero in which Industrial Light & Magic provides visual effects, which is known for its work in the Star Wars, Transformers, Star Trek franchises and most of the MCU movies.
  • Atlantis's origin in the film is of getting submerged underwater due to a cataclysm from an experiment, which caused its inhabitants to develop underwater breathing and culture. This is based on the underwater town of Sub Diego, where Arthur briefly ruled; the town was originally a part of the California shore town San Diego until a failed experiment caused it to sink and force its residents to convert to underwater life. The Atlantis underwater bridge that marks its entrance is based on the Californian landmark the Golden Gate, which is a homage to Sub Diego.
  • Peter Safran previously worked with James Wan on The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle(2014), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Nun (2018), Annabelle Comes Home (2019), and The Conjuring 3 (2020).
  • When Mera discovers Arthur's escape plan was essentially a scene from Pinnochio he claims he never knew it was a book and he "saw it in a movie", he clearly was aware of the book, he was trying to shrug off the perceived insanity of the tactic, an example of his tendency to, as Mera puts it, "do his best thinking when not thinking" i.e. instinctively using simple random and esoteric trivial bits of knowledge to solve ancient complex puzzles and riddles
  • John Rhys Davies & Julie Andrews who are In Aquaman, they are also In The Princess Daires 2
  • James Wan thought of Arthur being imprisoned in a dungeon with shark guards, and Arthur would enable an escape by killing one in a violent manner with bloodshed, which would send the other sharks into a feeding frenzy. He ditched the idea as being too violent.

Spoilers

  • Arthur was originally to confront his ancestor Atlan for his trident, and Atlan would be a zombie, in a homage to his role in the DC comics as the Dead King. This was rejected in favor of the Karathen.
  • Orm's full name is Orm Marius. The name has various meanings which hints at Orm's doings in the film: * "Orm" means "snake" in Swedish and "worm" in Danish and Norwegian. A fitting name for an antagonist who is not beyond carrying out deceptions. * "Marius" derives from the Latin words "maris" ("male") and "mare" ("sea") and the Roman god of war Mars. A fitting name for a warmonger from Atlantis.
  • Patrick Wilson describes Ocean Master Orm as an ecological terrorist: "He has a very clear gripe with the surface world, which has been polluting his oceans for centuries."
  • DC Comics' Aquaman shares a few similarities to Marvel Studios' recent film Black Panther. Both films revolve around a tremendously advanced civilization (Atlantis in Aquaman and Wakanda in Black Panther) that is primarily hidden from average human society. Both civilizations decide to declare war on those in power as a result of oppression they have suffered at society's hands. Both the main protagonists and antagonists have legitimate claims to the throne of their respected civilization and are related (Arthur and Orm are half-brothers while T'Challa and Erik Killmonger are cousins). However, in a parallel to Black Panther, which had the main hero (T'Challa) as king of Wakanda and the villain (Killmonger) as an outcast living a rough life, the roles of Aquaman's Hero and Main villain are switched with the Hero (Arthur Curry) living on the surface while the main villain (Ocean Master) rules the advanced civilization and intends to declare a violent war against Humanity. Outside of story and plot, Aquaman and Black Panther have three major bad guy characters in each film. Aquaman has Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), and King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren) while Black Panther has Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), and M'Baku (Winston Duke). Although, M'Baku (despite being a Black Panther villain in the comics) is later revealed to be a heroic character in the climatic fight of the film.
  • We only see the original armor of the comic book character which is green and orange towards the end when he picks up the legendary Trident.
  • Arthur and Mera fake their death by hiding inside a whale's mouth, which Arthur says he got from Pinocchio (1940). This is the second superhero film to feature a Pinocchio homage, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
  • The costumes of Aquaman, Mera, and Ocean Master (Orm) all draw distinct similarities to the costumes from the comics. Arthur is dressed in a gold, scaly top with green accents, Mera wears a green suit along with a golden crown, and Orm sports a navy and silver suit with a distinctive silver mask. Most of these characters aren't clothed like this until the climactic scene.
  • When Arthur Curry grabs Atlans trident, we see him unlock his animal control powers in his head. Among the creatures are the monsters from the "trench", which we at the end get to see in the movie.
  • Djimon Honsou plays the Fisherman King, His makeup was both CGI and practical make-up effects to make it look more realistic.
  • During the film we find out Aquaman can't be hurt by manmade steel, only Atlantean steel. During the second fight between Aquaman and Black Manta, Manta successfully stabs Aquaman with the blade that belonged to his grandfather hinting that Manta's grandfather had run-ins with Atlanteans as well.
  • Arthur Curry's story shares a few elements with his namesake, King Arthur Pendragon. Both have to find legendary weapons (Atlan's Trident and Excalibur) which become their weapons, have to defeat their evil siblings (Orm and Morgana le Fay) to save their kingdom, and have wise mentors serving as their advisors (Vulko and Merlin).
  • The film contains references to several Disney films set in the ocean: * Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) - Atlantis was a technologically advanced civilization that became too powerful and sunk itself into the ocean. * The Little Mermaid (1989) - the female lead is a red-haired princess clad in green, who comes into conflict with her father and ventures out into the world experiencing human civilization for the first time * Pinocchio (1940) - Arthur and Mera hide inside a fish (Arthur mentions he got this from the film) * Moana (2016) - the protagonist has Polynesian heritage and is in quest of a mystic heirloom.
  • The movie pinpoints the first moment that Mera and Arthur met, which appears to be after the events of Justice League, although in Justice League (2017) Mera and Arthur spoke in Atlantis.
  • Atlanna vomits up water once she comes to in Thomas's house, foreshadowing Mera incapacitating Orm by sticking him into an air bubble and also forcing him to expunge water from his lungs.
  • Aquaman's Atlantean name, Orin, isn't used for this setting, with him going by his birth name of Arthur Curry, which sticks even as he's crowned King of Atlantis.
  • A longtime rebuttal to Aquaman's perceived lameness is that he could command Cthulhu if the two were in the same setting. This movie includes a Kaiju with tentacles dwelling in a lost underwater city, who ends up helping Arthur in great part because he's the only one that managed to converse with it.
  • The scene of Mera using Arthur's sweat to activate the message from King Atlan is reminiscent of a scene from The Fifth Element (1997), where an ancient relic on a pedestal had to be activated by someone's sweat.
  • Mera using her water power to save a drowning Thomas is remarkably similar to a scene in Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) when Katara uses waterbending to save a drowning Aang.
  • The film opens and closes with homages to the mermaid romance film Splash (1984): a man meets and falls in love with a woman from an underwater kingdom (Thomas and Atlanna, Allen and Madison), while an eccentric scientist searches for proof of the kingdom and could potentially bring harm to the couple (Dr Stephen Shin, Dr Walter Kornbluth).
  • The vortex that Arthur and Mera flee into to escape the Trench and enter the Hidden Sea is like the storm clouds that conceal the Castle in the Sky.
  • Mera falls into a wine shop and uses her powers to create a wall of blood-red wine to impale the attacking guards, her screaming and the camera angles evoking a number of horror films like Carrie.
  • ILM was the lead VFX vendor and worked on creating Atlantis and all its CG animals, the Karathen and the final battle of the film. Jeff White served as the VFX supervisor. For the underwater sequences, the actors were shot dry-for-wet on special tuning fork rigs designed by the FX team and later the bodies of the actors were replaced with digital doubles in post-production. For creating Atlantis the team relied on the designs provided by the art department. ILM's environment team created over 200 buildings, including the signature jellyfish buildings, and laid over 7000 buildings in districts covering almost 600 sq miles for the action to travel through. The underwater ships were modeled off organic creatures and designed to move that way. For the entrance to Atlantis sequence the team built over 150,000 ships to fill the traffic lanes leading into Atlantis. All the animals, including the Karathen, were built by ILM and animated using keyframe animation. Approximately 700 shots in the film required high detail hair simulations. ILM had to significantly improve their hair simulation software due to the unique aspects of hair flowing underwater. Normally hair simulations use guide strands to define or influence the movement of groups of hair strands. This did not provide a satisfying look for underwater simulation, so ultimately ILM simulated strands individually, which resulted in heavy computations. Additionally, James Wan wanted to be able to direct the hair when the physically accurate simulation resulted in undesirable results. ILM delivered 670 shots for the film.
  • Method Studios handled the Sicily fight sequence between Arthur, Mera and Black Manta; Arthur's encounter with the Karathen in the Well of the Souls and his acquisition of Atlan's Trident. For the Sicily fight sequence the team built the main square of the Italian village and terracotta tiled roof set pieces that were backed with blue screen. A completely CG village was also created based on scans and documentation of the real village. For the Well of the Souls sequence Jason Momoa was filmed dry-for-wet and captured on set in rigs that simulated underwater movements, but they ultimately felt restrictive so artists replaced the majority of his performance with a digital body double and added the CG environment, Karathen and Arthur's free-flowing locks. A specially designed 700fps shot was used in the scene where the camera travels through Arthur's eyes.
  • Arthur Curry quotes writer Jules Verne at the beginning of the film. Near the end of the film, Curry and Mera travel to the supposed center of the Earth, discovering it as a world of dinosaurs and mountains. This was very much described as the center of the Earth by Verne's novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth".
  • After David Kane/Black Manta's fight with Arthur Curry that ends with Jesse Kane (David's Dad) blowing himself up to finish the mission, camera shows a look of intense yet controlled rage on David's face and there is a loud blaring Inception-style noise from the soundtrack. A similar thing happens in the DC Extended Universe opener Man of Steel (2013), when Zod's insurrection is put down on Krypton and the pod containing baby Kal-El warps out to Earth. You can see Zod has controlled rage on his face and a similar blaring noise is heard from the soundtrack.
  • This movie primarily draws inspiration from the Geoff Johns New 52 Aquaman comics, most heavily from the Throne of Atlantis arc. In Throne of Atlantis, though, Orm is manipulated by Vulko to declare war on the surface world after a nuclear strike on Atlantis happens. The story further differs from the movie with Orm's army actually storming the beaches of the surface and attempting to destroy an American City and the Justice League has to stop him. Other differences in Throne of Atlantis and Aquaman include Arthur considering joining Orm's forces in Throne of Atlantis, while in Aquaman he is steadfast in not working with his half-brother. Also, Orm's fate is slightly different in Throne of Atlantis than in Aquaman. He is still defeated by Arthur, but then turned over to A.R.G.U.S. and imprisoned, presumably in Belle Reve and interrogated by Amanda Waller.
  • The movie Aquaman has several similarities to a film produced by DC's rival Marvel: Black Panther (2018). Both movies revolve around a hidden and hyper-advanced civilization that the world knows little to nothing truly about (Wakanda and Atlantis) and deal with royal drama. Both films feature a villain who has a legitimate claim to their kingdom's throne (Erik Killmonger and Orm Marius). However, Aquaman is also a parallel to Black Panther as Arthur Curry is an outcast king while T'Challa is the legitimate king of his country by birthright.
  • The Hidden Sea hosts an underground world where prehistoric life thrives. This world is based on Skartaris (a region of Atlantis, home to the DC hero the Warlord) and Pacifica (an island where Atlanna lived during exile in the New 52 DC Comics)
  • During Vulko's monologue about the history of Atlantis before it descended into the Atlantic Ocean, he mentions that Atlantean scientists invented a power source of unlimited energy. The Power Source resembles the Arc Reactor from the Iron Man movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and provides a similar amount of energy.
  • The last scene shown before the opening titles appear before the Manta pirates attack the Russian Submarine shows Arthur as a boy talking to fish at an Aquarium using his powers. He is subsequently teased and physically harassed by two bullies who shove him up against the glass of the tank, and then a Great White Shark pounds into the glass, cracking it. This is oddly similar to a scene from the first Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) where Harry talks with a large boa constrictor unknowingly using Parseltongue and is subsequently shoved to the ground by his bully cousin which prompts Harry to make the glass disappear and the snake to 'attack' Dudley. The only difference between the two scenes is that young Arthur seems to be in conscious control of his Atlantean abilities while Harry didn't know what he was doing.
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