With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally out, the real work on the rest of the DCCU can now begin, whether it be in promoting and finishing next year’s Wonder Woman standalone film, or casting someone other than Ezra Miller in The Flash. After making a brief introduction in Batman v Superman as well, one of the most prominent new players in the universe is Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, who will be getting his own solo film in 2018.
During his recent appearance at WonderCon as well, the film’s director, James Wan, spoke on his approach to the character and the film’s tone as well, promising that the film will continue to have fun with the character, while also showcasing a much cooler and more badass incarnation on the big screen for the first time (via IGN):
“I think Aquaman is a character that is, you know, a lot of people have made fun of over the years, and I just think it’s fun to actually show a really different, cool, badass side to this character, but at the same time, let’s not forget to have fun with it.”
Wan also revealed what interests him about the story and world of the Aquaman comics (via /Film):
“I think, like most people, we are familiar with Aquaman. We grew up reading or watching this character on the peripheral. I was never so in depth with Aquaman as, let’s say, I was with X-Men. I grew up loving X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman. Those are obviously the key big ones, but there’s always something kind of cool about Aquaman still, the idea of creating a huge world that is on our planet. That’s the thing about Aquaman that’s cool is he’s not an alien, right? He’s from our planet and he’s from a society that we’re not privy to in the context of the story. Isn’t it crazy to think that we’ve explored space more than we have explored the depths of our ocean? That just fires up my imagination about potential sea monsters and cool creatures, that kind of stuff.”
What’s nice to see here, is that Wan very clearly likes the challenge of doing an Aquaman movie, in a way that not only keeps the character fun, but also eradicates any possibility of further teasing and mocking of the character from the public or even comic book fans.
In regards to how much control he has over the film’s ultimate story though, Wan revealed the following (via CBM):
“Well, I think the story that I would like to tell is still at the end of the day my story. And that’s what’s cool with Zack, is that he’s actually very respectful of that. He’s actually helping me out in some ways with certain things that he’s doing with his [films] so that I can have better groundwork with the standalone Aquaman story.”
I’d say that even more than Momoa’s casting, Wan’s involvement gives me the most faith in this project. After years of working in the horror world and then with last year’s Furious 7, I think he’s a filmmaker who specializes in creating entertaining, high-quality blockbuster films in a stylish way that few other directors of his caliber can accomplish.
So yeah, I’m already excited about the visual possibilities that Wan has at his disposal here, but how well the film’s story is able to hold up, will ultimately decide whether it’s a successful film or not, and after the disappointing Batman v Superman, I’m hoping that DC is done with the rushed set up and plot development, once and for all.
Aquaman will hit theatres on July 27th, 2018.
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