Wan Talks “Aquaman” As Wolverine, Manta Rumor

Filmmaker James Wan has had to clarify a comment he made recently that the character of Aquaman would be “the Wolverine of the Justice League” in Warner Bros. Pictures’ burgeoning DC Extended Universe.

Whilst some jumped to the conclusion he would be the focus of the team-up film, Wan now says on Twitter that it’s more a question of personality: “Peeps, I referenced Wolverine for the loner/outsider aspect. That is all. Don’t freak out over headlines. Now, as for Black Manta.”

Wan isn’t ready to confirm this week’s report that Black Manta is the villain of the solo “Aquaman” film. Fans are already throwing about ideas for casting though, including one particularly inspired choice in “The IT Crowd” actor and filmmaker Richard Ayoade. However the fan favorite at the moment seems to be “The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams who himself has stated on Twitter today that he’s interested in the part.

Then there’s an interview with IGN in which Wan explains how he plans to deal with underwater communication in the film:

“Yeah, speech bubbles, right?! Maybe it’ll be speech bubbles. [Laughs] I never thought about that… Words come out of the bubbles. It’s brilliant! That’s a cool visual. It would be very literal, yeah! No, here’s the thing I always say, if you have water in your lungs, like these characters do, there’s no air bubble.

So I don’t know… I just think in my movie, I want to kind of create… I love the idea of underwater speaking but with a real sort of sonic, aquatic quality to it. So there’s this sort of aquatic, almost sonar/whale thing. Even though it’s in a human language, there’s this slight sort of underlay to it, this ping to it, which I think would be interesting for us to design from a sound design perspective. Yeah, it will be fun.

Also, Zack has some ideas that he’ll be doing in Justice League…. 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.”

The “Aquaman” film is currently targeting a July 27th 2018 release.