Whether you love or hate the current state of Warner Brothers' DC Extended Universe, superhero fans everywhere are at least curious about the direction the films will take once more creative voice get involved. Zack Snyder has clearly played a formative role, having directed Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now the upcoming Justice League movie. But with producer Geoff Johns now overseeing the developing DC movie-verse canon and other directors beginning to enter the fray, it's possible that the tone of the DCEU may begin to broaden in an interesting way.
One of these new directors is James Wan (Furious 7), who is currently preparing to film the Aquaman solo film early next year. While actor Jason Momoa's (Game of Thrones) iteration of the hero has already been glimpsed in Batman v Superman, with a much larger introductory role hitting in Justice League, Wan already has very strong ideas about the tonal direction he wants to take the hero.
In a recent interview with ET, James Wan talked a bit about what audiences should expect when his iteration of Aquaman hits the screen in 2018:
"I kind of don't want to give too much away but know this - the spirit that I'm going for is like a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story. It's ultimately a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone."
Some fans might be wondering how the "swashbuckling" tone of the films he mentioned will mesh with the intensely serious iteration of Aquaman Zack Snyder introduced in the Comic-Con trailer for Justice League. But Wan doesn't seem at all concerned about the need for a major tonal shift to fit his vision. In fact, he suggests that Snyder's introduction of his Aquaman principals meshes perfectly with his plans for the characters.
"I think Amber [Heard] and Jason Momoa, in their moments in Justice League, [are] going to give the rest of the world a flavor of what their own standalone movie could be. And that is just scratching the surface of what I plan to do."
Either the DCEU's Aquaman has a humorous side that we haven't seen yet, or his film is going to introduce a very different kind of swashbuckler than Indiana Jones or Jack T. Colton. Maybe Amber Heard's Mera plays against his grim demeanor in a charming way? Sadly, we're still over a year away from seeing Zack Snyder scratch the surface of that relationship in Justice League.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Justice League and Aquaman as they hit.
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020