It’s no secret that Wonder Woman is the superhero movie of the moment – and for very good reason, it seems – but with the cameras already rolling Down Under, DC fans are quietly beginning to keep a close eye on the standalone Aquaman movie.
Headed up by horror maestro James Wan – in fact, Arthur Curry’s solo movie will reportedly have a horror slant when it makes land late next year – Aquaman will herald the return of Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as DC’s King of the Seven, after he was first introduced to the grand DCEU via a small cameo role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But if Zack Snyder’s titanic event movie handled the King of Atlantis rather poorly, Wan’s spinoff will look to portray Aquaman in a new light and maybe – just maybe – reinstate his status as a badass icon among the DC roster.
In doing so, the filmmaker will be calling upon a who’s who of Hollywood talent, and an early onslaught of set photos has already unveiled Amber Heard kitted out in full costume as Mera, Queen of Atlantis.
Other sea dwellers include Vulko (Willem Dafoe) and Patrick Wilson (Orm), not to mention Queen Atlanna, the Atlantean mother of Arthur Curry. Nicole Kidman signed on quite recently to play the latter, and during a recent interview with Deadline, the Oscar-winning actress recalled the moment when she agreed to join Aquaman as a “female warrior from the sea.”
Well, James Wan is Australian, and he’s a friend of mine,” Kidman said of landing the role in the upcoming movie. “I think he’s going to make an amazing movie. We’ve always circled each other, so when he came to me, I was like, ‘James, I’ll do anything for you.’ When he said ‘female warrior from the sea’ who wears mother-of-pearl, I went, ‘Yes. Female warrior from the sea. Me like.’
Set some time after the events of Justice League – unlike, say, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which took place before Captain America: Civil War on the MCU timeline – Aquaman is expected to pull into port on December 21st, 2018.