The highly anticipated Aquaman film starring Jason Momoa looks like it will really make a splash (Get it?) on the big screen this December. We’ve been seeing some promising stuff so far and plenty of excitement from the cast and we sure as hell are seeing the same among fans. Directed by James Wan from Conjuring fame, the film will also tackle Arthur Curry’s younger days albeit in the form of flashbacks.
Now we have a little more information on the flashbacks from which we saw brief glimpses of in the trailer featuring young Arthur. Of course, we’re expecting him to be picked on before discovering his abilities Harry Potter style but it looks like it’s gonna be way more than that.
Speaking with Cinemablend, Aquaman production designer Bill Brzeski provided some narrative details surrounding two key flashbacks scenes in the film. On the aquarium bit we saw in the trailer, he revealed:
“All of a sudden all the creatures in the aquarium… start banging on the glass, coming to rescue him, and he doesn’t even understand why. All the other kids freak out. So we’re in this aquarium. It’s beautiful. All of a sudden, all these animals are banging on the glass. Sharks are trying to get him and get the other kids. Everybody freaks out. So that’s one flashback.”
That’s not a big surprise cause it looks very much like what we saw in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but he’s given us more on how an older Arthur (Not that old) slowly discovers his powers. The scene would happen after he experiences a near-death experience at… you guessed it, sea. He explains:
“It looks like he’s dead, and then he comes back to life, and he goes, ‘What the … I’m alive?’ He gets this water in his lungs, and all of a sudden his eyes change color… What happens is his body reacts positively to being underwater, because he’s got Atlantean blood in him, and he can swim down there, and he can do stuff. And he doesn’t drown. It’s a very traumatic scene. It’s like a real scene where somebody drowns. We’re shooting it actually underwater in a tank here, and he survives. He gets home, and said, ‘Dad, what’s going on? Come on.’ So then the father starts to tell him a little bit about who he is, and they find a [quindent] in the house.”
This sounds pretty interesting but hopefully we see it done right on screen instead some simple shoe-horned flashback for the sake of it. It’s unclear how and when these flashbacks would fit into the whole thing but hopefully it doesn’t look forced but Wan hasn’t messed up too badly yet so Aquaman can provide something good for fans and general audiences.