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.
Now that James Wan has finished up melting critics’ brain stems with the unstoppable success of Fast and Furious 7, he’ll be back to treading some old familiar ground with his return to also incredibly successful Conjuring franchise with Conjuring 2: Enfield Poltergeist. But that’s not the only thing we know is on Wan’s horizon. There were rumours, you might say insinuations, that Wan would taking hold of the trident for DC’s Aquaman and adding his own stamp to the ever expanding (hasn’t quite expanded yet) DC universe. Ridiculous right? Wrong, read the headline idiot! Empire is reporting that Wan has officially made a deal to direct the project and bring DC’s dampest hero to life.
We already know that Aquaman will be played by Jason Mamoa and will make his first appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. With the casting of Mamoa there was definitely a good chance that Aquaman would be very different to the orange-suited fish-dude everyone loves to make fun of. For one with the actor’s background we could definitely expect a more action packed depiction of the Lord of Atlantic and his regal straddling of the land lubbers and the sea folk. Now with Wan in board, it looks like they could be right. That’s not to say that Wan is a two dimensional director, but he’s got strengths that could definitely make Aquaman into something special.
Aquaman won’t be hitting cinemas until 2018, but the Atlantean will be making appearances in the Justice League movies as well. So if we’re not careful the DC universe will be… Wait for it… Saturated with Aquaman………..Thank you.