With production of director James Wan’s Aquaman under way in Queensland, Australia, we have our first look at a familiar location from the DC Universe.
Set photos from Village Roadshow Studios reveal three buildings in Amnesty Bay, the coastal American town where Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, was raised: the Amnesty Bay Fish Co-op, Terry’s Sunken Galleon restaurant and what may very well be the Curry lighthouse.
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Introduced in 2009 in DC Comics, the quaint town has featured prominently in Aquaman comics ever since, and is now the location of Spindrift Station, the Atlantean embassy to the surface world.
In addition to the Amnesty Bay set depicted in the photos, a new video reveals an underwater tank, with a blue-screen backdrop. Principal photography takes place at the same facilities used for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Thor: Ragnarok, with Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia used for additional scenes.
Wan, best known for Furious 7 and horror films like Insidious and The Conjuring, has characterized Aquaman as “a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story.” “It’s ultimately a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone,” he said.
Opening 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 and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.
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