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  • Jason Momoa publicly expressed interest in wanting Zack Snyder to direct.
  • Jeff Nichols and Noam Murro were considered to direct the film.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was going to produce the film from his production company.
  • This is James Wan's third non-horror film and his first superhero film.
  • Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman the King of Atlantis, had starred in the TV show Stargate: Atlantis (2004).
  • Aquaman's suit was supposed to be a surprise in 2016. Instead, Zack Snyder released the photo of 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's 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 marks 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 adaptation for Temuera Morrison (after Green Lantern (2011) and Barb Wire (1996)), second comic book adaption for Nicole Kidman (after Batman Forever (1995)), Willem Dafoe (after the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films) Dolph Lundgren (after The Punisher (1989)), and Patrick Wilson (after Watchmen (2009)).
  • At one point, the Dead King, an ancestor of Aquaman who was resurrected as an insane zombie, was to appear in the film as an antagonist, but he was removed.
  • 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 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 and The Conjuring, calling him "The New Master of Horror". She was also eager to join as filming took place in her homeland 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) (in the comics, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman was Aquaman's ally and sometimes love interest).
  • 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 in the film, had previously 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 is "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 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.
  • Ocean Master's real name Orm means "snake" in Swedish.
  • 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 what film he wanted 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))
  • James Wan believes that what makes Aquaman unique is his Atlantean heritage: "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 filming required cast members to be hosed down, and then shooting took place on a cold soundstage.
  • James Wan, the director, confirmed that Atlanteans won't talk inside protective speech bubbles as portrayed by Zack Snyder in Justice League. When asked 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 cites the adventure films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Romancing the Stone (1984) as an influence on the film.
  • James Wan cites the sea monster film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) as an influence on the portrayal of the Trench monsters.
  • 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 their accompanying astronomical constellations.
  • 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 wear contact lens for the film as the original character had blue eyes

Spoilers

  • 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."
  • The trident is the specific weapon of the Greek sea god Poseidon. In the film, tridents are used only by those of royal blood: Atlanna, Orm and eventually Arthur.
  • 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
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