Director James Wan has a simple yet effective approach to underwater dialogue in his upcoming Aquaman movie.
When the DC Extended Universe's version of Atlantis made its big screen debut back in Justice League, Amber Heard's Mera had to create an air pocket in order speak with Jason Momoa's Aquaman while they were underwater. As it turns out, air pockets won't be needed in James Wan's movie.
While talking to Entertainment Weekly, Wan said, "People are overthinking it." The director added that Aquaman's characters are "just gonna talk!" EW had the opportunity to watch some of the upcoming DCEU movie and see first-hand how underwater dialogue is handled. The site reports that "characters underwater speak normally" and says that "a tad bit of visual effects" are used to suggest sound waves during underwater conversations. According to EW, the approach to talking underwater is "brilliantly simple and naturalistic-looking solution."
In a world where the Flash can race through time and there's an invisible island of Amazons, Atlanteans simply talking underwater shouldn't be jarring or complicated. Only time will tell how the rest of Aquaman's solo movie will play out, though.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, and Nicole Kidman. It is scheduled to be released on December 21.