This weekend officially started off the DC Extended Universe with Warner Bros. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While many fans have praised the film, it’s also received some scathing reviews from critics, many remarking on how dark the film is or that it just isn’t fun like other comic book movies out right now. Others have stated that the characters aren’t likeable because of how grim or brutal they are. The big question many are asking aren’t even about Batman v Superman but more about the future of the DC Films and what we can come to expect from them. Will they all be as dark and depressing as Zack Snyder’s work? Or will they be able to have their own tone while also feeling connected to the DCEU? In an interview with IGN, Aquaman director James Wan, sat down and discussed what we can come to expect from his take on the King of Atlantis.
“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 it.”
Sounds like we’ll have a good mix of seriousness while also some light-hearted moments. I, for one, am very cool with that. I enjoyed Batman v Superman but even I agree that the oppressively dark tone of the film might not be very helpful for the DCEU moving forward. Especially with Justice League, I hope that we can have a film that’s engaging and fun. I’m not saying Flash has to do a dance off with Darkseid, but give us characters we can root for. What can we expect from Wan’s Aquaman? Well I would expect a little bit of horror as well, considering this is the filmmaker behind The Conjuring films. Perhaps we’ll see the Trench? Or some other monstrous creatures from the deep. We’ll be seeing more of both Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Amber Heard’s Mera in next year’s Justice League by Zack Snyder. So what do you think? Are you excited by this or would you rather everything be grim and gritty? Let us know! Aquaman is set to release July 27th 2018 starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera.