Aquaman director James Wan spoke recently with Comic Book Resources News to promote The Conjuring 2 and while discussing his current film, he spoke a bit more on the challenge of coming up with an idea for Aquaman, what he thinks of Geoff Johns and whether he will be shooting underwater or using effects.
ON BRINGING THE CHARACTER TO LIFE
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.
ON GEOFF JOHNS AND HIS VERSION OF THE CHARACTER
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.
ON HOW HE WILL BE FILMING THE AQUAMAN FILM
I will answer that with this little anecdote from “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, “Fuck, 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?
ON THE TONE FOR THE FILM
I already know the tone for the film that I want to make. I’ll just put it at that.
Well it certainly seems like he’ll be shooting Aquaman as authentic as possible if he is planning to shoot an entire film with water involved, a feat that I can’t remember anyone ever has attempted.
It also seems more and more like we will see The New 52 version of Aquaman as opposed to any other version since James Wan has said numerously that version is what got him on board with the character in the first place.
Full interview at Comicbookresources.com.