With the release of Wonder Woman around the corner, new information has now been revealed about the much anticipated Aquaman movie, starring Jason Momoa as the titular superhero. Speaking to CinemaBlend, executive producer Charles Roven explained where Aquaman, which is set for release in December 2018, fits into the timeline of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The producer, who’s worked on both Wonder Woman and Justice League, said that the 2018 superhero flick would take place after the Justice League movie.
More importantly, Roven revealed that the characters in the film would refer to the events in Justice League, hence implying that Zack Snyder’s superhero ensemble film will have direct consequences on the plot of Aquaman. Similar to how Man of Steel tied into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League will most likely set into motion the storylines of the upcoming solo films within the DCEU, including Aquaman.
Jason Momoa will, of course, appear as Aquaman, otherwise known as Arthur Curry, in the upcoming Justice League film. While there’s currently not a lot of information on the plot of Snyder’s Justice League film, fans can expect Aquaman to play a pivotal role in it.
In the comics, the superhero is one of the founding members of the Justice League, alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Green Lantern. While the superhero is often singled out for ridicule due to his seemingly lackluster abilities, Momoa’s portrayal will surely change the mainstream perception of Aquaman. Thanks to the actor’s previous role as the ferocious Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and his adventurous passion for axe-throwing away from the spotlight, it’s clear that Warner Bros. opted for a modernized depiction of the iconic superhero. And from what we’ve seen in the trailers and promotional posters so far, Momoa’s version of Aquaman looks to be much grittier and menacing than his comic book counterpart. In fact, Momoa’s Aquaman somewhat resembles the rugged and short-lived version of the superhero back in the 90s.
But how exactly will 2018’s Aquaman be affected by the events in Justice League? This is currently unknown, as Roven did not go into specifics when talking about the connection between the two films. Nonetheless, it is probably safe to assume that the formation of the Justice League, as well as the battle between the heroes and the film’s primary antagonist, who is expected to be Darkseid, will leave a lasting mark on the world and, perhaps, even Aquaman’s kingdom of Atlantis.
Roven did, however, reveal that Warner Bros. was willing to continue releasing films in non-chronological order in the future. According to the producer, such an approach would grant the filmmakers freedom to explore various stories within the DCEU timeline.
“James [Wan] definitely knows where he’s going with [Aquaman], and that movie takes place in a world where Justice League happened, and Man of Steel happened, and Wonder Woman obviously takes place before Man of Steel — except for the bookends we have. So that’s where we have the most ability to freeform. We could do a movie that takes place after Justice League, we can do a movie that takes place after Batman v Superman… well not really. You can’t do a movie in between Batman v Superman and Justice League, but we can do movies that take place after Justice League and we can do movies that precede Justice League.”
When Justice League is released in November this year, fans will find out more about the film’s connection to Aquaman. And while Zack Snyder recently announced that he was stepping down from the film due to the death of his daughter, there will be no delay in the film’s release. Joss Whedon has already taken over and is currently working on completing the project, for it to be released on time. In the meantime, let’s take a look at Momoa’s impressive axe-throwing skills!
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