During an interview with ComicBook.com, Aquaman director James Wan explains why the Atlanteans will throw up when they suddenly exit the water.
Aquaman will pit the titular DC hero against his half-brother Orm and during a press visit to the edit bay, attendees were shown footage of Mera rescuing Arthur during a showdown with his sibling by opening a patch of air underwater. When Orm finds himself inside of the patch air, he begins to struggle and ends up spewing water from his mouth and director James Wan offered a reasonable explanation for this creative decision:
Just from a practical standpoint, people ask me, when they talk, ‘Is it bubbles that come out of their mouth?’ No, ’cause there’s no air in your lungs, so there wouldn’t be any bubbles, right? Because you don’t do that, right? And, so, then, in that sequence, where you saw Mera open up this air pocket to suck Orm away from Arthur, help him out, now, when he’s breathing, the first thing he does is he using the air pockets, where he could get out all of the water that’s in his lungs.
Of course, the cast did not actually shoot their scenes underwater and James Wan detailed the research they did to understand how people would move underwater:
“We built props, we built sets, and we submerged everything under water, and we did tons of study just to see what things would look like. Ultimately, what we realize, is what we can do under water… We’re still very much limited by what we’re capable of doing, because we’re normal human beings. We’re not Atlantean, right? These guys, obviously, move very differently in a water space, in that space. To them, they’re basically like super heroes, but, for us, we swim slowly.”
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From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
Aquaman will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018.