A new image from Aquaman has arrived, along with some teases about Atlantis and Black Manta from director James Wan. Though we’ve been seeing images of Jason Momoa as Aquaman, it was only last month that the character finally got the spotlight in Justice League. Even still, many of the scenes involving Mera and Atlantis were cut, along with all of Willem Dafoe’s Vulko. Given that, next year’s Aquaman will have a lot to explore as it delves into the Atlantean king and his pantheon.
With Aquaman having already wrapped filming, it shouldn’t be long before a teaser arrives to offer a look at the world of the film. In the meantime, set photos and official images from the film have teased everything from Mera to plenty of shirtless Jason Momoa. It seems that Aquaman will span the title character’s life from everything we’ve heard so far, meaning there will be plenty of time where Momoa isn’t in his Justice League costume. Now, the latest look at the movie continues that trend.USA Today has a new image from Aquaman that looks to be from the same scene as the other shirtless shot of Momoa. Along with the look at Arthur Curry, director James Wan also spoke about what makes the story of the film work.
“He doesn’t quite fit in, but as the story progresses, he realizes he’s the best of both worlds. Circumstances allow him to grow as a human being and then realize the bigger picture of it all and what it means to have these abilities.”
Part of Arthur Curry coming into his own will be the land dweller realizing his place amongst Atlanteans, offering Warner Bros and DC the chance to bring the epic city to life on the big screen. For Wan, the creation of Atlantis was an opportunity to “make something that is from our planet but at the same time, it’s a visual we’re not familiar with.”
Within the spectacle of Atlantis, however, there will also be a number of intriguing characters pulled from the pages of DC Comics. Along with Mera and Vulko, we’ll meet the villains of Aquaman. Primarily, that will be Arthur’s half-brother Ocean Master. But we know Black Manta will be fighting in Aquaman.
According to Wan, Manta “is very primal” and his motivations will be a “classic revenge story.” In the comics, Manta and Aquaman are tangled in a bitter rivalry, and it’s possible that the evolution of that conflict in the DCEU will play out in future films. With Aquaman just a year away, we shouldn’t have to wait much longer to learn more.