This is an exciting time to be a comic book movie fan. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe developing into a string of mature and sophisticated superhero movies, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment is jumping into their own shared universe (currently known as the DC Extended Universe) with upcoming films like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While the movie is only four months away, it’s believed that it will introduce new superheroes who have never been on the big screen, such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman, who are both set to make cameo appearances in Batman V Superman. Jason Momoa will play the King of the Seven Seas with director James Wan taking the helm of Aquaman’s own solo movie in 2018.
Although Aquaman is currently far from production, producer Charles Roven gave the good people at Collider an update on the aquatic film’s development. Roven is one of the producers of Batman V Superman and one of the creative minds overseeing the entire DCEU. He revealed that James Wan is currently working on The Conjuring 2 (which Aquaman screenwriter David Leslie Johnson also worked on), but when the horror sequel wraps, Aquaman will kick into full gear:
“We’re very early days. We’re just starting with the screenplay. He’s making The Conjuring 2 now, so he’s had his hand in the creation of let’s just call it a working document from which to write. But he’s directing that film [and] he’s got his hand ever so slightly in the development, but he’s really gonna throw himself into it after he finishes shooting Conjuring 2. And we’re planning on it being his film after Conjuring 2. He is a serious Aquaman fan.”
James Wan is an interesting choice to helm a big superhero movie like Aquaman, but the Australian director already proved he could handle big and loud action movies with the success of Furious 7 earlier this year. In fact, he turned down the next installment in the Fast & Furious franchise to direct Aquaman, so the material has to be near-and-dear to his heart. It’s going to be interesting to see how Wan will pull off the superhero movie because a majority of it has to take place underwater considering Aquaman’s origins. Luckily, Wan is very creative and resourceful, so the property is in good hands.
Charles Roven praised James Wan for his past work and continued to explain how the director fits in with the rest of the directors in the DCEU. He also explained how the DC shared universe will be different than what Marvel is doing with their superhero movies, in terms of filmmaking. Roven explained:
“That’s a perfect example—him and [David] Ayer, and Patty [Jenkins], they’re perfect examples of what I’m talking about, to bring people in. Fertile creative minds who can say, ‘Okay, we get the road map, now let’s talk about doing this or doing that.’ It’s fun to have that flexibility and yet commonality.”
While Marvel has producer Kevin Feige overseeing every movie in the MCU, Warner Bros will bring in creative, strong, and smart directors to make their own movies in one shared universe, so the tone and style of each DC film will be different, but share the same mythology and direction. There’s no denying that Marvel’s approach has been very successful, but the studio’s films have been criticized for having a cookie-cutter look-and-feel, as a result. Whether DC can avoid similar criticisms, though, remains to be seen, but it’s nice to see they’re taking steps to avoid that problem.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.