Patrick Wilson on Aquaman's Appeal & Reuniting with James Wan

Patrick Wilson, having been cast as the film's villain, discusses the allure of Aquaman and his excitement about reuniting with director James Wan.

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There may have been a few critical bumps in the road, but the DC Extended Universe is in full swing. While the three films released thus far — Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad — remain divisive among fans and critics, it is hard to argue with the franchise's early financial success. The three films have combined for a little over $2.28 billion worldwide, and that total will only grow following the 2017 release of Wonder Woman and Justice League.

Unlike Marvel, which chose to introduce the main cast of The Avengers in solo films, DC solidified its main Trinity — Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — in Batman V Superman. The rest of the Justice League, including Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, were given brief cameos, but will see their roles expand in Justice League. It is after the Justice League that those three will get their own solo outings. Aquaman, directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa in the title role, will bow in 2018, and will feature Patrick Wilson as the main antagonist, Orm/Ocean Master.

Patrick Wilson recently spoke with Lynda Lopez, host of ABC Radio's GMA After Hours, where he discussed Aquaman, and what it is like to work with director James Wan. Aquaman will mark Wilson's fifth collaboration with Wan, after two Insidious films, and a pair of Conjuring thrillers. Wilson explained that the time is right for an Aquaman film, as "there hasn't been the technology to back up the storytelling...until now."

Wilson also noted that he is more than pleased to continue working with James Wan, stating:

"And for me, of course, I'm completely biased with James Wan, who I've done four films with — knowing that he's at the helm and knowing what he ... can do and what he will do, I'll do anything with him."

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In discussing the allure of an Aquaman film, Wilson noted the following:

"I think the lure of Aquaman [is] because he hasn't been overexposed on screen. And I don't know Jason [Momoa] -- I can't wait to meet him. I was a huge fan even from the first episode of Game of Thrones, so I'm in -- I'm in with him, and he's gonna be fantastic."

There is no doubt that finally seeing Aquaman on the big screen (for more than thirty seconds) will be exciting for fans of comics. While there have been ten theatrically released Batman films, and seven featuring SupermanAquaman will mark the first solo film appearance of the King of Atlantis.

Wilson is likely not the only one excited that James Wan will be helming the picture either, as fans have to be pumped considering his recent work. The director has a strong track record with his last few films, including the four previously mentioned horror pics and, of course, 2015's worldwide smash, Furious 7. Things are certainly looking up for the future of the DCEU, in this respect.

Source: ABC Radio

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Key Release Dates
  • Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • The Flash (2022) release date: Jul 01, 2022
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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