There has been no shortage of rumors regarding the state of the DC Extended Universe of late. Even before this point, troubling production tales from the sets have come out before and after their respective releases, but not all projects have experienced negative buzz. Wonder Woman is approaching its release date with plenty of positivity, but Aquaman has also received plenty of positive buzz during the early days of its pre-production.
Anticipation for Arthur Curry's solo film has been high ever since Jason Momoa was cast in the lead, and even more so after horror director James Wan agreed to direct. The two have pushed the project forward, with Wan in particular refuting allegations he would leave. The movie is now only a few months away from the start of production.
Momoa spoke to Digital Trends about his career and interest in gaming in particular. When he was asked about the potential for an Aquaman video game (something that was at one time in the works), Momoa used it as an opportunity to tease Aquaman's latest script. For him, one of the most exciting aspects of his solo film will be the exploration of Atlantis, which may be something that is not really explored in Justice League.
"I read the (Aquaman) script and let me just put it this way, I’ve never seen a movie that’s anything like this. It’s going to be a world that you’ve never seen before, which is really cool. We went to space, we traveled all over different worlds, but we never went underwater. So it’s just a really cool spin on what’s below and it uses a lot of great movies that I already love — whether that be Raiders of the Lost Ark to Star Wars to Lord of the Rings to Romancing the Stone. It has a lot of really cool adventure, it’s funny and heroic, and there’s a lot of different characters and a lot of different worlds that we get to go to. So I’ve never really seen anything like it."
In an era where superhero movies are becoming more and more common, studios continue to look for new ways to make these films. For Fox and Deadpool it was an R-rated, self-aware, raunchy comedy, whereas Marvel Studios continues to explore other genres as well with Captain America: The Winter Solider adding elements of political thrillers and Ant-Man a being a heist film. Warner Bros. has the chance to do something very novel in exploring an underwater world, and it could be just what they need. Stunt teams have been prepping for these underwater sequences for months, potentially becoming one of the many unique features to this film.
In discussing Aquaman, Momoa may have also delivered some information regarding the scope of Justice League, saying, "We went to space, we traveled all over different worlds, but we never went underwater." If the "we" Momoa refers to is Aquaman and his super friends, perhaps it means the Justice League will go beyond Earth to battle Steppenwolf. On the other hand, Momoa could simply be using "we" to refer to superhero films in general as well.
Regardless of potential hints toward Justice League's story, Aquaman continues to be a bright spot for DCEU-related news. With a number of other castings coming over the past few weeks, Aquaman appears to be in stable condition and will hopefully continue along this path until its release.
Source: Digital Trends
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018