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Willem Dafoe Talks ‘Aquaman’ & Filming Underwater Scenes

From the looks of the trailers, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman may be one of the most exciting parts of the DCEU’s upcoming Justice League. One of the more interesting things to see is the underwater scenes of director James Wan’s Aquaman and Justice League. 

Willem Dafoe, who’s set to play Nuidis Vulko in Justice LeagueAquaman, gave some pretty cool details about the underwater scenes and his character in DCEU’s next two installments. Screen Crush caught up with Dafoe while chatting about his role in Death Note; he had this to say about filming the under water scenes:

Most of my scenes are underwater. Some are not. So much of it, because we’re talking, and shooting underwater is a lot of ways impractical because you’re limited to what you can do with sets. It’s more about shooting them dry for wet, and then the effects do certain things to give the water feel. But we aren’t doing the scenes underwater, but we are in harnesses and on wires. There is movement. It’s not like were all sitting around pretending were underwater like this [stands up still], we’re swimming around, we’re moving. So that should be really beautiful.”


If Dafoe said it should be beautiful, then damn it it’ll be beautiful! It’ll be interesting to see how this all comes together. James Wan recently spoke on the difficulties of filming a movie that takes place primarily under water and using practical effects.

Dafoe went on to giving up some details on his character’s likeness to the comic-book counterpart

There’s been some adjustments. Not even adjustments – it’s like anything, you use the source material and something is born from that. But I don’t really look like he does in the comic, and his role is slightly different. He is an advisor, but he’s also sort of a mentor to Aquaman.

Aquaman splashes into theaters on December 21, 2018, but you can catch Dafoe & Momoa’s Atlantean debut in Justice League on November 18th!

Source: ScreenCrush

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