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Jason Momoa specifically requested Temuera Morrison for the role of Arthur's father, Tom. Morrison is one of Momoa's acting idols.
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During the duel between Arthur and Orm, an octopus plays a drum solo. According to director James Wan, this octopus is Topo, Aquaman's octopus sidekick from the 1950s-60s.

Wan was initially unsure about putting Topo in the film, but was inspired to do so after watching Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), saying, "If that film could have a guy playing a flaming guitar, I'm going to have an octopus drummer in mine."
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Nicole Kidman immediately accepted the role of Atlanna when director James Wan said that she could wear "Mother-of-Pearl and be a Mermaid Warrior."
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Jason Momoa admitted to playing pranks on all of his fellow cast members during filming except for Nicole Kidman.
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James Wan revealed he had a choice of choosing to direct between Flashpoint (centred on the Flash) and Aquaman, but chose Aquaman because he is the underdog.
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Director James Wan cited the sea monster film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) as an influence on the portrayal of the Trench monsters for this movie.
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According to Amber Heard, the underwater scenes required cast members to be hosed down and then being filmed on a cold soundstage.
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Director James Wan confirmed that Atlanteans would not talk inside protective speech bubbles as portrayed by Zack Snyder in Justice League (2017). When asked about it, he said, "People are overthinking it. They're just gonna talk!"
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A number of underwater waterfalls are seen in the film. This is an actual phenomenon. The ocean is made up of two different layers of water: warm, light water and cold, dense water; the difference in densities means the layers are separate and causes the heavier cold water to fall, forming a waterfall.
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When Arthur and Mera find their sea craft, the Annabelle doll from director James Wan's "Conjuring" horror films can be seen on the floor.
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When Atlanna throws her trident at the TV, it's showing Stingray (1964), Gerry Anderson's British children's TV puppet underwater adventure series that featured an antagonist of the Fishmen, who similarly ruled an underwater domain in conflict the surface world. One member of the aquatic dwellers though was the mute Marina latterly in cahoots with - and love interest to 'Stingray' craft commander - the surface.
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James Wan wanted Atlanteans to wear capes, but costume designer Kym Barrett pointed out that capes drag underwater. They settled on capes being worn only by members of Atlantean royalty.
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Nicole Kidman was director James Wan's top choice for the role of Atlanna. They were previously set to work together on a remake of Al final del espectro (2006), but the film was scrapped. Kidman has been a long-time supporter of Wan's career and has publicly raved about his films Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013), calling him "The New Master of Horror." She was also eager to join as filming took place in her home country of Australia.
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Nicole Kidman attended her first Comic-Con in 2018 especially to promote this film.
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Director James Wan believed that what makes Aquaman unique is his Atlantean heritage, saying, "We're used to superhero movies where the threat is from another dimension or aliens from another universe coming here and trying to destroy our Earth. But we haven't seen one where the main threat is from a massive, massive civilization that is right under our nose, in the ocean.... The idea that there could be a massive civilization living right underneath [us] that we don't know about is kind of scary and exciting."
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In the movie, tridents are used only by those of royal blood from Atlantis: King Atlan, Atlanna, Orm, Arthur, and King Ricou. The trident is the traditional weapon of the Greek sea god Poseidon.
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The film is based on Geoff Johns' 2011 "Aquaman" comic.
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Nicole Kidman, who plays Aquaman's mother Queen Atlanna, had declined the role of Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman (2017) (in the comics, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman was Aquaman's ally and sometimes love interest).
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First DCEU film to gross $1 billion worldwide
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Thomas Curry has a H.P. Lovecraft novel, "The Dunwich Horror" on his table. Lovecraft was a horror writer, whose Cthulhu novels involved man-eating fish people and tentacle creatures deep under the ocean.
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Director James Wan cited the adventure films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Romancing the Stone (1984) as influences on this film.
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King Ricou was named after Ricou Browning, a noted diver and underwater stuntman best known for portraying the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
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Amber Heard declared in an interview on Good Morning America (1975) that she would read books between takes and that Jason Momoa would purposely rip out their pages so she would pay attention to him. Eventually, her reading material was kept in a special book bag made of "green screen" fabric, which allowed her to keep her books close even when filming special effects shots.
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Before its initial release in the United States, Aquaman surpassed every solo Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in the Chinese box office -- only seven days after its release.
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Aquaman's suit was supposed to be a surprise in 2016. Instead, Zack Snyder released the photo of Momoa wearing the Aquaman suit in February 2015. Snyder called Momoa moments before its release to the world.
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This film marked the fifth collaboration between director James Wan and actor Patrick Wilson, after Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), and The Conjuring 2 (2016).
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When Tom (Temuera Morrison) sees Atlanna eating a goldfish from his fish tank, he says, "I was going to cook you some eggs", a line from Morrison's film Once Were Warriors (1994).
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David Kane's first Manta helmet is based on the Golden Age Black Manta helmet, which was a conventional helmet with breathing apparatus connected.
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Some Atlantean soldiers are seen riding giant seahorses. In Greek mythology, the sea god Poseidon drives a chariot pulled by seahorses (known in Greek mythology as the hippocampi).
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King Atlan's trident has Atlantean writing engraved on it. According to James Wan, it reads "Paul & Mort," referring to Aquaman creators Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.
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This is the first DCEU film to be shot entirely with digital cameras. Nearly all previous installments were shot solely on 35mm (and partially 70mm IMAX film for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)).
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This was director James Wan's third non-horror film and his first superhero film.
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The Fishermen tribe were created through a combination of make-up (for the top half, the upper torso) and computer-generated imagery (for the bottom half, the tails).
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The film's working title was "Ahab," the name of an anti-heroic sea captain in Herman Melville's classic story "Moby Dick."
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In the film, Aquaman is brunet and Orm is blond, while in the DC comics, Aquaman was blond and Orm was a brunet.
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Jason Momoa grew up with the world of superheroes and has always been fascinated by Aquaman because he loves the underwater world and all the mysteries that can be found there.
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King Nereus and Mera appear as father and daughter in the film, while they were unrelated and betrothed to marry in the New 52 comics.
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Dolph Lundgren is the first actor to star in both the Arrowverse and the DCEU.
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Patrick Wilson describes Ocean Master Orm as an ecological terrorist: "He has a very clear gripe with the surface world, which has been polluting his oceans for centuries."
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Arthur and Orm are elder and younger brothers, but Patrick Wilson is five years older than Jason Momoa, while Nicole Kidman, who plays their mother, is seven years older than Wilson.
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The Atlantean device in the Sahara bears the symbols of the Zodiac and the accompanying astronomical constellations.
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Most of the actors in this movie have starred as another character from DC/Marvel films. Patrick Wilson starred as Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II from Watchmen, Willem Dafoe played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever, Djimon Hounsou (King Ricou) as Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy and Papa Midnight from Constatine, Temuera Morrison (Thomas Curry) as Abin Sur from Green Lantern, Randall Park (Dr. Shin) as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Dolph Lundgren as Konstantin Kovar from the Arrow TV series as well as The Punisher. In addition, Graham McTavish, who portrayed King Atlan, also voiced Loki in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
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Thomas Curry keeps a pet dog, a golden retriever. In the comics Aquaman and Mera adopted a golden retriever whom they dubbed "Aquadog."
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Arthur rides a giant seahorse briefly in the final battle. This came from the opening credits of Aquaman (1967).
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With the release of Aquaman, The DC expanded universe crosses $4 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the first franchise to cross the milestone with fewer movies -- six movies as of 2018.
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Michael Beach who portrays Black Manta's father Jesse Kane, voiced Devil Ray (another name for Black Manta) in Justice League Unlimited (2004).
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None of the underwater scenes were actually filmed underwater. Instead, methods of rigging the actors into harnesses, along with extensive CG work (sometimes even including their hair), were applied to make them appear floating/submerged.
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Ocean Master's real name, Orm, means "snake" in Swedish and "worm" in Danish and Norwegian. Marius is also a common name for boys in Norway.
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Leonardo DiCaprio was going to produce the film from his production company.
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David Kane (Black Manta) has a manta-shaped submarine. This was taken from the comics.
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Principal photography began in Australia on May 2, 2017. Most of the film was shot at Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, with production also held in Canada, Italy and Morocco, and wrapped on October 21, 2017.
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Jason Momoa publicly expressed interest in Zack Snyder directing.
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According to James Wan, the scene where Arthur and Mera emerge from the ocean in slow-motion to Pitbull's song "Ocean to Ocean" is a tribute to Wan's previous film Furious 7 (2015).
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Leigh Whannell, James Wan's collaborator going back to the original Saw movie, makes a cameo as the cargo plane pilot.
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Michael Kenneth Williams and Michael Jai White expressed interest in playing Black Manta.
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Peter Safran and James Wan made a concept video of Aquaman and Mera fighting the Trench and showed it to Warner Brothers. The studio was impressed with the video and Safran feels it got the film produced.
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Jason Momoa previously starred in the TV show Stargate: Atlantis (2004). Michael Beach also starred in that show in a minor role.
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Jason Momoa was surprised to be cast as Aquaman because the character in the comics is a brown-haired Caucasian man who actually looks a lot like his co-star Patrick Wilson. Zack Snyder wanted to break the barrier of not having any mixed-race heroes in the DC Universe's films and knew that Momoa was the only choice to play Aquaman.
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Producer Peter Safran's wife Natalia Safran plays the Fisherman Queen.
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This is John Rhys-Davies's fifth comic-book role after The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) (Wilson Fisk), Batman: The Animated Series: The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy (1992) (Baron Waclaw Jozek), Fantastic Four (1994) (Thor), and Justice League (2001) (Hades).
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Djimon Hounsou has appeared in the DC extended universe as King Ricou in Aquaman, as the titular wizard in Shazam and also in Constantine as Midnite. In the Marvel Movie Universe Djimon was Korath in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel. He also voiced T'Challa in the animated version of Black Panther.
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Mera's line "I have diplomatic clearance" could be a tongue-in-cheek joke maybe to when Amber Heard and Johnny Depp were made to apologize to the Australian people for bringing in their pet dogs undeclared to Customs and Border Protection. They almost got banned from entering Australia ever again. Aquaman was shot in Australia with an Australian director.
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Filming wrapped for Cast and Crew on the 20th of October 2017.
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This is the third comic-book feature for actors Temuera Morrison (after Green Lantern (2011) and Barb Wire (1996)), Dolph Lundgren (after The Punisher (1989) and Arrow (2012)), and Willem Dafoe (after Spider-Man (2002) and Death Note (2017)).
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First DCEU movie to cross a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and the first DC comics movie to cross a billion since The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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After appearing as Jimmy Woo in Ant-man and the Wasp, Actor Randall Park appears in Aquaman as Dr. Stephan Shin. Though the film takes Inspiration from New 52 Comics run, Dr. Shin's character had been changed/improvised for the film.
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This is the sixth film in the DCEU.
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Jeff Nichols and Noam Murro were considered to direct the film.
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This is Graham McTavish's sixth comic-book role, after Loki (Marvel animated features), Sebastian Shaw (Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)), Savanti Romero (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)), Fergus McDuck (DuckTales (2017)), and the Saint of Killers (Preacher (2016)).
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This is Patrick Wilson's second role in a DC Extended Universe film. He previously portrayed the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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Costume designer Kym Barrett based the Atlantean wardrobes on wetsuits.
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First DC film since 2012 to earn more than $1 Billion at the international box-office.
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In Thomas Curry's house, on the table is a H.P. Lovecraft novel, "The Dunwich Horror." Dunwich was a large town in the county of Suffolk, England, which was lost to the sea in 1278 during a great storm.
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It is the third live-action theatrical film featuring Aquaman, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), and the first full-length feature film centered around the character.
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Jason Momoa appeared in Baywatch (1989), and his co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II starred in Baywatch (2017).
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Kurt Johnstad and David Leslie Johnson worked on the script before being replaced by Will Beal.
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Patrick Wilson and Michael Beach have worked together in Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) which James Wan directed.
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Willem Dafoe and Temuera Morrison previously worked together in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).
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Patrick Wilson (King Orm) is the fourth actor from Watchmen (2009) to appear in the DC Extended Universe, after Carla Gugino (Kelor in Man of Steel (2013)), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)), and Billy Crudup (Henry Allen in Justice League (2017)). Before being adapted to film, "Watchmen" was also a comic book series published by DC Comics.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Arthur Curry's story shares a few elements with his namesake, King Arthur Pendragon. Both have to find legendary weapons (Atlan's Trident and Excalibur) which become their weapons, have to defeat their evil siblings (Orm and Morgana le Fay) to save their kingdom, and have wise mentors serving as their advisors (Vulko and Merlin).
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At the beginning of the film, Arthur goes bare-chested; this was Aquaman's attire in the 1990s. King Atlan's attire is Aquaman's green and gold costume, with a crown and green cloak; this was Aquaman's royal suit in the Alex Ross graphic novel "Kingdom Come". Arthur himself gets this suit, but in its classic design without the crown and cloak, near the end of the film. (In the comics his costume was traditionally orange and green, but this was because of the simplicity of the coloring and printing process of the day. The orange was used to represent gold.)
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Arthur was originally to confront his ancestor Atlan for his trident, and Atlan would be a zombie, in a homage to his role in the DC comics as the Dead King. This was rejected in favor of using a sea monster instead for Arthur to meet.
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Arthur and Mera fake their death by hiding inside a whale's mouth, which Arthur says he got from Pinocchio (1940). This is the second superhero film to feature a Pinocchio homage, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
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