Ever since the Super Friends brought Aquaman to the mainstream public’s attention, the character has been considered something of a joke. When it came to finally casting Arthur Curry, Zack Snyder surprised everyone by casting Jason Momoa and when his costume was revealed it raised even more eyebrows. Now the solo Aquaman movie is filming and the director James Wan recently talked to The Wrap about the production and the “stroke of genius” it was to cast Momoa.
“Momoa is not a guy that you would go up to and make fun of,” Wan told TheWrap. “I really think you immediately remove any of the stigma of the character from the cartoons that we are familiar with.”
Getting people to take their characters “seriously” seems to be the entire point of the DC Extended Universe and it hasn’t always worked out that great. It seems that Wan knows that getting rid of that stigma isn’t the same thing as losing one’s sense of humor.
“Having said that, I’m not completely unaware of the stigma,” Wan added. “If anything, I embrace it and being able to laugh at yourself and have fun at yourself is important and that’s something I am aware of as I make ‘Aquaman’ right now.”
At the end of the day Aquaman is a silly character but he’s also a badass that deserves a great film adaptation. Everything that we’ve seen of this movie so far looks like nothing we’ve seen from DC before. Whether or not people are going to stop making fun of Aquaman has yet to be seen but it could happen.
Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Aquaman will be directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, and Willem Defoe. It will be released December 21, 2018.
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