After squashing rumours that he was leaving the franchise, James Wan describes the unique world we’ll get to see in Aquaman. Read more after the jump.
After the strongly mixed reviews to Batman v Superman, the DC extended universe’s string of bad press hit a critical mass. Seth Grahame-Taylor made a shock departure as director of The Flash, followed by rumours that James Wan would follow suit and ditch Aquaman. Fortunately Wan was quick to deny the departure rumours before Atlantis themed protests could take place. Since then we haven’t heard much from Wan, but now he’s back with some more positivity about the DCEU and Aquaman in particular.
The news from Screenrant.com is that Wan has made some exciting comments about what we can expect to see in the first big screen solo adventure of the hero of Atlantis. More importantly, he made sure to point out how it will differ from other superhero movies. The news came during a press tour for The Conjuring 2 when Wan answered some questions from Cinemablend:
“One thing I love about the Aquaman world is all the really different, really interesting characters. They are interesting characters, including the villains – I’m not going to tell you which villains I’m going to play with! [laughs] But they’re super cool. They’re very larger than life, but they’re unique.”
The impression we get is that the Aquaman movie will really lean into the “other world” side of things. With new characters and villains galore, it’s likely we’ll be seeing much more of Atlantis than we will of the surface world. Could the film entirely take place underwater?
It’s very rare that we get a superhero movie that takes place entirely in its own space. The double edged sword of a shared movie universe is that so many plots and characters have to be connected at any given time. However, when we have taken a break from the shared comings and goings, it’s been successful. Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect example, taking place in an entirely separate part of space with almost all new characters. Thor is a lesser example, since half of the movie still takes place on earth. But the screen time taken up by Asgard really showed what the extensive and exotic Marvel Universe had to offer. Could we see the same for the DC universe with Aquaman.
That wasn’t all Wan had to say about Aquaman. He also did some teasing on the uniqueness of the Aquaman world:
“There are so many superhero movies now; I don’t want to make a superhero movie now for the sake of doing it, but there’s something unique to the world of Aquaman. There’s a reason why they’ve never made a movie about this until now, because technology has never allowed us to tackle something this complicated. And so because of that it feels like something different, and that uniqueness is what I’m excited about.”
This is one of the few times we’ve heard a superhero director point out the exhaustive volume of comicbook movies. It speaks to a serious case of superhero fatigue that’s become a favourite phrase of the Internet of late. But it sounds like Aquaman is designed to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Wan certainly sounds like he’s excited about showing off his underwater world. Hopefully he can help in diversifying the DCEU, which is what will be required to keep it fresh and alive.
Aquaman is set for a release on July 27 2018. Watch this space for all the latest Aquaman movie news.