Over the course of the last couple of days, there has been a rumor that director James Wan might drop out of Aquaman over creative differences. The director himself chimed in late yesterday. And while he wouldn't specifically address the idea that he might bail on the DC Comics adventure, he did hint that's he's not going anywhere yet. But if there are creative differences between the filmmaker and Warner Bros., perhaps it revolves around just how dark he plans on going with this comic book adventure.
In a recent interview with Empire, the man who co-created the Saw and Insidious horror franchises hints that his upcoming DC Comics standalone movie has more than just a little DNA spillover from his past works. This includes other entries on his directorial resume such as action blockbuster Furious 7 and the underrated 2007 revenge thriller Death Sentence, starring Kevin Bacon. Asked if Aquaman is going to be as dark as Batman V Superman, the director hints that it might go even darker.
"Look at the sensibility of my movies, from Furious 7 to the horror films. You can extract the kind of movie I might make of Aquaman."
Along with Leigh Whannell, James Wan helped create the torture porn genre in horror. And The Conjuring has been called one of the scariest movies of this decade. The man returns with the follow-up The Conjuring 2 this summer, and he produced a new potential horror franchise in Lights Out. That's where his heart lies, and it sounds like we'll be getting an Aquaman that is more scary than it is goofy, colorful superhero fun.
That should be expected, considering Jason Momoa's quick cameo in Dawn of Justice. The King of Atlantis is not introduced as a friendly presence. Instead, he is a screaming mad human oddity living under the ocean who appears quite angry about something. Though, what that is is not expounded upon in Batman V Superman.
Even though it sounds like Aquaman will stay as dark as the DCEU has been lately, there should be a good deal of fun as well. James Wan doesn't make movies that aren't without a sense of humor, something that was direly missing from BVS. He had this to previously say about the way he was handling the humor in Aquaman.
"The kind of filmmaker that I am, even my darker horror films are still very fun. And I think that's important for me and the kinds of films I make. The film I'm here to present, Lights Out, is a fun horror film. And I think Aquaman is a character who has...You know, been made fun of a lot over the years, and I think it's kind of fun to show a really different, cool, badass side to this character - but at the same time, let's not forget to have fun with it."
So even though it might edge towards his more gritty fare, we can expect some lighthearted moments to seep in. More than anything, it sounds like this superhero adventure, which hits theaters in summer 2018, will be taking its underwater king very seriously. At that, we're also betting that he will kill his fare share of bad guys in his first ever big screen debut.