It has been no secret that James Wan was able to indulge in some of his taste for horror in the creation of the undersea creatures in ‘Aquaman‘ and now the director is sharing what inspired their look in the movie. The Trench is the truly horrifying creatures which have appeared in the promotional material, and while one of the runs by Geoff Johns helped inspire the look of the film, it was an iconic horror author that played into the on-screen creation of this race.
As for most of the races and what we see on screen, Wan used Geoff Johns’ New 52 run as the springboard to his monsters. This included the design of the world and creatures which he accomplished by working closely with all the artists.
As to The Trench? Wan shares that, he’s definitely “a big Lovecraft fan. A lot of the sea monsters in this were very Lovecraft inspired. It just felt like the right thing to do, a fun thing to do.”
However, with that in mind, Wan was quick to clarify that “there’s no Cthulu” in the film which shoots down the idea that we’d end up seeing one fan-favorite meme from the Internet.
It looks like we’ll be getting quite the mix of undersea characters as “the Xebelean race would be more ‘surface dwelling human looking’” and “the Brine which are basically giant crab people” which are just two other examples which we’ll be seeing.
‘Aquaman’ will be swimming into your local theaters on December 21st, 2018!