Today, we have a few items to share about the DC Extended Universe:
A Significant Aquaman Location
James Wan, director of the upcoming solo superhero feature Aquaman, posted a photo of a location they’re shooting at (see below). Why? Because this one is pretty significant to the title character’s origins and the social media share has fans very excited.
What we see in the photo is a lighthouse at Hastings Point in New South Wales, Australia. What we also see, through the lens of the DCEU, is the lighthouse home of Tom Curry in Amnesty Bay.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) August 11, 2017
Tom Curry (played by Temuera Morrison) is the human father of Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), raising the future Justice League member as a boy on that very site. We still don’t know if he just adopts young Arthur or if the movie will go with the version of the origin where he’s the biological father and Aquaman is only half man and half Atlantean. Nicole Kidman is playing the character’s mother, Atlanna, who could have had a relationship with the lighthouse keeper.
We’ll see when Aquaman opens on December 21, 2018.
The next DCEU movie to hit theaters will be Justice League, out this fall. The superhero team-up will be a curious thing to behold, given the efforts to tweak the franchise after the critical beatdown of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and lauding of Wonder Woman (which is now the higher-grossing effort of the two in the U.S. and Canada). Even beyond the initial tonal shifts, Justice League has also had extensive reshoots, mostly handled by Joss Whedon taking over the project from Zack Snyder.
One thing rumored to be part of the reshoots is an increase to Wonder Woman’s role, given her current popularity and cultural cache. Another that we’ve now learned about is that Justice League member Victor Stone, aka Cyborg (Ray Fisher), was reworked somewhat as a character. Joe Morton, who plays the cyborg superhero character’s father, Silas Stone, shared a bunch of details in an interview with IGN, includining this information:
Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray, the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.
Morton also confirmed he’ll be in a solo Cyborg movie if that happens and compared his Justice League role to his part in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Go to IGN for the rest.
Ben Affleck on Joss Whedon’s Involvement
Speaking of the Justice League reshoots, Ben Affleck, who reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, talked to Entertainment Weekly about the experience of working with Whedon on the movie following Snyder’s personal leave of absence from the franchise. Here’s what he had to say about the strange circumstances:
It’s a little bit unorthodox. Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in…. [It’s] an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.
Additionally, Affleck defended the reshoots, admitting to doing some for Argo and Gone Baby Gone, too. And he had this to say about the state of the DCEU in general at this point:
This is a really nice time to work in DC. They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working.
Justice League opens on November 17.