Aquaman’s costume of green and orange scales presented a sizeable design challenge for Aquaman director James Wan. As the filmmaker recently told CinemaBlend:
“It’s not the easiest suit to make look cool. [Laughs] If you are doing a Batman movie, that’s an easy one to make look cool! But an Aquaman suit? It was a bit of a challenge. But at the end of the day, what ultimately made it work was that the suit itself is so inherently part of the story. And the fact that it actually has an origin. The suit itself, it belonged to the first king of Atlantis. By doing stuff like that, by working it into the story and plot of the film, it just gives it a bit more weight, and it’s not just a cool suit, or whatever, for the sake of making him look like the comic book character. Though, I really wanted him to wear his classic suit, but it took a lot of design work to get it there, to get it looking right.”
The new Aquaman costume is a highlight of James Wan’s Aquaman film as the version in Justice League was low key with less of a resemblance to the original comic book Aquaman costume. The challenge with the new Aquaman costume seems to have been in clothing the giant Jason Momoa in what is essentially a leotard armoured with scales. That must have surely been a visual and physiacl nightmare to create.
Wearing the Aquaman suit was equally unpleasant experience according to Momoa. “It looks like it’s easy to pee in that,” Momoa said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “But really it’s not. And if you have the poopsies, it is very challenging. You’ve gotta be really good at holding it. So, some of those little fun facts you might want to know. That’s definitely one of the challenges,” he said.