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:
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:
Aquaman will first appear in Justice League on November 17, 2017, while his solo film opens in theaters on July 27, 2018.