As it turns out, though, the filmmaker actually enjoyed Aquaman! The DC Comics adaptation actually beat his Avatar sequels to the punch by heading underwater thanks to VFX rather than practical effects. “I think it’s great fun,” he said before adding that he couldn’t have taken the helm of a movie like that because it simply wasn’t realistic enough for his liking.
“I never could have made that film, because it requires this kind of total dreamlike disconnection from any sense of physics or reality,” Cameron said. “People just kind of zoom around underwater, because they propel themselves mentally, I guess, I don’t know. But it’s cool! You buy it on its own terms.”
“I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater,” the director and prolific deep-sea diver continued. “While I can enjoy that film, I don’t resonate with it because it doesn’t look real.”
Aquaman‘s underwater scenes were shot on a soundstage with the water added during post-production. The Avatar sequels, on the other hand, have reportedly used motion capture technology and were actually shot underwater with brand new techniques.
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