'Aquaman' Is Shooting Most of Its Scenes Underwater, Making Production 'Super Complicated'

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'Aquaman' director James Wan explains the “complex” and “complicated” shoot

In all movies under DC, it has been revealed that "Aquaman" is technically challenging to shoot as it was just revealed by its director, James Wan. It was the home of fisherman Tom Curry, who met the teenage Atlantean boy Orin (a.k.a. Aquaman) and raised him as his son, giving him the name Arthur Curry. Shooting underwater scenes can be quite a logistical problem, especially if you're method about it. James Cameron's The Abyss is one famous example, for both the depths to which Cameron went to get real underwater footage for his sci-fi thriller, and the frequency with which these measures nearly killed several people involved. No matter how complicated it is, I think we're in good hands with Wan at the helm of Aquaman.

"Having said that, I'm not completely unaware of the stigma". Sure, you have to make some choices about lighting and camera placement and how hard to flog your actors, but for the most part it's pretty straightforward.

On June 28, we got a look at Dolph Lundgren (who plays King Nereus in the film) practicing stunts for one of the film's dry-for-wet shoots. 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", Wan told The Hollywood Reporter recently.

Wan revealed that the challenges primarily stem from his desire to utilize the film's stars as much as possible because he intends to only use CGI when necessary. So it's not an easy shoot - but hopefully it will pay off in spades down the line.

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Aquaman will open in theaters on December 21, 2018. Shooting is now underway on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, with extensive filming to be accomplished at Village Roadshow Studios.

The Aquaman cast includes Jason Momoa as the titular King of Atlantis, with Amber Heard as his wife Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Ludi Lin as Murk, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Academy Award victor Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and Michael Beach as Jesse Kane.

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