As part of an extensive cover story on the film, EW has released the first photos from James Wan’s “Aquaman” movie from Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films.
The new shots offer us first looks at key characters like Black Manta, King Orm/Ocean Master, Vulko, Mera, and Queen Atlanna. In the film Aquaman is the reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt. He is, nevertheless, committed to protecting the entire globe.
Talking about Black Manta, Wan describes the secondary villain as “part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space. Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story, but our main story is about Jason [Momoa] and Patrick [Wilson].”
Wan adds his depiction of the undersea world of Atlantis will be quite different to the previous ones: “The water world my movie takes place in is so separate and so far apart from previous DC movies it’s like I’m making my own sci-fi fantasy film. This is a whole new underwater world nobody has seen before in live action.”
Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ludi Lin, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and Michael Beach co-star in the film which Wan helms from a script by Will Beall, Geoff Johns and himself.
“Aquaman” opens on December 21st in theaters everywhere.