Aside from all of the story and character complaints, there has been a consensus that the look and visuals in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman have been consistently strong throughout. That same, gorgeous aesthetic looks to be continuing in this year's Wonder Woman standalone film, with director Patty Jenkins working alongside Matthew Jensen to create the look of the film. Of course, Zack Snyder looks like he'll be delivering even more breathtaking visual sequences in Justice League later this year as well, though that's nothing to be all that surprised about. But with the recent rumors and delays coming from The Batman and the transition from a Shazam! film to a Black Adam film with The Rock, the future of the DCEU doesn't appear to be as concrete as some fans had expected.
Before Warner Bros. and DC are set to release either of those films though, director James Wan is first set to release his long-awaited Aquaman film, with Jason Momoa set to star as the titular King of Atlantis. Considering Wan's impressive filmography and respected status amongst the geek and film fan communities, his presence in the DCEU has been a calming one ever since it was first announced.
To be fair, not much is all that known about Aquaman right now, including what the exact story of it will be. But following some recent behind-the-scenes updates and casting announcements, Wan has revealed yet another key creative team member set to be involved in the film. Answering a fan's question from his personal Twitter account, Wan announced that cinematographer Don Burgess will be acting as Director of Photography on the 2018 DCEU film:
Don Burgess. Some upcoming kid I gave a break to on Conjuring 2. https://t.co/BMzyqzrSE3
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) February 20, 2017
This will mark the second collaboration between Burgess and Wan, as the director notes in his tweet, following their work together on last year's The Conjuring 2. Burgess has been working as a cinematographer in Hollywood for decades, however, and has even been nominated for an Academy Award for his work as one on Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump. Notably, this won't be Burgess' first time shooting a large scale superhero film by any means either, after acting as cinematographer on Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man film - making him a more than suitable fit for Aquaman.
Wan very clearly knows what he's doing visually with his films, and after working with Burgess to create satisfying scares on The Conjuring 2 - sky's the limit for how Aquaman may look and feel. Wan has talked a lot previously about creating the film's underwater world, using technology and film in a way they never have been before, and the filmmaker is very clearly aligning himself with as many talented collaborators as possible on this DCEU movie, in order to do just that.
Source: James Wan
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019