When he was announced as Aquaman’s director, James Wan was probably a bit of an odd choice. Known for his debut film Saw, the Insidious movies and two outings from The Conjuring, the only “blockbuster” to his name is the seventh Fast & Furious film (which is actually loads of fun). In a recent interview with James Wan on Aquaman, the director has opened up about what we can expect, and why it has taken this long to get here.
James Wan on Aquaman
Speaking to Cinema Blend, Wan brings up the uniqueness of the character, saying “That’s what I’ll speak to – the uniqueness of the Aquaman world. There are so many superhero movies now; I don’t want to make a superhero movie now for the sake of doing it, but there’s something unique to the world of Aquaman.” Fans of the comics will certainly agree.
“There’s a reason why they’ve never made a movie about this until now,” he continues, saying it’s “because technology has never allowed us to tackle something this complicated. And so because of that it feels like something different, and that uniqueness is what I’m excited about.”
After seeing the massive steps forward in technologies behind-the-scenes for films like Gravity, it was only a matter of time before our attention shifted to giving a new, distinct look to films based underwater. Just what these visuals will be, and how the team will overcome them remains to be seen, but what we have here could well be the most unique superhero film to date.
The villains of the deep
Continuing, Wan goes into a little more detail about what we can expect, stating “I gotta say, one thing I love about the Aquaman world is all the really different, really interesting characters. They are interesting characters, including the villains – I’m not going to tell you which villains I’m going to play with! [laughs] But they’re super cool. They’re very larger than life, but they’re unique.”
So no spoilers from him yet, but if we were to put money on it (and based on the fact Wan says villains, plural) we would expect to see Ocean Master – Aquaman’s half brother – and Black Manta – perhaps his most hated rival, who actually kills his son – in his solo film debut.
Aquaman is currently scheduled for a release in July 2018.