James Wan Says Aquaman “Won’t Be Very Dark”

Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 4:12PM
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Aquaman
Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 4:12PM
James Wan Says Aquaman “Won’t Be Very Dark”
There's certainly been a lot of backlash following the critical reception of Batman v Superman, with Warner Bros. shaking things up left an right to try arnd take control of the DCEU. Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ben Affleck have been promoted, with Johns and Berg taking the creative reins of the entire DCEU, and Charles Roven seemingly becoming more and more distanced from upcoming DC projects. Likewise, Seth Grahame-Smith was removed from being the director of the Flash, and for a while, it was rumored that James Wan, the director of Aquaman would be next.  

However, that was quickly proven false with Wan taking to social media soon after the rumor started to reassure fans that he was still working on the project. While there hasn't been too much news about the film as of yet, Wan recently did an interview in Entertainment Weekly's latest issue in which he did have this to say about it:

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It won't be very dark…It is at the bottom of the ocean, so I'll use a lot of light!
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It seems that Wan has taken the criticism of the other DCEU films to heart, and wants to make it known that he'll ensure his project features a lighter tone, in keeping with what most fans seem to be calling for. It makes sense that he'd want to make sure fans know this, however, as the EW article talked about his reputation as "an undisputed Master of Horror."  

Aquaman will definitely be an interesting project for a number of reasons, but DC seems dedicated to making sure fans take the titular hero seriously, as over the years he's mainly the become the butt of jokes, being "the guy who talks to fish."  

A number of Geoff Johns' comics have already been used as inspiration for certain aspects of the DCEU (Alfred's origins from Batman: Earth One, Cyborg's inclusion in the Justice League from Justice League, certain scenes from Superman: Secret Origin and Superman: Last Son being included in Man of Steel, etc.), so it wouldn't be a stretch to think that there'll probably be a number of things taken from Johns' run from the New 52's Aquaman as well. A big focus of Johns' storylines were ensuring that readers knew that Aquaman was a serious force to be reckoned with, and with Momoa's intimidating presence, that's sure to be evident in the DCEU. At the same time, Johns' story was lighthearted and optimistic as always, so hopefully Wan can bring that aspect of the King of Atlantis to life on the big screen as well -- it certainly seems that he wants to!   

Aquaman is currently slated for a July 27, 2018 release date.
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