Although Aquaman has been one of the least recognized and least appreciated superheroes in DC comics, movies, etc., the King of Atlantis is set to play what appears to be a very important role in future DC Extended Universe Films, including the upcoming Justice League movie which is set to premiere next year. Many people have directed jokes at Aquaman over the years, which may cause some filmmakers to stay away from making a film that has the potential to be the material for jokes. However, director James Wan is set to direct the upcoming Aquaman film, and it appears he will do so without hesitation and with much enthusiasm. Many interviews since DC chose Wan to direct Aquaman have revealed an excited James Wan who is eager to make the first live action film for the under-appreciated hero.
Before James Wan was chosen to direct the upcoming Aquaman film, he had several choices in regards to which character’s film to helm, one of these characters including The Flash. Regardless of how much more popular characters such as The Flash are, Wan ultimately chose Aquaman. The director explained in a recent interview why he chose one of the least popular superheroes, saying:
“It was, well, oh jeez, this would be a big tidbit: They asked me which of the two characters I’d be interested in and it was between The Flash and Aquaman. When asked why, he said: This is how I weighed it: For me, we’ve seen various versions of The Flash… (Including the current show on CW) Exactly. There’s a popular show on TV and there was a great one in the ‘90s. I loved that Flash! But the thing that ultimately pushed me more towards Aquaman is I love the possibility of creating a whole new world. I’ve always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom. And also, I love the fact that Aquaman is an underdog character. I love the fact that people like to make fun of him. [Laughs.] I feel the bar is a lot lower and I can have fun with him!”
In the same interview, the discussion continued in regards to how many jokes are constantly pointed at Aquaman, to which Wan said:
“Yeah, exactly. Everyone makes fun of him! And I actually don’t mind that! What it allows me to do: I think people are a lot less precious with him than, let’s say, you were doing a Spider-Man or a Batman or whatever.”
It was then mentioned how not many people have a definitive take on the King of Atlantis, and many view James Wan as a director who can only do horror films properly. To this, Wan was quoted saying:
“Exactly. That’s exactly it. I felt like it allows me the freedom to just tell the story of the character I wanted to tell. And I think what I proved for myself with Fast and Furious 7, how I took on this massive movie and I was able to overcome the tragedy that befell the production – I think it really proved to everyone I’m capable of doing more than just horror movies.”
Even while facing much adversity with fans doubting the future of the DCEU and people who may not take a live-action Aquaman film seriously, James Wan appears to be very eager and excited to contribute to the DCEU with his Aquaman film. The opportunity to create a whole new world which has never before been seen on the big screen is exciting, and Wan has the ability to make a great film which can finally end all the jokes associated with Aquaman.
James Wan’s Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, is set to premiere in theaters on July 27th, 2018.