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James Wan Explains Underwater Talking in Aquaman


Following on the heels of EW’s exclusive chat with studio execs heaping praise on Aquaman, they have another scoop.  This time it’s on the touchy subject of how underwater dialogue is going to be handled by director James Wan.  Entertainment Weekly spoke with Wan to get some insight into how it would be handled differently in the solo Aquaman movie versus how Zack Snyder dealt with the issue in Justice League.  Here’s an excerpt…

You’ll recall that in Justice League, director Zack Snyder had Mera (Amber Heard) create a giant air pocket underwater so she could have a chat with Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). Fans drowned that scene with criticism, noting that Atlanteans don’t need air to talk. Wan then teased on Twitter he would handle underwater dialogue differently in his upcoming stand-alone movie, which has caused all sorts of speculation as to how he might pull that off.


EW got to see about 15 minutes of the new film and noticed something. The characters … when they’re underwater … they just …

“People are overthinking it,” Wan says. “They’re just gonna talk!”

Precisely. Characters underwater speak normally in the film despite being underwater. Wan then adds a tad bit of a visual effect as Atlanteans speak, suggesting sound waves, but that’s all. It’s a rather brilliantly simple and naturalistic-looking solution to a problem that isn’t wasn’t actually that big of a problem in the first place.


You can read the full article HERE.

You can check out our filmography page and photo gallery for Aquaman while we wait for the trailer to drop sometime this week.

Following the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry, the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is caught in a battle between surface dwellers and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.  Aquaman is directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Willem Dafoe and Dolph Lundgren.  The film rides into theaters on December 21st, 2018.

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