James Wan On “Aquaman” Filming Challenge

He’s handled his share of difficult shoots before, but filmmaker James Wan has revealed that unsurprisingly the upcoming “Aquaman” movie is proving a major challenge due to the underwater nature of the shoot.

Speaking with Heat Vision on a break during filming, Wan discussed the technical issues with such a shoot:

“It’s a very technically challenging shoot to be on. Working with water, and even the dry-for-wet sequences are very complex. … Our equivalent of two people sitting around chatting in the underwater world is super complicated. You have to think about CG with the hair, and how their clothing moves, how are they floating, what kind of rig we put them on and all that stuff.”

Part of the reason is Wan is trying not to cheat and so is doing as much of the film for real as he can – skipping out on the CG visual effects wherever possible:

“That just makes it very difficult and time-sucking and time-challenging to do all of this. So it’s not an easy shoot – but hopefully, it will pay off in spades down the line.”

Wan also spoke about the hiring of Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. Wan explained it was his friend, director Mike Mendez, who suggested Lundgren for the role which requires a certain regalness. Of the action star, Wan says:

“He’s a really strong actor. I don’t think anyone gives him enough credit for how serious he actually takes his craft. He’s taking it very seriously on this film.”

“Aquaman” is currently targeting a December 21st 2018 release.