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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 17 Jan 2019, 22:41

MUST-LISTEN PODCAST find out insider's informations about comic writer Geoff Johns, Zack Snyder, and Warner's involvements, test-screenings, first 3-hour cut assembly and much more! 8) (description below)
http://www.fwpodcasts.com/rk/Fire-223.mp3
http://fireandwaterpodcast.com/podcast/fire-water-223/

Main reveals of the podcast detailed on this page:
Behind the Scenes Info on AQUAMAN and JUSTICE LEGUE via Insider
https://batman-on-film.com/6018/behind- ... a-insider/
Recently on The Fire And Water Podcast, they welcomed a man with A LOT of insider knowledge on the DCEU (Jett’s favorite term). Neil Daly, an independent freelance market research analyst plays a crucial role in the outcome of these films. He runs a lot of the early screenings for these films, and thoroughly relays the feedback to the studios. Daly came aboard during the early part of the Justice League screenings, all of Aquaman, and has recently been involved in Shazam!.

Below are some of the most interesting tidbits he shared, concerning Justice League, Aquaman, and Geoff Johns.
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 18 Jan 2019, 12:52

RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS discusses Aquaman and Much More with Jon Brown on The Composer Series
https://www.mixcloud.com/TheComposerSer ... er-series/
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Rupert Gregson-Williams takes time out to chat with Jon Brown about his career highlights as film and television music composer. From 'The Prince Of Egypt' to his most recent accomplishment, the epic, fun and heart felt music for James Wan's DC Comic based cinematic blockbuster 'Aquaman'; Rupert shares details and anecdotes about his process as a creator of mighty fine scores.




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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby dude hallenbeck on 19 Jan 2019, 09:07

I don't buy a lot of that podcast. They really did secret screenings for a credited Executive Producer?

EDIT: My friend in WB says it's sort of accurate, sort of not. Zack's screenings weren't secret for example. But Johns definitely was responsible for the cheesy stuff in the film.
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 20 Jan 2019, 22:21

$304,336,848 domestic gross
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dcfilm0617.htm

'Aquaman' Hits Huge $300 Million Milestone At Domestic Box Office
https://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes ... ox-office/
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby TEMIRLAN on 21 Jan 2019, 08:42

Wow! Knowing that Dolph is the part of this.... it's amazing!
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby GeneralMcFaiL on 22 Jan 2019, 06:38

I thought this would do well... but wow.

Who among us would have ever thought after all these years Dolph could say he was a part of movie that made a billion dollars??

I mean I guess when everything is added up over the years the Rocky franchise has probably grossed a billion...

but Aquaman did it in one release!
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AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby savagesketch on 22 Jan 2019, 07:18

Latest episode is here, this time discussing AQUAMAN! Moltisanti joins me once again, as we take a deep dive into discussing and reviewing the latest and most successful, of the DCEU heroes! Enjoy!

https://imustbreakthispodcast.wordpress ... 2-aquaman/
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 22 Jan 2019, 16:50

GeneralMcFaiL wrote:I thought this would do well... but wow.

Who among us would have ever thought after all these years Dolph could say he was a part of movie that made a billion dollars??

I mean I guess when everything is added up over the years the Rocky franchise has probably grossed a billion...

but Aquaman did it in one release!

I didn't even think one movie could make $1 billion!
This was unseen until recent years, back in the day the top #1 movies worldwide made an average $400-500 million...

When you think about it though, ROCKY IV had grossed $300 million in 1985-86, which with inflation adjustment makes about $700 million today...!
http://www.in2013dollars.com/us/inflati ... amount=300

I'll also say that the European way of counting admissions (the number of tickets sold) is more tangible to consider and particularly to make comparisons over the decades in my opinion (not mentioning less focused on the $$$ aspect).
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby bomaz on 22 Jan 2019, 17:05

Yes, 2018 is the highest grossing year at te american box office, but it's far from a strong year when you count ticket sales (it's the 20t best selling with 1,300 billions tickets sold, 2002 being the 1st with 1,575B).
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 22 Jan 2019, 23:20

Exactly!



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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 24 Jan 2019, 13:01

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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 26 Jan 2019, 01:09

And now begins what will probably be long string of news, rumours and question marks regarding AQUAMAN 2...

‘Aquaman’ Sequel: James Wan Seeking Seaworthy Script As First Film Makes DC History
https://deadline.com/2019/01/aquaman-se ... 202540137/
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EXCLUSIVE: The international success of James Wan’s Aquaman is changing the landscape of the DC Universe. This weekend the iridescent deep-sea kingdom of Atlantis will replace grim old Gotham City at the unofficial capital of the Warner’s superhero business. That symbolic relocation will happen when Wan’s Aquaman eclipses Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as the all-time top-grossing film featuring a DC Comics superhero.

As of last weekend, the global box office for Wan’s amphibious epic was closing in on $1.07 billion — and a mere $17 million shy of matching the mark set by Dark Knight Rises, the 2012 finale installment of Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

When Wan’s salt-water saga does move into the top spot it will represent a sea change for Warner Bros. and its DC Comics adaptations. Consider this: Before 2012, the top-grossing DC adaptation was The Dark Knight, Nolan’s 2008 visit to Gotham City. Before 2008, the title belonged to Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), the landmark blockbuster that celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer.

So when Aquaman claims the top spot it will be the first time in three decades that Gotham City will settle for second in a ranking of Warner’s heroic hometowns.

Needless to say, Warner Bros. is eager to set sail with Aquaman 2. Warner Bros. has been courting the filmmaker and will likely need a whale-sized deal to lock him in. Wan is the only filmmaker who has delivered a billion-dollar moneymaker for two different studios (his Furious 7 revved up $1.5 billion for Universal in 2016) but don’t expect him to ship out from the Aquaman franchise. The filmmaker is deeply invested in the world creation aspect of Aquaman and sees the deep, blue sea as a fantasy setting that can be cinematically comparable to Middle-earth, the Jedi galaxy or the wizarding world of the Harry Potter films. There’s a lot of ocean floor and undersea kingdoms left for Wan explore.

Wan’s spokesman says the filmmaker is taking a much-needed break right now and studio sources say that a deal won’t happen until Wan sees a seaworthy script. The project is in development mode until that happens. Another wrinkle is Wan’s first-look deal with New Line. But it would be a shocker if Warner Bros. doesn’t get Wan back on board the same way they locked in director Patty Jenkins for the Wonder Woman sequel. After watching Disney-owned rival Marvel Studios fill the sky with superheroes there’s just too much pressure on Warner Bros. to catch up for the studio to allow a proven success to get off the hook.

There may be plenty of fish in the sea but Wan is a rare savant when it comes to delivering high-return international hits. Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, he is a citizen of the world in his filmmaking sensibilities and Aquaman has proven to be a powerhouse export. Only 28% of the film’s box office haul has been in the domestic marketplace. No other DC Comics movie has traveled as well or as far in foreign markets.
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Wan spent years working on Aquaman including 172 days on principal photography with stops in Queensland, Morocco, Italy and Canada. It’s hard to imagine him walking away now. Last month I asked him about the sequel and he demurred. “I’m superstitious about that,” he said.

Wan clearly set the stage for the sequel in the first film by introducing Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the Black Manta in a prominent, compelling and open-ended sequence which did plenty to whet fans appetite for his rematch with Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman.

After Wan’s Furious 7 success, Warner Bros. was so eager to work with the filmmaker on a superhero film that they offered him his pick of properties. The director considered The Flash project but in the end chose Aquaman for its (literally) immersive fantasy potential and also because he liked the challenge presented by the much-maligned hero’s pop-culture standing. For years Aquaman has been an orange-shirted punchline (thanks to Entourage, SpongeBob SquarePants, Robot Chicken, etc.). No one is laughing anymore. And this weekend when the King of Atlantis surpasses the Dark Knight of Gotham City, orange will officially be the new black for Warner Bros.
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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 27 Jan 2019, 21:50

Now the biggest DC success worldwide and the 25th-biggest grosser of all time.

Box Office: 'Aquaman' Tops 'Dark Knight Rises' To Become DC Comics' Biggest Movie
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmende ... rk-knight/

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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 28 Jan 2019, 21:05

CHOSEN ONE OF THE DAY: DOLPH LUNDGREN'S BATTLE STEED SEAHORSE IN AQUAMAN
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/chosen-on ... in-aquaman
"Dolph Lundgren riding a Lisa-Frank-on-steroids sea horse into battle in #Aquaman is the answer to toxic masculinity the undersea kingdom needed. "
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It’s been about a month since James Wan’s Aquaman came out. Within that month, a lot of things have happened: The holidays. Oscar noms. The government shutdown. New Bryan Singer allegations coming out and the producers of Red Sonja deciding they don't care. Hamberders.

2018 feels like it was decades ago. But I still can’t stop thinking about Dolph Lundgren riding a seahorse into battle.

We’re talking ‘80s action icon Dolph Lundgren—muscled manly man Dolph Lundgren — IVAN DRAGO HIMSELF — perched atop an iridescent, Lisa Frank-on-steroids sea creature. The colors: Neon. The hair: blowing gently in the ocean current. The sea horse: The #MaleAlly of the underwater kingdom. Male seahorses give birth! The female of the species deposits her eggs into the male’s pouch for fertilization, then bounces so the male can carry the kids while Ms. Seahorse Momma drinks mimosas with Amber Heard’s jellyfish dress.

That’s equality.

Dolph Lundgren riding a neon seahorse into battle is the riposte to toxic masculinity the underwater sea kingdom has long deserved.

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Re: AQUAMAN (James Wan, 2018)

Postby Jox on 30 Jan 2019, 00:37

How Aquaman‘s Colorist Battled Mera’s Red Hair—and Won
(discussing film coloring, not hair styling)
https://www.mpaa.org/2019/01/how-aquama ... r-and-won/
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Before the VFX artists and colorists like Mark Griffith do their work.

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After the VFX artists and colorists like Mark Griffith do their work.



How a $10,000 1984 fan film became the world's first Aquaman movie
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/how-a-100 ... aman-movie

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EDIT:
https://www.methodstudios.com/en/features/aquaman/
Method Studios rose to the challenge, creating two of the movie’s key sequences – the pursuit of Arthur and Mera (Amber Heard) through a Sicilian seaside village and an underwater journey into the Well of Souls.

Filmed dry-for-wet, Momoa was captured on set in rigs that simulated underwater movements but ultimately felt restrictive; Method artists replaced the majority of his performance and added the CG environment, Karathen and Arthur’s free-flowing locks, which feature an undone aesthetic that served as the guideline for how his hair should look throughout the film. Method artists also crafted a psychedelic 700-frame shot dubbed by Wan as ‘The Quickening,’ for which they were given loose direction to create a journey through Arthur’s mind’s eye.

Production VFX Supervisor:
Kelvin McIlwain

Method VFX Supervisors:
David Nelson (Mel), Josh Simmonds (Mel), Craig Wentworth (Van)



AQUAMAN: JOSH SIMMONDS & CRAIG WENTWORTH – VFX SUPERVISORS – METHOD STUDIOS
https://www.artofvfx.com/aquaman-josh-s ... d-studios/

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