During a press trip to the set of Aquaman, production designer Bill Brzeski offered details on two key flashback scenes in the DC film.
Director James Wan’s Aquaman will center on the titular hero’s conflict with his half-brother Orm and his search for King Atlan’s Trident, but the film will also explore Arthur Curry’s past through flashback scenes. One of those flashback scenes will be set at the Boston Aquarium, which was seen in the first trailer for the film, and Brzeski offered further details on the sequence:
“All of a sudden all the creatures in the aquarium… start banging on the glass, coming to rescue him, and he doesn’t even understand why. All the other kids freak out. So we’re in this aquarium. It’s beautiful. All of a sudden, all these animals are banging on the glass. Sharks are trying to get him and get the other kids. Everybody freaks out. So that’s one flashback.”
Brzeski also offered details on a scene in which a teenage Arthur first discovers his inherited powers:
“It looks like he’s dead, and then he comes back to life, and he goes, ‘What the … I’m alive?’ He gets this water in his lungs, and all of a sudden his eyes change color… What happens is his body reacts positively to being underwater, because he’s got Atlantean blood in him, and he can swim down there, and he can do stuff. And he doesn’t drown. It’s a very traumatic scene. It’s like a real scene where somebody drowns. We’re shooting it actually underwater in a tank here, and he survives. He gets home, and said, ‘Dad, what’s going on? Come on.’ So then the father starts to tell him a little bit about who he is, and they find a [quindent] in the house.”
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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.