'Aquaman' director James Wan explains the "complex" and "complicated" shoot


Our equivalent of two people sitting around chatting in the underwater world is super complicated.

James Wan, the director of the upcoming Aquaman movie, isn't anxious about all the existing jokes at the character's expense.

Wan spoke about the difficulties of filming Aquaman with The Hollywood Reporter, saying both the water and dry-for-wet sequences are "very complex".

Judging from trailers for Justice League, it does certainly look like Warner Bros.is trying to strike a nice balance with Aquaman, and it seems to be working so far.

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Adding to the difficulty is Wan's desire to make minimal use of CGI, opting to shoot with actors as often as possible, which he says makes filming "very hard and time-sucking and time-challenging". So it's not an easy shoot - but hopefully it will pay off in spades down the line.

Arriving Dec. 21, 2018, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman/Arthur Curry, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Murk, and Michael Beach as Jesse Kane. While the plot has been kept under safe guards, the director recently opened about the film and teased a few spoilers from the Jason Momoa movie.

According to IMDB.com, "Aquaman" has an estimated budget of $160 million-a modest figure compared to the first installment of previous superhero films. But before the film comes out, it'll have to contend with its real villain: water. Director James Cameron told MTV News in 2011, "We have to figure out how to do performance capture underwater, which has never been done". While the leaked photo does not say much, it is suspected that it has something to do with Mera's decision to run away from King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren), whom she has been arranged to marry in the comic books. He has also directed "Dead Silence" and "Death Sentence", "Insidious", "The Conjuring" and "Insidious: Chapter 2", "Furious 7", and "The Conjuring 2". He also served as a producer for "Annabelle" and several titles within the "Saw" franchise.

DCEU has only one movie releasing next year - Aquaman.