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Aquaman [2018] (2 discs)

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Director:James Wan
Writer:David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Will Beall
Composer:Rupert Gregson-Williams
Length:143 minutes
(2 hours 23 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:65%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.


Reaction: Fun. Entertaining. Exciting. And Momoa actually makes the orange and green outfit work at the end.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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James Wan => Director
David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick => Writer
Will Beall => Writer
Rupert Gregson-Williams => Composer
Mort Weisinger => Aquaman created by
Paul Norris => Aquaman created by
Amber Heard => Mera
Andrew Crawford => Brine King & King Ricou
Devika Parikh => Newscaster Morgan
Djimon Hounsou => King Ricou (voice)
Dolph Lundgren => King Nereus
Graham McTavish => King Atlan
Hank Amos => Submarine Pirate
Jason Momoa => Arthur
John Rhys-Davies => Brine King (voice)
Julie Andrews => Karathen (voice)
Ludi Lin => Captain Murk
Michael Beach => Jesse (Manta's Father)
Natalia Safran => Queen Rina
Nicole Kidman => Atlanna
Patrick Wilson => King Orm
Randall Park => Dr. Stephen Shin
Robert Longstreet => Professor James
Temuera Morrison => Tom Curry
Willem Dafoe => Vulko
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II => Manta

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jason Momoa specifically requested Temuera Morrison for the role of Arthur's father, Temuera Morrison is one of Momoa's acting idols.
  • 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."
  • James Wan revealed he had a choice of choosing to direct between The Flash (centred on the Flash) and Aquaman, but chose Aquaman because he is the underdog.
  • Jason Momoa admitted to playing pranks on all of his fellow cast members during filming except for Nicole Kidman.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • According to Amber Heard, the underwater scenes required cast members to be hosed down and then being filmed on a cold soundstage.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • The backstory of Atlantis is very similar to the one in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, 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 be sank into the sea. The king then sealed that object away so as not to let others use it in the wrong ways again.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael Kenneth Williams and [?] Michael Jai White expressed interest in playing Black Manta.
  • Djimon Hounsou has appeared in the DC extended universe as King Ricou in Aquaman, as the titular wizard in Shazam and also in Constantine 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].
  • 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).
  • 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 Polynesiands have a strong aquatic heritage.
  • [?] Jeff Nichols and [?] Noam Murro were considered to direct the film.
  • 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.