James Wan Explains Why It’s Taken This Long For an ‘Aquaman’ Movie

By June 6, 2016

James Wan has emerged as one of the best and most technically-skilled filmmakers working in the industry today over the past few years, which makes him such an exciting choice to direct DC’s standalone Aquaman movie. A project that will have to give the long-mocked comic book character a chance to have his story told on the big screen without even the remote possibility of being made fun of. That alone will be a hurdle by itself.

While recently speaking with CinemaBlend as well, Wan expressed his complete excitement for the film, which already stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, commenting specifically on the lore’s wide array of interesting characters:

“I gotta say, 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.”

He went on to tease the film’s technical achievements as well, explaining the reason it’s taken this long for the character to get his own movie:

“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.”

There’s already been some rumors running around online over the past few weeks, teasing how Wan and co. might be shooting and visualizing the largely-underwater world of the film, which in and of itself seems like a reason to see the movie on the big screen, if executed successfully that is. He makes a good point as well, that it would have probably been very difficult for anyone to have made an Aquaman-centric movie, without having to stage a lot of the film above water, simultaneously stripping the character of some of his most interesting mythology.

It seems like the villains and other characters in the movie are largely mysterious for the moment as well, outside of Heard and Momoa’s, but if the movie and its filmmakers are planning on diving head first (no pun intended) into the Atlantis storylines and world, then I think Wan’s hitting the nail on the head by addressing the lore’s large possibilities of characters and antagonists. Seeing which ones they end up choosing and casting, should help to give fans a better idea of what to expect from the Aquaman movie as well, which for right now, is being largely hyped up by its promising and highly-talented director, and not much else.

Aquaman is set to hit theatres on July 27th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable