The next phase of the DC Extended Universe begins with the release this week of Wonder Woman, followed in November by Justice League. With Wonder Woman set primarily in the past, it’s raised the question of where other DC films, like director James Wan’s Aquaman will, fit into the cinematic timeline.
Now, thanks to executive producer Charles Roven, we know that Arthur Curry’s solo adventure takes place following the events of Justice League.
“Aquaman will make reference [to Justice League],” he told CinemaBlend. “There will be some reference of something that preceded Aquaman that will be in Aquaman. I believe that is the intention.”
So not only will Aquaman take place after Justice League, but some story elements of the ensemble film will bleed over into the hero’s solo outing. One of the story points in Justice League is that Aquaman’s home of Atlantis is in possession of a Mother Box, a living computer from Apokilips. That would make an easy transition to set up possible Easter eggs or teasers to come to fruition in Aquaman.
Roven added, “James [Wan] definitely knows where he’s going with [Aquaman], and that movie takes place in a world where Justice League happened, and Man of Steel happened, and Wonder Woman obviously takes place before Man of Steel — except for the bookends we have. So that’s where we have the most ability to freeform. We could do a movie that takes place after Justice League, we can do a movie that takes place after Batman v Superman… well, not really. You can’t do a movie in between Batman v Superman and Justice League, but we can do movies that take place after Justice League and we can do movies that precede Justice League.”
Arriving Dec. 21, 2018, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.