Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.
Initial release: December 14, 2018 (United Kingdom)
Director: James Wan
Budget: 160 million USD
Producer: Peter Safran
Screenplay: Will Beall, Kurt Johnstad, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
DC unleashed a torrent of plans this week for the Justice League/Aquaman Drowned Earth crossover, teased in October’s issues of Justice League and Aquaman as “The Road to Drowned Earth” and kicking off in Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 on October 31st.
Why will the Earth be drowned? Does it have anything to do with what the League has done to the Moon? Apparently not, it seems. From the press release:
[James] Tynion’s back at it for all of November and this time he’s bringing help. Get ready for a soggy Thanksgiving at the Hall of Justice (as in underwater, like the rest of the world will be) when the award-winning writer is joined by the JUSTICE LEAGUE crew of writer Scott Snyder with artists Howard Porter, Francis Manapul and Frazer Irving, plus the AQUAMAN team of Dan Abnett and Lan Medina. Together they’ll pit the League against a race of ancient and long-forgotten sea gods and an army of alien mercenaries, reveal shocking secrets about Arthur’s legacy, and thwart a plot to flood the planet and turn people into aquatic monsters in JUSTICE LEAGUE/AQUAMAN: DROWNED EARTH.
Fans can get their feet wet starting with Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 by James Tynion IV and Howard Porter:
This 48-page one-shot introduces the Ocean Lords–ancient and powerful deities with an axe to grind against both Aquaman and Wonder Woman and a plan to flood the world. As the rest of the League races to stop the waters from rising, Arthur faces off against his nemesis Black Manta in a must-win battle if he is to retain his connection to the world’s oceans.
Before making a splash with Aquaman #42 by Dan Abnett and Lan “Funky Cold” Medina:
A tie-in story where Aquaman and Wonder Woman have discovered the secret to turning the tide against the Ocean Lords in the mysterious Graveyard of Gods. However, Arthur begins to think that the League may be fighting the wrong foe when he learns a startling secret about Atlantis. Arthur must join forces with Mera and confront the Ocean Lords with this newfound knowledge and learn the truth before the flood changes all life on Earth!
And readers will then dive headlong into a grand finale as it all comes to a head in a 48-page Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1 (this time, the names in the title are reversed):
In this blockbuster finale, Aquaman must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the rising tides drown and corrupt everything that he holds dear. With the Justice League on the ropes and the fate of the world at stake, Arthur may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to restore balance to the land and the seas!
While you might not know Graham McTavish’s name, I’m sure you’ve seen his work. Over the past thirty years, McTavish has appeared in so many fan-favorite TV shows and movies it would be impossible to list them all. Here’s a few of highlights: The Saint of Killers on Preacher, Dougal MacKenzie on Outlander, Dwalin in The Hobbit trilogy, voice work in shows and video games like Castlevania, DuckTales, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Uncharted, plus small but memorable roles in Lost, Creed, Colony, Rambo, and so much more (check out his full resume here).
With McTavish briefly stopping by Los Angeles a few days ago, I got to sit down with him for an extended interview in the Collider studio. During the wide-ranging conversation, McTavish talked about behind-the-scenes stories from Preacher, working with Joe Gilgun, being a huge fan of the source material, keeping his role in Aquaman a secret, filming Outlander in Scotland, his favorite brands of Scotch, fanboying at the sight of Sylvester Stallone before appearing in Rambo, nabbing props from the set of the Hobbit trilogy, appearing in arguably the best episode of Lost, and more.
Plus, we asked McTavish to play a round of “Ice Breakers“, which included questions like which TV show you would want to play a guest spot on, favorite sci-fi/fantasy movie, what you collect, if you own any movie/TV show props, and more.
Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.
- Whether he knew The Saint of Killers’ entire arc before signing on to Preacher.
- Being a huge fan of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher comic books before being cast in the TV series.
- Some things that would surprise fans about filming Preacher. (Plus, working with noted loose cannon Joe Gilgun.)
- Whether he has ever left set in the full Saint of Killers costume (and the time he got a coffee in-costume as Dwalin while filming The Hobbit).
- His role in Aquaman, and the level of secrecy that comes with being cast in movies, TV, and video games these days.
- Working with Aquaman director James Wan and sharing a set with a shirtless, bass guitar-playing Jason Momoa
- Being cast in Outlander without ever having heard of the books.
- His most memorable moments filming Outlander in Scotland.
- Discusses his favorite Scotch, and the differences between aged and blended whiskey.
- Acting across from Sylvester Stallone as both John Rambo and Rocky Balboa (plus, McTavish’s on-point Stallone impression).
- The most memorable moments working with Peter Jackson on the Hobbit trilogy.
- His background in repertory theater, which included heart attacks on stage, lights falling from the ceiling, and more insane stories.
- The fact that he has never watched “The Constant”, the one, single episode of Lost he appeared in (and arguably the best of the entire series).
- When he realized he can make an entire career out of doing voice work in video games like Uncharted.
Plus, McTavish plays a round of “Ice Breakers”, which includes questions like: What TV series would you like to guest-spot on? Is there anything you collect? Do you own any movie or TV props? What’s the background on your phone? What TV show have you watched all the way through more than once?
Last year, Preacher star Graham McTavish announced that he had been cast in Aquaman in a secret role. A year later, we still don’t know who he’s playing, but he caught up with Collider recently to talk about his involvement in the movie.
McTavish touched on that secret role once again (without giving it away). He was surprised by the level of secrecy in Hollywood these days with projects like Aquaman. McTavish went on to praise the movie based on what he’s seen from the trailer and talking to people about it. He also spoke about the unique way they went about shooting a movie that’s supposed to take place under water. McTavish wrapped up the Aquaman portion of the interview by praising director James Wan for his attention to detail.
The Aquaman talk starts around the 7:33 mark and goes on for a few minutes. Check it out in the video above.
This year’s slate of Hall H panels at San Diego Comic-con have been relatively quiet, at least compared to prior years. We’ve seen new looks at what’s to come from The Predator, Glass, Star Trek: Discovery, and The Walking Dead, but the biggest panel by far this year was the Warner Bros. panel, which just showed off the first look at James Wan’s Aquaman.
While Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, human name Arthur Curry, was a highlight of 2016’s Justice League, this is the first time we’ve gotten to see him in action on his own. Highlights in the new trailer include a look at the Marine Marvel’s straw-haired aquatic family, including Nicole Kidman as his mother Queen Atlanna and Patrick Wilson as his warmongering half-brother Orm (AKA Ocean Master), as well as an epic origin-story scene in which a young Arthur Curry (Kaan Guldur) marshals the righteous anger of an aquarium full of sharks. Another highlight is Amber Heard’s Mera, who manages to neg Aquaman — “You do your best thinking when you’re not thinking at all” — and jump out of a plane with no parachute (“Redheads! You gotta love ‘em!”) in the trailer’s two-minute span.