Last week, director James Wan teased new details about his highly-anticipated Aquaman movie, surprising many fans by comparing his approach to the classic adventure romance from the 1980s, Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. During a new interview, the filmmaker reiterated and clarified his approach to the relationship between Jason Momoa's title character and Amber Heard's Mera. While there will most certainly be plenty of superhero elements at play, Aquaman will also go in a whole new direction for the DCEU.
Many fans have criticized the first two entries in the DCEU, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Jason Momoa's Aquaman made his debut, and Suicide Squad for being too serious and devoid of much humor. It seems the studio is taking a much different approach with Aquaman, as James Wan reveals in an interview with Bustle that this "action-adventure-romance" angle will allow him to have much more fun with his actors, giving them a relationship in tune to the one carried out in Romancing the Stone.
"I really want to get the classic action-adventure-romance aspect through that, and I think that's kind of fun. It starts off initially with them not quite clicking with each other. But then as the story progresses as they learn to try and work together, they get closer and closer. I think those stories are always such a great place for a filmmaker like myself to have fun with my actors... I think that dynamic will be really interesting between the two. Amber's character is super strong, she's very powerful as well. You don't wanna mess with her. I think Amber will bring that sense of strength, but at the same time, we also want someone who has a sort of feminine quality to her as well. She's a bit of a contrast to Momoa, who's more of a muscular machine almost."
It was also reported in August that the villain for this Aquaman adventure will be Black Manta, who hasn't been cast yet, although Michael K. Williams has expressed his interest in playing the role. Production is scheduled to begin next summer, with Warner Bros. already setting a July 27, 2018 release date. Here's what James Wan had to say, elaborating further on how powerful Amber Heard's Mera will be.
"I think that dynamic will be really interesting between the two. Amber's character is super strong, she's very powerful as well. You don't wanna mess with her. I think Amber will bring that sense of strength, but at the same time, we also want someone who has a sort of feminine quality to her as well. She's a bit of a contrast to Momoa, who's more of a muscular machine almost."
There had been rumors that Amber Heard was going to be fired by Warner Bros., due to her divorce proceedings with ex-husband Johnny Depp. Those rumors were put to rest earlier this month when Justice League director Zack Snyder showcased the first look photo of Amber Heard in costume as Mera. Hopefully we'll start hearing more about additional casting for Aquaman in the near future as we get closer to production starting net summer.