I can dig it.
With Aquaman set to make his big screen debut next March in Snyder’s Batman V. Superman, Warner Bros. is finally starting to figure out what (or more importantly, who) they’re going to be moving forward with their universe with. According to THR, James Wan – whose most recent film Furious Seven is now the 4th highest-grossing film of all-time and whose horror outings (Insidious, The Conjuring) have been incredibly successful – is now set to direct Aquaman for WB, set to release in 2018. Oh and Sony has him for some anime adaptation called Robotech or something. From the WB press release:
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that director James Wan (“Furious Seven,” “The Conjuring”) will take the helm of the Studio’s upcoming Aquaman feature film, with Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) starring as the sea-dwelling Super Hero. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Silverman stated, “We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,’ and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate. The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”
Now, I’m not a huge fan of what we’ve seen of the WB/DC universe thus far – though Suicide Squad has my attention based on David Ayer alone – and their recent behind-the-scenes shenanigans involving a clear lack of a coherent, unified vision have me worried, but I like Wan a lot. He’s a visually dynamic filmmaker with a precise vision. With Furious 7 he proved he could do big and glorious (that skydiving cars setpiece is a strong contender for best setpiece of the entire series) but also jump into something already established, maintain it and fit his own unique touches into it, so I’m interested to see how he does with a lot of money and control – assuming WB does really want him for his unique talents and doesn’t just want him to backseat directs theirs, the recent Michelle Maclaren departure has me wary.
I have no idea what an Aquaman movie would look like, especially with Wan at the helm – I had envisioned something of an underwater Game Of Thrones (and no, not just because of Jason Momoa) with huge, crazy creatures and century-spanning mythology. Maybe Momoa riding a whale, javelin-tossing his trident? Who knows? But I don’t see Wan making that film. Insidious proved he’s not afraid to go weird, though, so if WB let’s him do his thing we can at least expect something interesting. The release also noted that he’d be working with 300 and 300: Rise Of An Empire scribe Kurt Johnstad on the script, so maybe that’s a glimpse at what WB is looking for, it certainly matches up with the films description they gave out today:
An icon for over 70 years, Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe.
I dig it. I dig Jason Momoa and James Wan. Let’s see what happens. What do you guys make of this?