Aquaman Starts Filming For 2018 Release
Atlantis just got one step closer to the silver screen. Movieweb.com reports that filming began this week at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The area has become a movie-making magnet, with the blockbusters Thor:Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Kong: Skull Island also filming there. They will also be filming in Newfoundland, Sicily, and Tunisia. The lovely new logo seen above was also released today.
The last time we saw the King of Atlantis was in a cameo after the credits of last year’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) provides Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with information he retrieved from LexCorp’s computers. She opens files with her Wonder Woman symbol, as well as Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher) and The Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller). In a video within the file, Aquaman comes out of the depths to take down the LexCorp spy camera like Alec Baldwin on a paparazzi. Aquaman will next be seen alongside all of the above superheroes in Justice League, which hits screens November 17, 2017.
Director James Wan, known for co-creating the Saw and Insidious franchises, wants to bring the same darkness from those films into this one. The script was written by Will Beall based on a story by Wan and Geoff Johns, who also wrote several comics on the superheroes. Beside Momoa, the cast includes Amber Heard playing his love interest Mera, Nicole Kidman and Temuera Morrison as his parents Queen Atlanna and Thomas Curry, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, an Atlantean advisor. Fleshing out the character list is Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s half-brother/nemesis Orm (aka Ocean Master), Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus of Xebel, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen as Black Manta, the super villain of the Aquaman comics.
As of now, Warner Brothers has it slated for a December 21, 2018 release, hoping to capitalize on the lack of a Star Wars feature at that time. James Wan recently released the first set photo on Twitter, so hopefully more will be revealed in the coming months.