This year, DC is releasing only one movie in the form of Aquaman. What originally began as a joke on Entourage is now a full-blown movie with James Wan in the director's chair. Wan has been working on the film for the past two years, working hard to make a campy character serious while embracing the spirit of comic books. We won't know if Wan accomplished his mission until December, but the director can finally rest, because he has officially finished work on the film.
A very sleepy James Wan has taken to Instagram to share that he has officially completed work on Aquaman. The superhero movie is the first solo adventure for Aquaman, who debuted last year in Justice League. Wan took a moment to thank the post-production team who worked on the VFX, sound, and editing for devoting so much time to making this film. In a movie as technically complex as Aquaman, the special effects must have been insane to put together, so one can image the effort that was put into Aquaman by hundreds of people.
Judging by all the released footage for Aquaman, you can see why Wan gave his team a shoutout. There are loads of special effects and CGI in this movie. It takes place underwater, after all, which is complicated enough to begin with. Filming underwater scenes on set must have been challenging enough, but the VFX is what ties it all together.
Hopefully, all this work and sleepless nights will pay off. It's tough to judge the buzz around the film at the moment, but it looks like people are genuinely curious about what the movie has to offer. As far as dollars are concerned, the movie is currently projected to open to $60 million, which is in line with some Phase One Marvel movies. It's not a record-breaker, but it's realistic for a standalone superhero movie for a new franchise.
Aquaman is directed by James Wan and follows Arthur Curry, whose royal Atlantean ancestry makes him the rightful king of Atlantis. Arthur must juggle his royal destiny with own desires as he embarks on a quest with Mera (Amber Heard), to prevent a war between Atlantis and the surface world. The film stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman.
James Wan finished his movie with time to spare. Aquaman releases in theaters on December 21. To learn more details about the superhero movie, here's everything you need to know. The undersea epic isn't the only thing arriving theaters this year. For everything else making its way to theaters before the year wraps, be sure to check out our 2018 movie release guide.