There was a good amount of Aquaman news that came out yesterday and we are here to break it all down!
The King of Atlantis is going to have his hands full in his first solo DC Films movie. Aquaman, played by the awesome Jason Momoa, will square off against his arch-nemesis Black Manta in the upcoming film which is currently slated for a 2018 release.
Black Manta was created in the pages of DC Comics’ Aquaman in 1967. The character has gone through several revamps in terms of origin and continuity. The most recent version, introduced as part of DC’s “New 52,” presents Black Manta as an assassin who holds a grudge for the death of his father against Aquaman. Aquaman did, in fact, accidentally murder Black Manta’s father while seeking retribution for a murder that Manta committed.
Black Manta works pretty well for a start. We also hope we get a glimpse of Ocean Master at some point in the movie.
James Wan (Director): James Wan is currently on a press tour and he gave some insight into his next project involving the King of the Sea.
“Early on, Zack tried to involve me as much as he could, and I really appreciated that,” Wan said. He was working on The Conjuring 2 at the same time, though, limiting his involvement. He has, however, spent time with Snyder specifically working out how Atlanteans communicate underwater. “If you have water in your lungs, like these characters do, there’s no air bubble. So I don’t know… I just think in my movie, I want to kind of create… I love the idea of underwater speaking but with a real sort of sonic, aquatic quality to it. So there’s this sort of aquatic, almost sonar/whale thing. Even though it’s in a human language, there’s this slight sort of underlay to it, this ping to it, which I think would be interesting for us to design from a sound design perspective,” Wan said.
He’s glad he gets to “see what works and what may not work as well” in Justice League before he has to really buckle down on Aquaman, though, so he’ll be able to change things slightly if needed.
As for Aquaman’s place on the Justice League, Wan looks at him as “kind of the Wolverine [of the team] in some respect.” The director sees him as an outsider who gets pulled into this world and he kind of doesn’t want to belong. He prided freedom above everything else.” He says that shows in two aspects of his life, as both a hero and a monarch. “That kind of plays nicely into who his character is. He’s like a reluctant superhero, right? He’s the reluctant king, basically, or would-be king.”
James Wan on BvS:
“I just try to focus on mine, I try to focus on the positive. I focus on what I think I can create the best character, create the best story and make the best movie. That’s all you can do. I try to listen to what’s going on around me, and I think it’ important but at the end of the day, I have to be the one to make those decisions.”.
“Up until recently, I’ve just been super busy wrapping up all things The Conjuring 2 related, and then promoting Lights Out. Now that that’s out of the way, I can finally focus on everything Aquaman related. It’s been good. It’s been really creatively diving myself – no pun intended – into the world of Aquaman and taking that on board, and seeing the world that Aquaman is now a part of, with Justice League coming up, and taking that and respecting that world that everyone has collectively created. It’s about honoring that world, but also, at the same time, making my own movie, as well. That’s very important for me.”
Basically, he’s just trying to do his own thing…