Yo Ho! Director James Wan Talks About Aquaman’s “Swashbuckling” Tone

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Surfing on the wave of (spoilers!) that Batman v Superman cameo, here’s the latest news on Aquaman.

For all the less than stellar reviews, one great things that Dawn of Justice gave us was a sneak peek at not only Wonder Woman, but the rest of the Justice League too! We saw Ezra Miller as The Flash not only stopping a convenience store robbery, but also appearing in a mysterious vision/dream/visit from the future to warn Bruce about… a whole bunch of things.

And on top of that, we saw Cyborg coming to life under the observation of his father Silas Stone and the power of a Mother Box. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a snazzy combo of futuristic tech plus magic guardian angel, hailing from the New Gods of the planet Apokalips… also coincidentally the home planet of Darkseid and his paramedic minions who also featured in Bruce’s nightmare/vision.

Last, but certainly not least, we saw Jason Momoa as Aquaman emerging from a submerged shipwreck and scaring off the divers with his trident and some pretty big shockwaves. There was speculation before the film came out that Aquaman’s origin story would be that he was raised on the mainland and discovers his watery powers later in life… but it looks like he’s already in pretty deep.

The Aquaman solo film is set to follow Justice League Pt.1, and director James Wan spoke to the LA Times about what it’s going to be like: “I would love to capture the fun spirit of high-sea adventures, treasure hunts, sea monsters,” he said. “That’s the spirit that I’m going for. Swashbuckling.”

Speaking to Slashfilm, Wan said, “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.”

So alongside Momoa’s Aquaman and his queen Mera (Amber Heard), there’s a high probability of sea monsters and pirate-esque fun! Pretty different from the established DCU tone… but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Aquaman is due for release July 27 2018.

Sneh Rupra