Director James Wan Says Aquaman’s The New Wolverine

Late last week, a former Warner Bros. employee wrote an open letter, taking the studio to task for the way it has handled the DC Universe. This letter is particularly critical of director Zack Snyder, but the studio has no choice but to stick with the director at this point, as he has played an important role in shaping Warner’s most prominent superheroes. This includes Aquaman, who briefly appeared in Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will play a more prominent role in the director’s upcoming Justice League. While the disgruntled former Warner employee might be concerned about Snyder’s take on the character, the director responsible for the standalone Aquaman movie is feeling optimistic.

James Wan (The Conjuring 2) is particularly pleased with Snyder’s decision to cast Jason Momoa in the role. “I actually think it’s a brilliant move on Zack and co. to cast someone like Jason,” he told IGN. “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.”


While some directors might take issue with following another filmmaker’s lead, Wan is intrigued by the challenge. “Listen, I’ll be honest, in some ways, Justice League will be an experiment for me to see what works and what may not work as well,” he said. “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.”

Aquaman doesn’t arrive in theatres until July 27, 2018, but you can get an early look at the title character in the Justice League Comic-Con video below.