Over the weekend, director James Wan descended upon WonderCon to promote his upcoming thrillers Lights Out and The Conjuring 2, which both arrive this summer. But the filmmaker also discussed his highly-anticipated Aquaman movie. We don't know when production will begin yet, but the filmmaker teased new details in an interview with /Film, hinting that fans will see new "sea monsters and cool creatures." Here's what the filmmaker had to say about this unique character.
"I think, like most people, we are familiar with Aquaman. We grew up reading or watching this character on the peripheral. I was never so in depth with Aquaman as, let's say, I was with X-Men. I grew up loving X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman. Those are obviously the key big ones, but there's always something kind of cool about Aquaman still, the idea of creating a huge world that is on our planet. That's the thing about Aquaman that's cool is he's not an alien, right? He's from our planet and he's from a society that we're not privy to in the context of the story. Isn't it crazy to think that we've explored space more than we have explored the depths of our ocean? That just fires up my imagination about potential sea monsters and cool creatures, that kind of stuff."
Yesterday, the filmmaker teased in another interview that his Aquaman movie will be "fun," and will present a "badass" version of this iconic character. Fans who saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice over the weekend got their first look at Jason Momoa as the title character during a brief cameo in this superhero adventure. While no production start date has been officially announced, the cast is starting to come together.
We reported in January that Amber Heard is in talks to play the female lead, Mera, who first will make her DC Comics Extended Universe (DCEU) debut in Justice League Part 1. In the DC Comics, Mera hailed from Xebel, an underwater colony made of descendants of Atlantis separatists, who were exiled from the kingdom. Mera was originally sent by her people to kill Aquaman, but they ended up falling in love, and they sought to unite all of Atlantis through their marriage. Mera has most of the same powers as Aquaman, but she also has what is known as aquakinesis, which allows her to manipulate water with her mind and create hard objects out of water, which can be used as weapons. Aquaman and Mera have also had a rocky relationship in the comics, with Mera turning against him on several occasions, forcing him to choose between her and their child.
James Wan is directing, with Warner Bros. currently developing two different scripts at the same time. The first is being written by Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire), with the second by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans). Will Beall (Gangster Squad) was working on an earlier version, but it seems he isn't involved anymore. Are you looking forward to these new "sea creatures" in the upcoming Aquaman? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates.