‘Justice League’ VFX Supervisor Talks Creating Aquaman Underwater Sequences

Visual effects have evolved quickly in the last few years.

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Justice League VFX supervisor Bryan Hirota opened up about how the evolution of technology helped the Aquaman underwater sequences look better.

Visual effects technology evolves every year, and when it comes to big-budget superhero movies, the VFX teams behind them are the ones making the adventure look as realistic as possible. However, certain heroes come with their own unique challenges. In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the film’s crew had to make Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman look convincing underwater, and the VFX supervisor on the film recently opened up to Heroic Hollywood about the process.

Recently, Bryan Hirota spoke to us about how the effects used in the underwater Aquaman scenes had evolved from the footage used in the theatrical cut. Hirota also revealed that sometimes it made sense to discard some moments from Justice League because of how technology has advanced in the last few years. Take a look a below.

“Our hair solvers and cloth solvers are better now than they were years ago. If there was a shot that required us to go back in and deal with… if we didn’t have good caches for like beard and hair simulations, we would just evaluate if it was worth the effort to promote the work to our new workflow or try to ram it through the old one. Obviously, technology has advanced quite a bit for anything that we would do new if it made sense to discard what we had had from the old stuff. The Aquaman underwater stuff that we did was an evolution of the stuff that we’d done on the original theatrical. Now years later, the approaches and techniques have evolved, and continue to evolve.”

What did you think to the effects in Justice League? Were you impressed by the Aquaman scenes in the new cut? Sound-off in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Justice League:

“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, Harry Lennix, and Ciarán Hinds.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now available on HBO Max. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and the future of the DC Extended Universe, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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