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  • All-Star Cast: There's no shortage of names here. The cast ranges from modern stars (Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) to Hollywood veterans (Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Djimon Hounsou and, surprisingly, Julie Andrews).
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
    • The reason Nicole Kidman agreed to play Atlanna (Aquaman's mother) was that she's friends with fellow Aussie James Wan and after he described the role to her, she thought it would be fun.
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    • When Julie Andrews was offered a part in the movie, she said yes as soon as her agent described what the part was.
  • Billing Displacement: Randall Park gets supporting cast billing in the Creative Closing Credits in spite of only appearing in two very short scenes in the whole film. If it wasn't for the mid-credits scene, his first appearance would've been a Mythology Gag with how brief it is.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Minor one with Aquaman, who's introduced as being born in 1985 and the film being set circa 2018. Jason Momoa was born in 1979.
    • Orm is Arthur's younger brother, and Patrick Wilson is six years older than Jason Momoa. The former being clean-shaven and short-haired while the latter is bearded and long-haired helped sell the fact that Orm is younger.
  • Executive Meddling: The decision to include Black Manta didn't belong to James Wan, it was Geoff Johns (who was at the head of DC Films back then) who decided to include him, as he's one of his personal favorite characters out of all those he worked on at DC Comics.
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  • Inspiration for the Work: James Wan has described the film as being an adventure film in the vein of Romancing the Stone and Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as The Karate Kid (1984) and Star Wars.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • James Wan is quite possibly the biggest name in modern horror, but Aquaman is a Lighter and Softer 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.
    • Dolph Lundgren usually plays imposing bad guys, action heroes, or both. While King Nereus is opposed to the protagonist and does a reasonable amount of fighting, he's ultimately a noble Anti-Villain who's just obeying the will of his king.
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    • Who in the world would have expected Julie Andrews to voice a gigantic sea monster?
  • Playing with Character Type: Willem Dafoe has been typecast as characters who die and/or turn evil, with his last role in a superhero movie fitting the mold perfectly. Here Vulko was heroic all along and doesn't die.
  • Production Posse:
    • Patrick Wilson's involvement makes this his fifth film with James Wan.
    • James Wan's longtime friend and collaborator Leigh Whannell makes a cameo as a cargo plane pilot.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Hiroki Yasumoto (Aquaman), Miyuki Sawashiro (Queen Atlanna) and Yuuichi Nakamura (Orm) are both Azrael, Carl Clover and Yuuki Terumi respectively and also Guile, Cammy and Fei-Long as well.
  • Release Date Change: The film's release date was moved from July 27, 2018 to October 5. Then it was moved again, to December 21. It also came out one week earlier than previously scheduled in the UK, on December 14, and even earlier in China, on December 6.
  • So My Kids Can Watch:
    • Jason Momoa has been excited to play the role from second one when Zack Snyder chose him all the way back in 2013, but he has also expressed how happy he was for his children who are just as thrilled. He even saved his first watching of the finished film for the premiere to discover it at the same time as them.
    • Crossing with Awesome, Dear Boy, Nicole Kidman said that while she had fun filming, her daughters were especially interested in the film after learning that she was playing a superhero queen.
  • Spoiled by the Cast List: 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.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: Aquaman and Black Manta's new costumes were first glimpsed on a crew shirt, before finally being shown in full when images of the movie's statue line by DC Collectibles leaked online.
  • Star-Making Role: While neither Jason Momoa nor Amber Heard were unknowns going into the movie, they weren’t particularly superstars. Momoa was a recurring Game of Thrones 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 Johnny Depp 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 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who played Black Manta. He was virtually unknown beforehand and afterwards became a hot commodity on the scene.
  • Working Title: "Ahab".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Karl Urban was considered for the part of Ocean Master before Patrick Wilson was cast.
    • Peter Jackson, Jeff Nichols, and Noam Murro were approached to direct the film before James Wan 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 Aquaman and The Flash, 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 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 Justice League (2017) movie (including Ben Affleck's departure from the franchise) likely contributed to the cameos being axed.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Or rather sound familiar. Patrick Wilson previously voiced the US President in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • Djimon Hounsou (who plays the Fisherman King and will also be playing the Wizard Shazam in the 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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