James Wan Says Aquaman Is the Wolverine of the Justice League

Monday, 15 August 2016 - 2:07PM
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Monday, 15 August 2016 - 2:07PM
James Wan Says Aquaman Is the Wolverine of the Justice League

James Wan has a little bit of an uphill battle when adapting Aquaman for the DCEU, if only because Aquaman is kind of the butt of the joke among comic book fans. So Wan has gone out of his way to tease Jason Momoa's powerful, bad-ass version of the character, and now has even compared him to the resident bad-ass of the X-Men universe.

In a recent interview with IGN, Wan discussed Momoa's casting, and why the character is sort of the Wolverine of the Justice League:

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I actually think it's a brilliant move on Zack and co. to cast someone like Jason. Immediately, the whole joke aspect of Aquaman goes out the window. You have such a muscular, superhero-y character and one that is almost, to me, in some ways... I look at him, he's kind of the Wolverine in some respect. He's the outsider who gets pulled into this world and he kind of doesn't want to belong and he was doing his own thing. And he prided freedom above everything else. That kind of plays nicely into who his character is. He's like a reluctant superhero, right? He's the reluctant king, basically, or would-be king.
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So basically, he's like Wolverine because he's a reluctant hero and... super buff? That could describe a lot of superheroes, last time I checked. It's possible that this is a hint that this version of Aquaman will be more antiheroic and will be willing to use deadly force, which would be very in keeping with the current DC Murderverse. But more likely, this is just a toss-off comment, and indicative of Wan's hope that Momoa's character will be regarded with similar reverence by the geek community.

In other news, Wan couldn't confirm or deny that Black Manta is the villain of the film, but he did state that Geoff Johns' run of comics was his primary inspiration for the character. He also said that communication underwater would be something to the effect of "underwater speaking but with a real sort of sonic, aquatic quality to it," comparing it to whales' sonar. But unlike pretty much everyone else working on the DCEU, he said that in regards to creative decisions like that, he would learn lessons from fan reaction to previous DCEU movies:

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Listen, I'll be honest, in some ways, JL will be an experiment for me to see what works and what may not work as well. And then kind of go, okay... Here's the great thing, with all these superhero movies, you watch from one movie to another, and they always sort of slightly change things along the way. You kind of have to do that to make what's best for your film.
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Aquaman will first appear in Justice League on November 17, 2017, while his solo film opens in theaters on July 27, 2018.

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