New Mutants isn’t the only 2018 blockbuster to be tinged with horror; as Hollywood veteran Willem Dafoe noted late last week, Warner’s hotly-anticipated Aquaman is also steeped in the genre of shrill music and jump-scares, which isn’t all that surprising given it’s coming by way of The Conjuring mastermind, James Wan.
Placing Jason Momoa’s King of the Seven front and center, the Aquaman standalone pic has naturally taken a backseat to Justice League, which will find Momoa’s Atlantean rubbing shoulders with Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and The Flash late next month. There’s also the resurrection of Superman to consider, though we imagine Zack Snyder’s DC blockbuster will spend time establishing the titular team before drafting Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel into the fight.
And similar to how Batman V Superman introduced Gal Gadot’s Amazonian before the arrival of Wonder Woman, Snyder’s Justice League flick will allow viewers to get acquainted with Aquaman in anticipation of James Wan’s self-contained spinoff. It’s shaping up to be a star-studded affair, too, and though most of our coverage has been limited to set photos and leaked videos hitherto, The Aquaman Shrine has unearthed a new piece of artwork that offers a tiny glimpse at the Ocean Master, Atlanna, and more. It’s lifted from a T-shirt that was purportedly given out to members of the crew, so don’t be expected anything too revealing.
Like we said, it’s not exactly one to stop the presses. Nevertheless, with Jason Momoa at its core, Warner Bros. has cast Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Green Lantern‘s Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, and the and Oscar-winning Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.
Aquaman roars into theaters on December 21st, 2018 and for the first time in three years, Warner Bros. won’t have to contend with a big-name Star Wars movie from Lucasfilm, which is instead preparing to launch the Han Solo anthology pic on May 25th of next year.