Aquaman was a major visual undertaking for director James Wan, but that didn't mean he couldn't have a little fun with the material. During a half-hour chat with Collider, the Australian filmmaker revealed that, similar to a Bar Mitzvah DJ, he took requests not for music choices, but for Easter eggs.
"Let me tell you this," he said. "Two years ago, Edgar Wright tweeted me that, 'if you can get Stingray in there somewhere, I'm going to give you an Oscar.' He said that to me. So guess what I did in this film? I f***ing put Stingray in there. So I'm waiting for Edgar to see the film and remind him of his tweet... It's a fun sort of little inside joke with Edgar. That's more an Easter egg between he and I."
Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) addressed this with a tweet on Christmas Day, writing: "I have not seen @aquamanmovie yet, but as I understand @creepypuppet made good on this bet and now I owe him an Oscar. (cc: @TheAcademy: help me out pls)."
For those of you unfamiliar with the property, Stingray was a puppet-based children's television program in the U.K. that ran for a total of one season (39 episodes) between 1964 and 1965. Created by Thunderbirds' Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the show centered around the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, particularly the organization's most technologically-superior submarine, the Stingray. Among the voice cast was Lois Maxwell, the actress best-known for playing Eve Moneypenny in more than a dozen James Bond films.
Per ComicBook.com, you can spot Wan's nod to show during the opening minutes of the film when Arthur Curry's father, Thomas (Temuera Morrison), brings the injured Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) into his home during a fierce lightning storm. While the electrical disturbance is wreaking havoc on Thomas' television, viewers can spot Stingray playing on the screen before it craps out entirely.
During those same opening moments, readers of H.P. Lovecraft can also spot a copy of The Dunwich Horror, the book (really a short story) upon which the lighthouse snow globe sits on Thomas's coffee table. Wan, a big fan of Lovecraft, used the writer's cosmic/weird horror creations as a basis for the residents of the Trench kingdom as well as the Karathen (voiced by Julie Andrews). Aquaman is loosely connected to The Dunwich Horror as both revolve around a man born of unusual circumstances, who is considered to be an outcast by his contemporaries.
Aquaman is fast approaching the $500 million mark at the global box office.