Aquaman’s standalone movie is almost here, and not only is it set to be different to any DCEU movie that has come before it, it’s also set to be unlike any superhero story yet. With its underwater world and aquatic creatures, it’s going to be more like a fantasy adventure than a classic comic book origin story.
Directed by horror maestro James Wan and starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, Aquaman is one of the biggest blockbuster hopefuls for Christmas 2018, and you can get the full story on it in the latest issue of our sister publication Total Film magazine, which features exclusive interviews with Wan, Momoa, Heard, and co-stars Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Willem Dafoe.
On shelves from October 19, the new issue also features some of the biggest films left to arrive in 2018, including Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Steve McQueen’s Widows, and Robin Hood, plus Suspiria, White Boy Rick, and a preview of all the upcoming festive films. There are also interviews with Joaquin Phoenix, Gus Van Sant, Javier Bardem, and the new Sabrina, Kiernan Shipka.
Keep reading for a breakdown of what to expect in the new issue…
In the cover story, TF heads into the edit bay with James Wan and meets Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and more to find out how Aquaman is changing the face of the DCEU, and why it’s the true definition of a standalone movie. “It’s been six years since Zack [Snyder] called me into his office,” says Momoa. “Now I’m finally here, and it’s all mine and it’s phenomenal.”
Fantastic Beasts 2
Meet the cast of the upcoming Wizarding World sequel, as Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and more talk about wand injuries, creatures, young Dumbledore, Nagini, Hogwarts, and going darker. “It’s that element that I like about [J.K. Rowling’s] world in particular,” says Law, “that everyone has darkness, as we all do. I think it’s why it’s so relatable.”
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen has taken a pulpy 1980s TV drama and turned it into one of the most electrifying thrillers of the year. Total Film joins him and his stellar cast on the Chicago set.
Read more: The 25 best thriller movies to send a shiver down your spine
2001: A Space Odyssey revisited
Christopher Nolan tells Total Film why he’s bringing his favourite film, 2001: A Space Odyssey to a new generation, and Keir Dullea, Jan Harlan and Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Katharina journey back to the making of the 1968 classic.
Joaquin Phoenix interview
From Gladiator to The Master, Joaquin Phoenix’s trademark intense turns have seen him hailed as his generation’s greatest actor. As he returns for biopic Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, and preps to play the Joker, Total Film discovers a man who’s still able to set fire to the screen.
Is a cool cast led by Taron Egerton enough to justify yet another take on Sherwood’s mythical outlaw? Total Film investigates by chatting to the cast and director. Plus, in the news section there’s also a rundown of every Christmas movie coming your way this year, a new look at Godzilla 2, Alita: Battle Angel, The Old Man and the Gun, Wreck-It Ralph 2, Stan and Ollie, and much more.
Read more: The 25 best Christmas movies to watch this festive season
The 150 greatest performances
This issue of Total Film comes with a special 68-page supplement counting down the greatest big-screen performances. Celebrating the top thesps, the most exceptional emoters, and the the kings and queens of the screen, it’s a glossy guide to the best acting ever. (Note: supplement not available with digital and compact editions.)
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