James Wan recently spoke with IGN about his newest project MacGyver and during the interview he spoke a bit about his plans for the Aquaman film, that’s set to release in theaters on July 27th, 2018.
DISCUSSING HOW MUCH COMMUNICATION HE HAD WITH ZACK SNYDER ABOUT THE CHARACTER’S PLACE IN HIS FILM
Yeah, as much as I possibly could; as much as I could get in there. The train on Justice League has kind of set off already! That’s basically Zack’s vision for that world, but you know, early on, Zack [Snyder] tried to involve me as much as he could and I really appreciated that. It’s just that it was very hard for me to solely focus on it, because I was still in the midst of finishing up and shooting Conjuring 2 for Warner Bros. – the same studio! So it’s this very interesting world, you know? As much as they wanted me to be involved with Aquaman early on, I was busy making a movie for them. [Laughs] But now that everything is finishing up, I’m definitely getting in there much, much more. And I’m definitely really excited about running with my standalone movie.
ABOUT IDEAS HE MAY USE FOR UNDERWATER COMMUNICATION AND HINTING AT WHAT ZACK SNYDER MAY DO IN JUSTICE LEAGUE
Yeah, speech bubbles, right?! Maybe it’ll be speech bubbles. [Laughs] I never thought about that… Words come out of the bubbles. It’s brilliant! That’s a cool visual.
It would be very literal, yeah! No, here’s the thing I always say, 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. Yeah, it will be fun. Also, Zack has some ideas that he’ll be doing in Justice League.
Listen, I’ll be honest, in some ways, JL will be an experiment for me to see what works and what may not work as well. And then kind of go, okay… Here’s the great thing, with all these superhero movies, you watch from one movie to another, and they always sort of slightly change things along the way. You kind of have to do that to make what’s best for your film.
ABOUT HOW HE WILL APPROACH THE FILM THAT IS IN ANOTHER UNIVERSE OF FILMS
You have to. You have to. You have to make the best movie you can. You have to make the best movie out of yours. You want to stay true and you want to be respectful and honor the world that we all collectively live together – the cinematic universe. So you want to honor that, but at the same time, you’ve got to make the best movie you can for your own movie.
ABOUT WHAT VERSION OF THE CHARACTER HE PLANS TO GO WITH
Listen, I’ll be honest, I really love what Geoff Johns did with it. I really think he took this character that had become the joke of the superhero world and made him frickin’ cool again. And I really admire it and that is my leaping off point.
Read the full interview on IGN.com.