Aquaman is still a long ways away from its theatrical release, but fans are gradually starting to learn more details about what to expect from the superhero movie. With star Jason Momoa introducing the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reprising the role in this year’s Justice League, producers are finally beginning to reveal more specifics about Aquaman’s role in the DC cinematic universe.
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming solo flick so far.
1. The cast
As fans have known for quite some time now, Jason Momoa is set to portray the titular aquatic superhero. The actor was attached to the role for months prior to Warner Bros.’s official announcement in 2014. The studio released the first official look at Momoa as Aquaman in early 2015.
Amber Heard will co-star as Aquaman’s main love interest (and eventual Queen of Atlantis), Mera. Heard herself confirmed that she had accepted the role and even tried on a costume, telling ET, “Yeah, yeah I have. It’s… interesting [laughs]. I’m wearing, um… it’s like, half suit of armor, half scales. I don’t know, it’s strange. But we’re in the process of building it now, so it’s coming along.
Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman will play Aquaman’s mother and Patrick Wilson will star as Orm, a villain who happens to be Aquaman’s half-brother (but more on that later).
Willem Dafoe is playing Aquaman’s adviser, scientist Dr. Vulko; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is classic villain Black Manta; and Temuera Morrison is Aquaman’s father.
Dolph Lundgren has also joined the cast as King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Mera as his own and wants to kill Aquaman.
2. The creative team
It was originally reported that Aquaman was being developed on dual tracks with Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300) hired to pen separate, competing scripts for Aquaman. Last November, Warner Bros. hired David Leslie Johnson to write the movie, although it’s unclear whether he created a whole new script or revised one of the previous drafts. Johnson has previously penned screenplays for The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, Orphan, and Wrath of the Titans and has also written for The Walking Dead.
The project will reunite Johnson with director James Wan (above), who helmed both Conjuring movies and is also known for directing Saw and Furious 7. Wan signed on to helm Aquaman last year, following the huge success of Furious 7.
Following rumors reported by Birth.Movies.Death. that Wan was contemplating leaving the project, the director tweeted a picture of himself standing beneath a giant poster of Aquaman, suggesting that he isn’t going anywhere.
Meanwhile, Charles Roven and Zack and Deborah Snyder will produce.
3. The Justice League movie will come first
Momoa made his debut as Aquaman in 2016’s superhero battle movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He is set reprise the role once again in this year’s Justice League Part One before going on to his own adventures in the Aquaman solo movie, currently scheduled for 2018.
Aquaman appears in the new Justice League images (seen below) and was also a focus of the first teaser trailer for Justice League (seen above).