James Wan Talks About Keeping Aquaman a Self-Contained Film

Posted by July 16, 2018 Comment

It seems like we’ve been waiting for forever for any information about Aquaman, and now the set visit information is finally starting to come out. ComicBook.com spoke to director James Wan about how he wants to keep this separate from other DC movies. At the time of this set visit we hadn’t even seen Justice League yet.

“It picks up after Justice League,” Wan said. “I don’t want to give too much away, but it picks up after Justice League, but it is its own standalone movie. Ultimately it’s a movie… I don’t know how to talk about it without kind of giving too much of it away.”

Wan went on about how Aquaman’s brief appearance in Justice League didn’t really establish too much, so he was able to create his own world when it came time to tell his own story.

“I feel like the good thing about having something that isn’t really established is I get the opportunity to kind of set the world, set the tone, and set the flavor for who this guy is, and the world that he lives in,” Wan said. “That’s what we love about superheroes, right? We love that they represent the best part of who we want to be, right? What we strive for, and what we aspire to be. And I think what I liked most about this character, and actually what Jason Momoa brings to it, is the idea that this is a guy who’s kind of trapped between two worlds. He doesn’t feel like he belonged in the surface world, but he doesn’t feel like he belongs in the world of Atlantis as well, the underwater world.”

Aquaman has been the butt of jokes for years, and Wan talked about how they needed to get away from that and give this character lots of depth.

“It gives him more color than just a very clean cut superhero, right?” Wan said. “And he’s not just sort of out there to just defeat bad guys strictly for that. And so I think someone like Jason who plays his role, who is himself a mix ethnicity as well. And so I think he brings a lot of that flavor to it, and I think it just makes it more interesting. I think it’s kinda cool to see the world through through someone like that’s perspective.”

The first trailer for Aquaman is set to debut this Saturday in Hall H. Thus far all of the images have shown a very different look from any other DC movie we’ve seen so far, and that’s so exciting to see.

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 Dafoe. It will be released December 21st.

(Last Updated July 16, 2018 6:51 pm )

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