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Ever since Aquaman made his first DCEU appearance in his Batman V Superman cameo, many fans have been on pins and needles waiting for the character's first ever solo movie. The character is so strikingly different from anything that we have seen in a superhero movie before (particularly a DC superhero movie) that the promise of a brand new world is almost too good to pass up. We still don't know what to expect from Aquaman, but Power Rangers star Ludi Lin (who stars as Murk in the water-based DC film) recently came out and explained that it's so different from other DC movies that it is almost like Star Wars. Lin said during a recent radio interview:
The difference between Aquaman and the other superheroes in the DC Universe, is that it exists almost in a different world. James Wan, our director, is amazing. He's described his vision as 'Star Wars underwater' because it is! All the physics are different, their weapons are different, the characters are very unique. It's just super cool.
To date, most DC films have predominately taken place on Earth's surface or in furthest reaches of outer space. Aquaman is the first DC film to take place underwater, which means basic scientific concepts like gravity do not apply the way they do in other movies. In the same way that Star Wars creates an entirely new world that feels alien to our own, James Wan has apparently crafted an undersea landscape that operates under a different set of rules. Will we get lightsaber-esque duels with badass tridents? Only time will tell.
If you need any other reason to get excited, elsewhere in his interview on Kiss Radio, Ludi Lin discussed the shooting some of his first days on Aquaman set. Talking about the process, he explained that it involved a sequence featuring Willem Dafoe's Vulko riding a hammerhead shark -- something that was hinted at to CinemaCon attendees earlier this year. If that does not get your inner geek going, then I am sorry to say that nothing will. We've known about the shark-riding for some time, but the idea never fails to capture our collective imagination. After all, that's some fairly classic Aquaman imagery.
That said, we still need Arthur Curry to join the surface world first -- which is where Justice League comes into play. Jason Momoa's take on the King of Atlantis looks equal parts rock star and lumberjack, and the trailers for Zack Snyder's upcoming DCEU film seems to frame him as a comedic relief big gun for the ensemble. Everything about the character seems fundamentally different from the types of stories offered by Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, or Diana Prince, so it only makes sense for his movie to capitalize on that.