Did You Sea It?
DC’s Atlantean King has finally swam into theatres and you won’t believe the small details that went unnoticed! For this list, we’re taking a look at 5 Easter eggs, cameos, and other details that likely eluded you in 2018’s live-action “Aquaman” starring Jason Momoa. Proceed with caution if you haven’t seen the movie yet and check out the full video with 5 MORE things you probably missed at WatchMojo.com!
#5: Oh Look, It’s Adam from “Saw”
Leigh Whannell not only played Adam Stanheight in the original “Saw,” but also co-wrote the screenplay with director James Wan. Whannell and Wan have since collaborated on several other projects, including the “Insidious” movies. Whannell makes a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in “Aquaman” as well, playing the pilot who gives Arthur and Mera a lift to the Sahara Desert. Whannell’s character is thrown for a loop when Mera jumps out of the cargo plane without a parachute and Arthur follows. Of course, these two Atlanteans both have superhuman strength to break the fall. Otherwise, it would’ve been game over.
#4: Enter Stephen Shin
Barely six months after appearing as Agent Jimmy Woo in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” actor Randall Park pops up as Dr. Stephen Shin in “Aquaman.” Created by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, this marine biologist is a friend of the Currys who teaches Arthur how to use his powers in the New 52 comics. When Arthur refuses to give up Atlantis’ location, though, Shin attempts to kill him. Shin’s role is radically condensed in this 2018 film, as he briefly appearing on a news program where he debates the existence of Aquaman. Shin does resurface upon rescuing Black Manta during a mid-credits scene, however, meaning we’ll likely see more of him in the future.
#3: Topo the Octopus
Given this movie’s edgier take on Aquaman, you’d think that the filmmakers would keep a more lighthearted character like Topo as far away as possible. Making his debut in a 1956 issue of “Adventure Comics,” this octopus was one of Aquaman’s most loyal animal companions. Over the years, the character evolved from a humanoid squid to a massive sea monster. The Topo in this film has more in common with his initial incarnation, however. Just as the original Topo could play multiple musical instruments at once, the octopus plays a set of drums during Arthur’s first gladiator match with Orm. His appearance may be short-lived, but it’s an awesome reference for die-hard DC fans nonetheless.
#2: Julie Andrews as Karathen
Weirdly enough, Julie Andrews turned down the opportunity to make a cameo in “Mary Poppins Returns,” but she does lend her voice to a character in “Aquaman,” which comes out the same week. Andrews voices a Kaiju-like sea creature known as Karathen, who wasn’t a prominent figure in any of the comics but plays a crucial part in Arthur’s journey to recover Atlanna’s Trident. Since she’s best known for playing loving, nurturing characters like Maria von Trapp, it’s hard to imagine Andrews as a monstrous Leviathan. Yet, she brings real gravitas to the role, coming off as elegant and intimidating. Even when given just a little screen time, Andrew is a larger-than-life presence.
The DCEU isn’t the first cinematic universe James Wan has worked on. He also directed “The Conjuring,” which went on to inspire spinoffs like “The Nun” and “Annabelle.” Speaking of which, the demonic doll from the Conjuring Universe is hidden in a scene from “Aquaman.” After agreeing to aid Mera, Arthur boards her vessel under the sea. If you look closely during this sequence, you’ll find Annabelle sitting at the bottom of the ocean. If that wasn’t enough to bridge these two franchises together, Patrick Wilson plays the Ocean Master and Ed Warren. If Lex Luthor and Deathstroke are putting a Legion of Doom together, they should really fish Annabelle out of the water.
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