Even with the awful reviews for ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ Warner Bros knows there is still money to be made from its DC comics properties, especially when a stinker like ‘BVS’ can still have such a big opening weekend. So it is no surprise that they are still moving ahead with ‘Justice League,’ and following that, their cinematic adaptation of ‘Aquaman‘ to be directed by James Wan.
Here is the thing though, the standalone movies like ‘Aquaman’ might actually be the savior of the DCEU for one big reason, they are not directed by Zach Snyder, who fans are blaming for the middling reviews of both ‘Batman V Superman’ and ‘Man of Steel.’ ‘Aquaman’ for example, has Wan in the director’s seat, and he is already prepping a movie that sounds like it will be far different than what we have seen in the DCEU so far, and with the added pressure of working with a character who has often been relegating to the sidelines (or a joke) and trying to make him and his world more bad-ass, Wan is most likely going to be working extremely hard to make ‘Aquaman’ work. In his own words:
“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.”
What are your thoughts on Aquaman spending a lot of the movie fighting sea creatures and monsters from the deep? Are you worried this might lead to more visual spectacle than story, as has been the major problem with the DCEU so far? Share your opinion in the comments below!
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