James Wan Wants to Defy People’s Expectations on Aquaman. James Wan is already looking forward to bringing Aquaman to the big screen, so he knows that not everyone is too excited to see it. The director hopes to change everyone’s perception on the hero with his version.
Speaking with CBR, James Wan said that he got inspiration on the film from DC head Geoff Johns and wants to be the one to change Aquaman’s status as the punch line into a hero that people haven’t seen before. Here’s what The Conjuring 2 director said:
I’m a big fan of what Geoff Johns did with his new take on Aquaman, with the New 52. I think for the first time, we get to see Aquaman as a superhero that definitely isn’t the butt of superhero jokes, right? I think that there’s something very exciting about that. I actually do think there’s something kind of fun, as well, to take a character where people don’t quite know what to expect from him, or rather the expectation of him is quite low. I always say, it’s very difficult when you’re tackling something like ‘Spider-Man’ or ‘Batman’ that has been done so many times before. Whereas, it’s actually really refreshing to take on something like Aquaman, that no one has really seen before in this context, and make it your own.
The biggest challenge for this film is shooting in the ocean, where Aquaman is suppose to take place. In regards to preparing for the task at hand, Wan was cryptic in the details.
I will answer that with this little anecdote from The Conjuring 2. We have a sequence in the movie where the set is flooded, it’s waterlogged, and there’s a lot of rain in this movie. Every time I’m out in the rain, and I’m in this sunken, flooded set, the only thing that’s going through my brain is, ‘F*ck, I have to put up with this for an entire movie. This is going to suck.’ I’ll leave it at that – how’s that?
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