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* FakeAmerican: At least three of them. Queen Atlanna, King Atlan, and Thomas Curry(admittedly, Atlanteans aren't actually American, but they speak with the accents anyway) are played by the Australian Creator/NicoleKidman, the Scottish Creator/GrahamMcTavish and the New Zealander Creator/TemueraMorrison, respectively.

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* FakeAmerican: At least three of them. Queen Atlanna, King Atlan, and Thomas Curry(admittedly, Curry (admittedly, Atlanteans aren't actually American, but they speak with the accents anyway) are played by the Australian Creator/NicoleKidman, the Scottish Creator/GrahamMcTavish and the New Zealander Creator/TemueraMorrison, respectively.


* SpoiledByTheCastList: Atlanna is played by Nicole Kidman which makes it highly likely she will appear again outside of the prologue as a star of her ranking wouldn't be limited to just a few minutes of screen time. In addition, the apparent de-aging affects suggest her re-appearance will be an older version of Atlanna than in the prologue.

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* SpoiledByTheCastList: Atlanna is played by Nicole Kidman which makes it highly likely she will appear again outside of the prologue as a star of her ranking wouldn't be limited to just a few minutes of screen time. In addition, the apparent de-aging affects effects suggest her re-appearance will be an older version of Atlanna than in the prologue.prologue (after all, you don't hire an actor who needs a fair amount of expensive CGI de-aging to play the entire part).

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* FakeAmerican: At least three of them. Queen Atlanna, King Atlan, and Thomas Curry(admittedly, Atlanteans aren't actually American, but they speak with the accents anyway) are played by the Australian Creator/NicoleKidman, the Scottish Creator/GrahamMcTavish and the New Zealander Creator/TemueraMorrison, respectively.


* ExecutiveMeddling: The decision to include Black Manta didn't belong to Creator/JamesWan, it was Creator/GeoffJohns (who was at the head of DC Films back then) who decided to include him, as he's one of his [[CreatorsFavorite personal favorite characters]] out of all those he worked on at DC Comics.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The decision to include Black Manta didn't belong to Creator/JamesWan, it was Creator/GeoffJohns (who was at the head of DC Films Creator/DCFilms back then) when the film was greenlit) who decided to include him, as he's one of his [[CreatorsFavorite personal favorite characters]] out of all those he worked on at DC Comics.Creator/DCComics.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/DCExtendedUniverse Enough for its own page]]

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/DCExtendedUniverse Enough for its own section on the DCEUís page]]


* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/KarlUrban was considered for the part of Ocean Master before Creator/PatrickWilson was cast.
** Creator/PeterJackson, Creator/JeffNichols, and [[Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire Noam Murro]] were approached to direct the film before Creator/JamesWan was hired. Jackson turned down the offer due to his lack of interest in comic book movies.
** James Wan revealed he initially had the choice of which film he wanted to direct between ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and ComicBook/TheFlash, but chose the former for being the "underdog".
** At one point, the Dead King, an ancestor of Aquaman who was resurrected as an insane zombie, was to appear in the film as an antagonist, but he was removed.
** Black Manta originally had more screen time in the movie, but the test audience and Wan felt like it was too much so his scenes were cut down. This was because they weren't sure if Aquaman would get sequel, but once they realized the movie would be a success, they made the changes to save it for the sequel.
** Concept art depicting the Atlantean invasion of the surface world shows a sequence of Comicbook/{{Batman}} arriving in his jet to help defend Sydney. It's unknown if any other heroes were considered, but the uncertain future of the Justice League characters following the failure of the ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' movie (including Creator/BenAffleck's departure from the franchise) likely contributed to the cameos being axed.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/KarlUrban was considered
WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/DCExtendedUniverse Enough for the part of Ocean Master before Creator/PatrickWilson was cast.
** Creator/PeterJackson, Creator/JeffNichols, and [[Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire Noam Murro]] were approached to direct the film before Creator/JamesWan was hired. Jackson turned down the offer due to his lack of interest in comic book movies.
** James Wan revealed he initially had the choice of which film he wanted to direct between ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and ComicBook/TheFlash, but chose the former for being the "underdog".
** At one point, the Dead King, an ancestor of Aquaman who was resurrected as an insane zombie, was to appear in the film as an antagonist, but he was removed.
** Black Manta originally had more screen time in the movie, but the test audience and Wan felt like it was too much so his scenes were cut down. This was because they weren't sure if Aquaman would get sequel, but once they realized the movie would be a success, they made the changes to save it for the sequel.
** Concept art depicting the Atlantean invasion of the surface world shows a sequence of Comicbook/{{Batman}} arriving in his jet to help defend Sydney. It's unknown if any other heroes were considered, but the uncertain future of the Justice League characters following the failure of the ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' movie (including Creator/BenAffleck's departure from the franchise) likely contributed to the cameos being axed.
its own page]]


* StarMakingRole: While neither Creator/JasonMomoa nor Creator/AmberHeard were unknowns going into the movie, they werenít particularly superstars. Momoa was a recurring ''Series/GameOfThrones'' guest star who was far less famous than the actors actually in the main cast, while Heard was much more famous for being the ex-wife of Creator/JohnnyDepp than for her acting career. The success of ''Aquaman'' changed that dynamic for good, and launched both their careers into the stratosphere.

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While neither Creator/JasonMomoa nor Creator/AmberHeard were unknowns going into the movie, they werenít weren't particularly superstars. Momoa was a recurring ''Series/GameOfThrones'' guest star who was far less famous than the actors actually in the main cast, while Heard was much more famous for being the ex-wife of Creator/JohnnyDepp than for her acting career. The success of ''Aquaman'' changed that dynamic for good, and launched both their careers into the stratosphere.


** Creator/PeterJackson and Creator/JeffNichols were approached to direct the film before Creator/JamesWan was hired. Jackson turned down the offer due to his lack of interest in comic book movies.

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** Creator/PeterJackson Creator/PeterJackson, Creator/JeffNichols, and Creator/JeffNichols [[Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire Noam Murro]] were approached to direct the film before Creator/JamesWan was hired. Jackson turned down the offer due to his lack of interest in comic book movies.


* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/DjimonHounsou (who plays the Fisherman King and the Wizard Shazam in the [[Film/Shazam2019 film of the same name]]) and Natalia Safran (who plays Queen Rina here and Mrs. Sivana in ''SHAZAM!'') both apply, although both wear so much makeup and prosthetics that they are unrecognizable save for their voices.



* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/DjimonHounsou (who plays the Fisherman King and will also be playing the Wizard Shazam in the [[Film/Shazam2019 film of the same name]]) and Natalia Safran (who plays Queen Rina here and Mrs. Sivana in ''SHAZAM!'') apply as well, although both wear so much makeup and prosthetics that they are unrecognizable save for their voices.


* YouLookFamiliar:
** Or rather ''sound'' familiar. Patrick Wilson previously voiced the US President in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
** Creator/DjimonHounsou (who plays the Fisherman King and will also be playing the Wizard Shazam in the [[Film/Shazam2019 film of the same name]]) and Natalia Safran (who plays Queen Rina here and Mrs. Sivana in ''SHAZAM!'') apply as well, although both wear so much makeup and prosthetics that they are unrecognizable save for their voices.

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* YouLookFamiliar:
** Or rather ''sound'' familiar.
YouSoundFamiliar: Patrick Wilson previously voiced the US President in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
** * YouLookFamiliar: Creator/DjimonHounsou (who plays the Fisherman King and will also be playing the Wizard Shazam in the [[Film/Shazam2019 film of the same name]]) and Natalia Safran (who plays Queen Rina here and Mrs. Sivana in ''SHAZAM!'') apply as well, although both wear so much makeup and prosthetics that they are unrecognizable save for their voices.


* DeletedScene:
** In a original version of the film, the Trench were meant to be played by actors in costumes and they featured shark-like heads.
** After beeing captured by Orm Marius, Arthur Curry is thrown in a prison where he starts a prison riot, which ends up involving Sharks-guards.
** A scene where Arthur Curry grabs Mera out of the water during a moment when the waves were particularly powerful.



** Creator/PeterJackson, Creator/JeffNichols, and [[Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire Noam Murro]] were approached to direct the film before Creator/JamesWan was hired. Jackson turned down the offer due to his lack of interest in comic book movies.

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** Creator/PeterJackson, Creator/JeffNichols, Creator/PeterJackson and [[Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire Noam Murro]] Creator/JeffNichols were approached to direct the film before Creator/JamesWan was hired. Jackson turned down the offer due to his lack of interest in comic book movies.


* StarMakingRole: While neither Creator/JasonMomoa nor Creator/AmberHeard were unknowns going into the movie, they werenít particularly superstars. Momoa was a recurring ''Series/GameOfThrones'' guest star who was far less famous than the actors actually in the main cast, while Heard was much more famous for being the ex-wife of Creator/JohnnyDepo than for her acting career. The success of ''Aquaman'' changed that dynamic for good, and launched both their careers into the stratosphere.
** A more straightforward example would be Creator/YahyaAbdulMateen, who played Black Manta. He was virtually unknown beforehand and afterwards became a hot commodity on the scene.

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* StarMakingRole: While neither Creator/JasonMomoa nor Creator/AmberHeard were unknowns going into the movie, they werenít particularly superstars. Momoa was a recurring ''Series/GameOfThrones'' guest star who was far less famous than the actors actually in the main cast, while Heard was much more famous for being the ex-wife of Creator/JohnnyDepo Creator/JohnnyDepp than for her acting career. The success of ''Aquaman'' changed that dynamic for good, and launched both their careers into the stratosphere.
** A more straightforward example would be Creator/YahyaAbdulMateen, Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII, who played Black Manta. He was virtually unknown beforehand and afterwards became a hot commodity on the scene.

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* StarMakingRole: While neither Creator/JasonMomoa nor Creator/AmberHeard were unknowns going into the movie, they werenít particularly superstars. Momoa was a recurring ''Series/GameOfThrones'' guest star who was far less famous than the actors actually in the main cast, while Heard was much more famous for being the ex-wife of Creator/JohnnyDepo than for her acting career. The success of ''Aquaman'' changed that dynamic for good, and launched both their careers into the stratosphere.
** A more straightforward example would be Creator/YahyaAbdulMateen, who played Black Manta. He was virtually unknown beforehand and afterwards became a hot commodity on the scene.


** Creator/JamesWan is quite possibly the biggest name in modern horror, but ''Aquaman'' is a LighterAndSofter superhero film that takes heavily after the retro adventure movies of the '80s with a bit of fantasy mixed in. Wan deliberately invoked this trope, wanting to make it different by sheer design. Though, to be sure, the monstrous Trench and Karathen do provide a bit of a horror element to the film as well.

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** Creator/JamesWan is quite possibly the biggest name in modern horror, but ''Aquaman'' is a LighterAndSofter superhero film that takes heavily after the retro adventure movies of the '80s with a bit of fantasy mixed in. Wan deliberately invoked this trope, wanting to make it different by sheer design.design[[labelnote:*]]though it's not his first time playing outside the horror sandbox, as he previously directed ''Film/FuriousSeven''[[/labelnote]]. Though, to be sure, the monstrous Trench and Karathen do provide a bit of a horror element to the film as well.

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