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Warner Bros. sets 'Sherlock' sequel date
Meyer particularly highlighted that DC Comics characters are key parts of Warner's future, mentioning a July 20, 2012 release date for the latest "Batman" film by Christopher Nolan and a holiday season 2012 "Superman" film.
He added that the studio is also "nearing" a greenlight for a "Flash" movie, with films featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Mad magazine characters also in development.
Hollywood Reporter, May 27

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'Aquaman' Movie Hooks Two Writers (Exclusive)

Aquaman is being developed on dual tracks, where studios and producers hire two separate writers to work on the same project in the hopes of getting the best version. The practice allows for release dates to be set while a project is still in development while giving it a muscular push. Warners needs just that as last week it dated nine untitled DC movies between 2016 and 2020.

Warners is not revealing which one of those will be Aquaman, but the first untitled DC movie is due for release on Aug. 5, 2016, with two more due in 2017, on June 23 and Nov. 17, respectively.

Aquaman is one of comicdom’s classic characters, having been created in 1941 by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. The character has been with the Justice League since the team's inception in 1960 and got a major boost in pop culture recognition with the 1970s cartoon series Super Friends. The show, however, also made him the butt of jokes about him being too hackneyed and simple; the perception was that all he could do was talk to marine animals.

(The jokes continue to this day. An Aquaman movie was at the center of a major storyline on HBO's Entourage and just last week Zack Snyder, who is directing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as the Justice League movie, surprised a Detroit radio talk show, whose DJs were disparaging the hero, by calling in and defending him.)

Jason Momoa is widely acknowledged as having secured the role of Aquaman in Warners’ DC cinematic universe, although Warners had not yet officially confirmed the casting. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, August 12

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This movie opens this week in China, so I went to check it out. Somewhere in here there’s a really good movie, as opposed to a barely adequate one. As it is, this flick is way, way overstuffed. It could easily lose thirty minutes and a whole plot-thread and wind up being a stronger movie. But it has a certain shaggy charm, all the same. 

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I’ll add this: there are some really beautiful shots in this movie. And some wonderfully strange ones. 

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So, this was fun, like if Thor was made by the Fast and the Furious folks (which it kinda is--director James Wan did Furious 7). It tries to do way too much, and copies/alludes to so many other films and franchises--I've already mentioned Thor, but there are Indiana Jones and Harry Potter moments too. Still, it won me over, and there are some truly spectacular moments. Features Willem Dafoe riding a CGI shark while sporting a man-bun, and Nicole Kidman throws a trident through a TV.

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Easily the most fun I had at a superhero movie this year -- and I say this as one who enjoyed Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp, two films that have some interesting narrative elements in common with Aquaman.

The visuals alone: Wow! Especially in 3D.

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Yeah, I really dug this one, which I wrote about here: https://3brothersfilm.com/blog/2019/1/9/review-aquaman-2018

On 12/14/2018 at 7:40 PM, Joel Mayward said:

Features Willem Dafoe riding a CGI shark while sporting a man-bun, and Nicole Kidman throws a trident through a TV.

If we're going to have a movie about a super-powered underwater hero who can talk to whales and fights with a trident, why not be this silly and gleeful about it? I appreciated the film's earnest tone and complete lack of irony, which I've grown to loathe in the Marvel movies (especially the Guardians films).

On 12/24/2018 at 2:53 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp, two films that have some interesting narrative elements in common with Aquaman.

I haven't seen Ant-Man and the Wasp, but I definitely noticed the Black Panther parallels. Especially in how Orm's and Killmonger's motivations kind of mirror each other.

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Anders wrote:
: I haven't seen Ant-Man and the Wasp, but I definitely noticed the Black Panther parallels. Especially in how Orm's and Killmonger's motivations kind of mirror each other.

I was thinking less of motivations than I was of the ritual combat involved in the fantasy kingdoms' succession rites, but yeah.

As for Ant-Man and the Wasp, both films feature a significant -- and strikingly similar, in some ways -- subplot involving a protagonist's mother (and in both cases, she is played by a veteran of the Burton-Schumacher Batman films!).

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Zack Snyder Helped Aquaman Director Undo Joss Whedon's Justice League Changes
The information about Snyder's involvement in Aquaman comes from actor Neil Daly on the Fire and Water Podcast. Daly was responsible for running the test screenings of both Justice League and Aquaman. Daly revealed that Whedon was behind much of Justice League's "teenage boy sexual humor." This includes gags like Aquaman hitting on Wonder Woman while under the influence of the Lasso of Truth. Wan didn't want this approach in Aquaman. Daly explained:

We could have gotten a whole movie about Aquaman basically fawning over Mera the whole time and making all kinds of dirty jokes and things like that and they really had to get away from that, which is all what Whedon had done, so Snyder had a little bit of an influence on Aquaman. James Wan was showing Zack Snyder - against the studio's wishes - cuts of the movie and early test screenings and storyboards to make sure that they're on the same page with what he originally wanted and Snyder gave his blessing of approval, bringing it back to what he wanted all along.

In the final cut of Aquaman there's certainly a romance between Aquaman and Mera. Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry shows obvious interest in Amber Heard's Mera even when he doesn't want to accept her mission to become the King of Atlantis. Daly is right, though, that the tone of their interactions is quite different from Arthur's attitude in Justice League. Most of Arthur's interactions with Wonder Woman in the superhero team-up is objectifying her or otherwise commenting on her physical beauty. In Aquaman, Arthur isn't anywhere near as boisterous. Most importantly, he never objectifies Mera despite being obviously attracted to her.
ScreenRant, January 17

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Side note: Much has been made of the fact that a significant chunk of Aquaman's marketing budget was aimed at women -- who seem to like the film in numbers significantly larger than one normally sees for a comic-book movie.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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I had been totally unaware of Whedon's fall from his pedestal as beloved author of strong female characters....I've never seen a whole episode of Buffy or Angel, adn I found Dollhouse and Firefly left me indifferent. From the sound of this, I am glad he didn't get to do Wonder Woman...but I also don't want to assume second-hand info is always accurate.

 

 

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kenmorefield wrote:
: I had been totally unaware of Whedon's fall from his pedestal as beloved author of strong female characters....I've never seen a whole episode of Buffy or Angel, adn I found Dollhouse and Firefly left me indifferent. From the sound of this, I am glad he didn't get to do Wonder Woman...but I also don't want to assume second-hand info is always accurate.

My impression, as one who has also never watched an episode of Buffy or Angel, is that Whedon's fall has been happening for a few years now, ever since two things happened: (1) his script for a never-filmed version of Wonder Woman got leaked, and (2) his ex-wife went public with some gripes about his behaviour around actresses etc. In the case of (1), presumably there wouldn't have to be any second-hand info involved -- you could just look at the script itself (though I have not done this myself, I have only read other people's comments about it).

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