DC’s ‘Aquaman’ Will Be A ‘Swashbuckling Action Adventure,’ According To James Wan

DC’s Aquaman is set to hit theaters in 2018 as a “swashbuckling action adventure” flick according to the stand-alone film’s director James Wan.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight’s Ashley Crossan, Aquaman director James Wan excitedly revealed how he plan to showcase the Atlantian hero as part of the expanding DC Universe.

According to Wan, DC’s Aquaman will emit a similar sense of excitement as with Harrison Ford’s all-time fan-favorite Indiana Jones.

“I kind of don’t want to give too much away but know this: The spirit that I’m going for is like a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story.”

While it may be exciting to see Jason Momoa take the spotlight again after his character Khal Drogo met his demise in the Game of Thrones, Wan’s description of the upcoming solo film is quite confusing, to say the least.

Wan further explained his intent to depict Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in a film “in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone.”

As if that was not enough, Wan noted that the first appearance of Momoa’s Aquaman in the Justice League on November 17, 2017, in the big screen will showcase a sneak peek of what is to come in the Atlantian ruler’s own solo film where Amber Heard will be portraying Mera, the queen of Atlantis.

“I think Amber and Jason Momoa, in their moments in Justice League, [are] going to give the rest of the world a flavor of what their own standalone movie could be. And that is just scratching the surface of what I plan to do.”

Back in June, Wan was given the choice to helm either the Aquaman or The Flash and chose the movie about the King of Atlantis since he had more ideas to pitch in that DC movie.

After accepting the project, however, Wan admitted that the film proved to be quite challenging considering the character’s reputation as the lamest member of the Justice League.

Both Jason Momoa and Amber Heard will debut their roles in Aquaman in the upcoming DC flick Justice League alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as well as Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.


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What We Know So Far

Based on previous reports and rumors, DC’s Aquaman will follow an entirely new story as scriptwriter Will Beall refuse to base the film’s plot solely on very few ideas and from the comic books.

It also no secret that Jason Momoa maintains the cast lead point in the film and is expected to provide that cool, intimidating touch to the less famous DC comic book superhero.

While there have been no official plot details released yet, we know that it would somehow revolve around the ruler of Atlantis getting caught up between keeping the peace as the surface dwellers ravage the seas and his fellow Atlantians are gearing up to revolt.

Joining him is Amber Heard as Mera, the queen of Atlantis, who will also appear in the Justice League.

Regarding plot details, DC’s Aquaman is expected to be something other than a straightforward origin story based on a statement from producer Charles Roven cited by the Wall Street Journal.

“While each movie stands alone, they’re all part of one long arc of storytelling.”

With that said, Wan and Snyder are working closely to ensure that both films coincide with each other and fit in a carefully woven DC Cinematic Universe.

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