James Wan Talks ‘Aquaman’ Solo Film & Working with Zack Snyder

Maybe it was just my expectations, but I thought Aquaman’s cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a bit underwhelming. No spoilers here, because the marketing for the film included a character poster of Jason Momoa in full costume with the words “Unite the Seven”.

Still, I’m looking forward to the solo film coming in 2018. Director James Wan (Furious 7) is set to helm the picture, with Amber Heard officially signed on to play Mera (Queen of Atlantis).

Zack Snyder setup Aquaman’s introduction in next year’s Justice League film. He’s been the guy setting everything in motion for each character’s solo-film. Recently, James Wan participated in a with Cinemablend, and talked about working with Snyder, and how he made it easier for the him to tell his own story within the universe.

Well, I think the story that I would like to tell is still at the end of the day my story. And that’s what’s cool with Zack, is that he’s actually very respectful of that. He’s actually helping me out in some ways with certain things that he’s doing with his [films] so that I can have better groundwork with the standalone Aquaman story.

Like many other directors working within the genre, Wan is bound by certain guidlines within the shared universe. His ability to understand the bigger picture should make it easier for him to create his own film.

…Whether you go work in DC or go work at Marvel, the sandbox is kind of established and you kind of have to play within the sandbox. The key is to, hopefully, when you’re in the sandbox, to create your own castle.” (Comingsoon.net)

Wan has previously stated that he intends on making Aquaman a fun movie. For some people that’ll be a relief considering just how dark Batman v Superman turned out. Wan proved with Furious 7 that he can step outside of his horror genre and deliver something grand on an action scale, with plently of fun. I have high hopes on this film.

Aquaman on releases in theaters on July 27, 2018

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