With production starting next summer in Australia on the highly-anticipated Aquaman, new details about this superhero adventure are finally starting to come in. A new report reveals what working title this DC Comics adaptation will have when principal photography gets under way, while a new DC Comics cover will showcase cartoon versions of stars Jason Momoa as the title character and Amber Heard as his queen, Mera. Unfortunately, no plot details have been confirmed yet, but hopefully it's only a matter of time before we know more about the story.
Production Weekly revealed in its December 1 edition that, when filming begins on Aquaman next summer, it will have a secret working title of Ahab. So, for fans in Australia next summer, if you see signs for a film called Ahab, it will actually be for Aquaman. Most major studios use working titles like Ahab to help keep their productions a secret from the press and fans snooping around movie sets. Now that the working title is out, we'll have to wait and see if it has any impact on the production. The Ahab title is most likely a reference to Captain Ahab from the iconic novel Moby Dick.
In related news, a new comic book cover has been revealed, which features cartoon versions of Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Amber Heard's Mera. This comic book cover is for Teen Titans Go! #20, which will be released in time for Valentine's Day 2017, featuring Aquaman and Mera alongside a number of DC Comics' other iconic couples, such as Batman and Catwoman, Raven and Beast Boy, and there are even Suicide Squad versions of Harley Quinn and the Joker. While it seems unlikely that this comic will shed any light on the Aquaman plot, it will be a fun holiday-themed tie-in to the movie on Valentine's Day.
We reported last month that pre-production has gotten under way at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast of Australia, the same studio where Thor: Ragnarok was filmed earlier this year. Filming on Aquaman will also take place at Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom. As for the actual story, director James Wan also recently teased that there will be adventure romance elements to Aquaman, comparing it to the 1984 Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner blockbuster Romancing the Stone. The director says that the story starts out with Aquaman and Amber Heard's Mera "not quite clicking with each other," and that Mera is not someone you would want to "mess with."
As of now, the only other confirmed cast member, aside from Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, is Willem Dafoe, who will first be featured in Justice League as Nuidis Vulko before having an expanded role in Aquaman. James Wan is directing Aquaman from a script by Will Beall, based on a story by James Wan and DC Films president Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. has set a July 27, 2018 release date for Aquaman, which puts it between The Flash (March 16, 2018) and Shazam (April 5, 2019). Take a look at the comic book artwork below featuring the cartoon versions of Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Amber Heard's Mera.
Valentine's 2017: TEEN TITANS GO! #20 art features Jason Momoa & Amber Heard DC Films versions of Aquaman & Mera with famous DC couples! pic.twitter.com/jGgSC34fkb— The Aquaman Shrine (@AquamanShrine) November 28, 2016