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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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According to Amber Heard, the underwater scenes required cast members to be hosed down, and then shooting took place on a cold soundstage.
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James Wan revealed he had a choice of choosing to direct between Flashpoint (2020) (centred on the Flash) and Aquaman, but chose Aquaman because he is the underdog.
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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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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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When Atlanna throws the trident at the TV, it's showing Stingray (1964), an underwater adventure series that features an antagonist who rules an underwater kingdom and wishes to wage war on the surface world.
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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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During Arthur's meeting with Vulko, the Annabelle doll from director James Wan's "Conjuring" horror films can be seen on the floor.
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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 At the End of the Spectra (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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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 specific weapon of the Greek sea god Poseidon.
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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 Thomas Curry's house, on the table is a H.P. Lovecraft novel, "The Dunwich Horror." Lovecraft was a horror writer pioneer, whose Ctulhu novels involved man-eating fish people and tentacle creatures deep under the ocean.
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The film is based on Geoff Johns's 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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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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Director James Wan cited the adventure films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Romancing the Stone (1984) as an influence on this film.
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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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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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James Wan wanted Atlanteans to wear capes, but costume designer Kym Barrett pointed out that capes underwater drag down the wearer. They settled on capes being worn only by members of Atlantean royalty.
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Dolph Lundgren is the first actor to star in both the Arrowverse and the DCEU.
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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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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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The Atlantean device in the Sahara bears the symbols of the Zodiac, and their accompanying astronomical constellations.
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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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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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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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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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At the beginning of the film, Arthur goes bare-chested; this was Aquaman's attire in the 1990s.

By the final battle Arthur gets the orange and green suit that is Aquaman's classic costume.
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Tom (Temuera Morrison) arrives in his living room to find Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) eating a goldfish from his fish tank. He responds with "I was going to cook you some eggs", a popular line used in his 90s New Zealand Cult Classic "Once Were Warriors".
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Michael Beach who portrays Black Manta's father Jesse Kane in the film, had previously voiced Devil Ray (another name for Black Manta) in Justice League Unlimited (2004).
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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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Leonardo DiCaprio was going to produce the film from his production company.
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In the film, Aquaman is brunette and Orm is blonde, while in the DC comics, Aquaman was blonde and Orm was a brunette.
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David Kane (Black Manta) has a manta-shaped submarine. This was taken from the comics.
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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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Despite playing the younger brother in the movie, Patrick Wilson is five years older than Jason Momoa. Additionally, Nicole Kidman, who plays their mother, is only seven years older than Wilson.
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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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Jason Momoa publicly expressed interest in wanting Zack Snyder to direct.
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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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Michael Kenneth Williams and Michael Jai White expressed interest in playing Black Manta.
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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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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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Arthur rides a giant seahorse briefly in the final battle. This came from the opening credits of Aquaman (1967).
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First DCEU film to gross $1 billion worldwide
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Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman the Prince of Atlantis, had previously starred in the TV show Stargate: Atlantis (2004). Michael Beach had also starred in that show in a minor role.
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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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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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Producer Peter Safran's wife Natalia Safran plays the Fisherman Queen.
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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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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 the sixth film in the DCEU.
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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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Amber Heard's (Mera) line "I got a diplomatic immunity" could be a tongue-in-cheek joke maybe to remind Aussie viewers when she (and Johnny Depp) were made to apologize to the Australian people for bringing in their pet dogs undeclared to Customs and Border Protection. She almost got banned from entering Australia ever again. Aquaman was shot in Australia with an Australian director.
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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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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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Kurt Johnstad and David Leslie Johnson worked on the script before being replaced by Will Beal.
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This is Patrick Wilson's second role in a DC Extended Universe film, he had previously portrayed the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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In Thomas Curry's lighthouse, on the table is a H.P. Lovecraft novel, "The Dunwich Horror." Dunwich was a large town in the county of Suffolk, UK, which was lost to the sea in 1278, during a great storm.
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Jason Momoa had appeared in Baywatch (1989), and his co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II had starred in Baywatch (2017).
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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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Costume designer Kym Barrett based the Atlantean wardrobes on wetsuits.
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Willem Dafoe and Temuera Morrison previously worked together in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).
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This film borrows elements from the comic "Aquaman: The Trident of Atlantis" (Arthur has to take his place as King of Atlantis although he is renuent to do it, Orm wants to go to war with the surface world and allies himself with evil people to make it look like they're as evil as he says, and Arthur gets his trademark orange and green suit that is an ancient Atlantean armor).
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Patrick Wilson (Orm) played younger brother to Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry although he's six years older than him.
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First DC film since 2012 to earn more than $1 Billion at the international box-office.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Arthur Curry's story shared a few stories with his namesake, King Arthur Pendragon. Both had to find legendary weapons (Atlan's Trident and Excalibur) which became their renown weapons, had to defeat their evil siblings (Orm and Morgana le Fay) to save their kingdom, and had wise mentors who served as their advisors (Vulko and Merlin).
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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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When Arthur Curry grabs Atlans trident, we see him unlock his animal control powers in his head. Among the creatures are the monsters from the "trench", which we at the end get to see in the movie.
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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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