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The DCEU is about to expand in a major way. Not only will its most iconic team assemble for the first time when Justice League hits theaters later this year, but certain iconic heroes will finally jump from page to screen in solo movies of their very own. Chief among these solo films is James Wan's upcoming Aquaman movie -- whose development has stood out as one of the most hopeful elements of the entire live-action DC landscape. We have watched Arthur Curry's solo movie gradually come together through its development process over the course of the last year, and now it appears that cameras will finally start rolling on the project this week.

A new report from The Courier Mail confirms that Aquaman is currently gearing up to begin production, which will begin this week in Queensland, Australia. The filming process for the highly anticipated DC movie is expected to add $100 million to the local economy and create at least 600 local jobs, so clearly it's a good situation for all involved. No word as to how long production on Aquaman will take, but there's plenty of time to get the whole film in the can and ready to go for its December 2018 release date. Australia has become an incredibly desirable filming location for many highly anticipated blockbusters in recent years. In addition to the upcoming production of James Wan's Aquaman, the Gold Coast has also served as the home for the sets of Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Honestly, we're just glad to learn that Aquaman is currently getting ready to begin production because you never know what's going to happen with a DC film. The entire Warner Bros. superhero slate has gone through all sorts of turbulence over the course of the last year as the studio has dealt with the mixed receptions to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Couple that with the fact that other DC movies like The Flash and the solo Batman movie are currently stuck in development hell, and you're left with Aquaman as the one upcoming DC movie that has experienced a relatively easy path to production.

The importance of Aquaman is further amplified by the sheer amount of brand new characters that it will bring into the fold. Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) has never appeared in a mainstream live-action film before, so his first solo movie will lay the groundwork for an entire undersea world of heroes and villains. Among these outlandish personalities, we will see Mera (Amber Heard), Vulko (Willem Dafoe), Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Orm (Patrick Wilson), and Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), in addition to all of those fish that Arthur can talk to. This is a moment that Aquaman fans have waited a long time to see, and we couldn't be more excited to see what happens next.

We will bring you more information related to Aquaman as more details related to the project become available to us. Arthur Curry will make his proper silver screen debut when Zack Snyder's Justice League premieres in theaters later this year on November 17, 2017. Aquaman will follow one year later on December 21, 2018.

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