James Wan On “Aquaman” Monsters

Presenting a panel for the horror sequel “The Conjuring 2” at Wondercon this weekend, that film’s director James Wan spoke about his next major project in the works – the DC Comics adaptation “Aquaman” starring Jason Momoa.

Momoa made his first albeit very brief appearance as the character in this past weekend’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and Wan discussed with several outlets his plans for the film.

First up, he says his film will have a sense of fun and that he hopes to break people’s expectations as Aquaman is a fresh character not done before on film and an underdog that people have made fun of in the past. He tells IGN:

“The kind of filmmaker that I am… even my darker horror films generally are still very fun and I think that’s important for me and the kind of films I make.

Aquaman is a character that a lot of people have made fun of over the years and I just think it’s fun to actually show a really different, cool, badass side to this character, but at the same time, let’s not forget to have fun with.”

He also indicates he’ll be bringing some of his horror sensibility to the underwater world, telling Slashfilm:

“I think, like most people, we are familiar with Aquaman. We grew up reading or watching this character on the peripheral. I was never so in depth with Aquaman as, let’s say, I was with X-Men. I grew up loving X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman. Those are obviously the key big ones, but there’s always something kind of cool about Aquaman still, the idea of creating a huge world that is on our planet.

That’s the thing about Aquaman that’s cool is he’s not an alien, right? He’s from our planet and he’s from a society that we’re not privy to in the context of the story. Isn’t it crazy to think that we’ve explored space more than we have explored the depths of our ocean? That just fires up my imagination about potential sea monsters and cool creatures, that kind of stuff.”

“Aquaman” opens July 27th 2018.