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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

"Tons of sf and fantasy news today, starting with the ones coming from DC who have revealed new photos of Amber Heard as the female lead in AQUAMAN movie in which she plays the royal wife of Jason Momoa's title character, Mera the Queen of Atlantis! She is the exiled queen of Xebel who made a union with the water ruling superhero. Dolph Lundgren plays the king of Xebel, with Patrick Wilson as AQUAMAN's evil brother Ocean Master Orm and Nicole Kidman as their mother Atlanna, the queen mother of Atlantis. The movie does not arrive until December 2018"



A hot Queen…! (smile)


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 May 2017 12:02 p.m. PST

TWO YEARS to get this made and out of post-production? It's insane the level of bloat modern Big Movies have achieved. For all the more (less!) the quality there is today compared to older films.

Nice costume, though. Amazing just to see something not black leather or rubber!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

I want to see this.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP19 May 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

"For all the more (less!) the quality there is today compared to older films."

Yeah, people keep saying things like this and it seems like films today are probably just as good or bad as they ever were. Probably better in fact.

I've tried watching a lot of old films and many of them are crap with generally a much lower level of acting than films today and the special effects are garbage, if they are even attempted.

Modern films can try to replace plot with special effects, which is a major flaw.

Older films may have had a good plot but were ruined by the acting.

I've tried to watch The Lion In Winter time and again and just can't watch it the acting is so terrible.

I want to like it so much.

Even Star Wars is showing its age when re-watched today. The fight between DV and Obi-Wan in the first film just wouldn't catch anyone's imagination today.

Two years to get a film made today, given what the audience demands in special effects, is not unreasonable. Maybe it would be for a movie without a ton of action sequences but if you have to pour in the CGI it is going to take a while.

Oberlindes Sol LIC19 May 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

Shouldn't that guy from Entourage be in it?

KPinder19 May 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

I saw some spec art that had Heard as a regendered Thor, and I gotta say, it kinda worked.

saltflats192919 May 2017 8:22 p.m. PST
Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse19 May 2017 8:26 p.m. PST

"had Heard as a regendered Thor"

Are you serious? Can't they come up with something original instead of hijacking existing male characters?


Mako1119 May 2017 10:40 p.m. PST

Yea, two years seems pretty fast to me, know what I do about film production, and special effects now.

There are a limited number of artists and houses that work on this type of stuff, and many, many movies are being made, or in the pipeline, so, it's surprising to me that the lead time isn't even longer, like 3 – 5 years.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 May 2017 10:41 p.m. PST

Where's Mera's crown??

When I was a kid, and Nick Cardy was drawing his stories, I loved Aquaman, but I've come to realize that at best he's only one of DC's second bananas. Weird to think of a bazillion dollars and years of production time being spent on him. You once could run an entire studio for years on what's budgeted for one film these days. That means lots of other films don't get made for the sake of the hogs at the trough.

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP21 May 2017 3:02 a.m. PST


Today, sexy outfits, mindless action, and overblown (though stunning) special effects are what it takes to make a movie. I am sick of broody superheroes who feel sorry for themselves taking out 22 million space alien zombie vampire robots. Not interesting. I don't want to watch a video game pretending to be a movie. I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy, and frankly it didn't live up to its hype. Ridiculous, over-the-top action, stunning special effects, and smart alec dialog from uninteresting and unsympathetic characters were not enough to rescue a predictable and uninteresting plot.

Compare that to movies from the 1940s and 1950s where acting, clever and thoughtful dialog, character development, and an interesting plot were required. Even the screwball comedies of the 40's and 50s had more interesting plot, character development, and dialog than a lot of what comes out of Hollywood these days. I'm not sure I would use Lion in Winter as a representative of "old movies." Try anything from Frank Capra, Sands of Iwo Jima, Casablanca, Destination Tokyo, They Might be Giants, or The Last Holiday. I have seen Casablanca 50 times, and I still catch some new nuance of the dialog or acting when I watch the film.

I don't need to see a lot of blood and guts. Slow motion death scenes and severed body parts aren't entertainment. I am quite comfortable with someone grabbing his shoulder and falling off the saloon roof into a big mattress just off camera. After a couple years in the Army, I know that's not how it works in the real world, but I want to get that over with and move on with the plot. Today mindless and ridiculous violence that completely ignores even a rudimentary appreciation for physics are the main features of movies. Plot, character, and dialog are often of secondary or tertiary importance. In the era of the black and white film, violence was the last resort of the hero, not the only tool in his toolbox. The violence punctuated the plot, it wasn't the whole plot.

Let the flaming begin.

Russ Lockwood23 May 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

Is that the crown on her belly, or are we looking at yet another Star Trek Federation uniform? :)

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member23 May 2017 10:10 p.m. PST

I appreciated your comments, surdu2005; you're not alone in feeling the way you do.

That odd patch or whatever on her belly, that's just strange. Maybe an Atlantean navel? (Not that Mera was from Atlantis, but who knows what's been rewritten since I last cared to look?)

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