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Aquaman: King of Atlantis (DC Comics/HBO Max)

HBO Max working on new animated AQUAMAN: KING OF ATLANTIS mini-series

Aquaman is taking a break from our screens until 2022 but that doesn’t mean that he will be taking a holiday. It has been announced that director James Wan is going to be executive producing a new, three-part, animated series for Warner Bros. streaming service HBO Max.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis will focus on the Arthur Curry as he takes up the throne and will take environmental issues. A brief logging for the series reads:

“The series begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and he’s got a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident!”

Speaking of the project Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said “This DC property is a fan-favorite, rich with well-known characters and dynamic storylines. On the heels of Warner Bros. Pictures’ box office smash hit, we are certain Aquaman: King of Atlantis will be an exciting addition to our already robust slate of kids and family programming.”

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AQUAMAN #50 (2019) review

You can pickup your copy of Aquaman #50 now where all good comics are sold.

Synopsis

As Aquaman settles the Old Gods of Unspoken Water into their new lives in Amnesty Bay, Jackson Hyde, a.k.a. Aqua-lad, seeks out Aquaman to be his new mentor! Back in Atlantis, Mera makes a move that shocks the Widowhood. 

 Meanwhile, Black Manta, recently kicked out of the Legion of Doom, prepares to make his next move against his greatest nemesis…but Lex Luthor is about to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Don’t miss our landmark 50th issue and the start of a brand-new story!

Review

It’s only following the release of the Aquaman movie that I’ve begun diving (bad pun!) in to the world of Arthur Curry’s comic series. I started by going back and reading the classic tales before subscribing to this new run written by Kelly Sue DeConnick.

The tale of Arthur suffering from amnesia and trapped on island surrounded by sea gods proved to be too interesting not to pick up. Now Arthur is returning to society and I think that things are about to get interesting.

DeConnick keeps the fairytale atmosphere of the series by framing Arthur’s story with that of Captain Maurer. A sea captain whose ship got caught on the rocks near Amnesty Bay. After being the only survivor the captain built the local lighthouse where he remained until he disappeared.

Of course there’s more to this story than meets the eye and it ties in nicely to the sea gods who just happen to be travelling with Arthur. But to read this beautiful sea tale as a framework around Arthur’s return keeps the book very much grounded in the mythos of the island where Arthur has been living this past few issues.

His return begins to stitch together several plot threads which have been left hanging for a while now. Arthur needs to confront Mera’s pregnancy as much as she needs to deal with his current unwillingness to return to Atlantis to take up the throne.

Mera has been very absent from the series whilst Arthur lacked his memories so now it will be interesting to see how the two interact considering they have a child on the way.

Events in Atlantis provide a more political side to Aquaman as Mera contends with a populous unhappy with her rule and looking for their king to return. There’s plenty of story to mine purely from the current circumstances in Atlantis but that would have to be an entirely different series.

DeConnick cleverly brings in Wonder Woman to help Arthur reacclimatise to life. He’s been away for some time and it makes sense for a member of the Justice League to welcome him back. If it were me I’d want Wonder Woman given she’s the most empathetic of the group.

It was interesting to see DeConnick lean in to a very real-life arrival for Arthur as the worlds media gather to find out why he has returned. Their questioning of Wonder Woman feels very much like something we would see on TV news in these days and it set the scene really well.

In terms of scale this books is particularly small but it’s so well executed it never becomes an issue. Arthur wasn’t returning to defeat some great foe – though one lies at the end of the book – he was returning as he was ready and so DeConnick downplays it perfectly.

Robson Rocha, Eduardo Pansica alongside inkers Daniel Henriques & Julio Ferreira do a brilliant job of bringing Amnesty Bay to life, alongside representing the tale of Captain Maruer and brief glimpses of Atlantis.

There’s an excellent colour palette which defines all the different locales with their own colour schemes but in terms of characters its Wonder Woman who stands out most against the seaside background.

The end cameo by a certain famous Aquaman villain certainly teases some exciting events to come!

Verdict

Aquaman’s return to society benefits heavily from a guest appearance by Wonder Woman to help decode the various dangling plot threads. An emotional story and complex set of character keep this new aquatic tale a particularly interesting read.

7/10

Aquaman #50 is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with pencils by Robson Rocha & Eduardo Pansica, inks by Daniel Henriques & Julio Ferreira and colours by Sunny Gho. This month’s cover is by Robson Rocha, Jason Paz & Alex Sinclair.

Aquaman #50 cover art by Robson Rocha, Jason Paz & Alex Sinclair.

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AQUAMAN has become the highest grossing solo superhero movie internationally

Though it doesn’t have much time left at the box office, Aquaman is still taking no prisons.

Over the weekend the Warner Bros. release surpassed Iron Man 3 ($805.7M) to become the highest grossing solo superhero movie at the international box office. The James Wan directed epic has now reached $806M.

According to Forbes the movie has a way to go to reach the $896M of Avengers in 2012, Avengers: Age of Ultron ($945m in 2015) and Avengers: Infinity War ($1.3b in 2018).

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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AQUAMAN surpasses BATMAN v SUPERMAN in North America

These days there’s very little news on Warner Bros. Aquaman. The movie is quietly heading towards its home video release in March but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still box office hurdles to conquer.

Over the weekend the movie grossed a further $1.8M in North America. That may seem like a small figure but it was enough to help the King of Atlantis cross $331M.

Now sitting at $331.3M Aquaman has surpassed the lifetime gross of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That film ended its box office run with $330.3M back in 2016.

With a couple of weeks left to go before it closes Aquaman is likely to close its North American run with around $335M. Worldwide the movie has now grossed $1.13bn.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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AQUAMAN co-writer returns for sequel

Deadline is reporting that development is on going for an Aquaman sequel. Following the over one billion dollar haul of the first movie it was clear Warner Bros. would be looking to start work on a sequel.

It’s now been reported that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has been tapped to pen the sequel. Johnson-McGoldrick is credited as a co-writer on the first movie. It’s unclear at this stage if Will Beal will also return to co-write the movie.

The trade is also reporting that the sequel based on The Trench will also feature Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in some capacity. It is reported that the focus will be placed on a “beast who is new in DC Comics mythology” attacking our aquatic heroes.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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AQUAMAN home video release detailed

Warner Bros. has finally detailed the home video release for 2018’s Aquaman. The release arrives in North America on digital on March 5 and disc from March 26. Here in the UK the digital version arrives on April 6 with the physical release on April 8.

To celebrate the release the studio has also released a short teaser trailer.

“An engaging undersea extravaganza”

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

JOURNEY INTO UNCHARTED WATERS WHEN

Aquaman

ARRIVES ONTO 4K UHD COMBO PACK,

BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK,

DVD SPECIAL EDITION AND DIGITAL FROM


WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DC

Own it Early on Digital on March 5

4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD debut on March 26

4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital feature a sneak peek of the upcoming DC Super Hero film SHAZAM

Toronto, ON, February 8 – The ocean comes alive when “Aquaman” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (“Justice League,” TV’s “Frontier,” TV’s “Game of Thrones”) in the title role.

Aquaman” also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”), Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”), Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”), Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (TV’s “The Get Down”), Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”), Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”).

Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (“The Conjuring 2”) and Will Beall (“Gangster Squad,” TV’s “Training Day”). The story is by Geoff Johns, Wan and Will Beall, based on characters from DC’s Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.“Aquaman” is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Wan’s behind the scenes team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), five-time editor Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films) and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Safran Company Production, a James Wan Film, “Aquaman.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

All versions of “Aquaman” will include a three-minute sneak preview of “Shazam,” the upcoming live-action feature film starring Zachary Levi as the DC Super Hero. The film will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Aquaman” will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Aquaman” will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Aquaman” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own “Aquaman” via purchase from digital retailers beginning March 5.

SYNOPSIS
An action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman” reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Aquaman” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

Going Deep Into the World of Aquaman
Becoming Aquaman
James Wan: World Builder
Aqua Tech
Atlantis Warfare
The Dark Depths of Black Manta
Heroines of Atlantis
Villainous Training
Kingdoms of the Seven Seas
Creating Undersea Creatures
A Match Made in Atlantis
Scene Study Breakdowns
Exclusive Sneak Peek of Shazam!

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS 

On March 5, “Aquaman” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On March 26, “Aquaman” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Here’s a look at the various versions of the cover art for the release.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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AQUAMAN breaks $1.1bn at worldwide box office

Though it has yet to release in Japan, Aquaman is heading towards the end of its run in many international territories. The movie is grabbing less and less headlines as it rockets towards its home video release. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still making money.

Over the weekend the film grossed around $9M worldwide. Though a small amount it finally tipped the movie over the $1.1bn mark.

Already crowned the highest grossing DC Comics movie, Aquaman has now made an estimated $1.107bn at the worldwide box office. With Japan opening in March it could still push that total a little higher before leaving cinemas for good.

Have you seen Aquaman? Check out our review here.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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AQUAMAN becomes highest grossing DC Comics film

Warner Bros. and DC Films Aquaman has officially become the highest grossing DC Comics adaption of all time this weekend.

Thanks to another $7M+ weekend in North America the movie has now grossed a huge $1.09bn worldwide. That surpasses Chris Noaln’s The Dark Knight Rises which grossed $1.08bn in 2012.

Congratulations to James Wan and all the cast and crew involved in making the movie!

Have you seen Aquaman? Check out our review here.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.


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