During an interview with ComicBook.com, Aquaman producer Peter Safran discussed the films that inspired the comedy elements of the upcoming DC movie.
Based on the previews released so far, director James Wan’s Aquaman looks to be a more colorful and humorous entry in the DC Extended Universe compared to the film’s predecessors. However, producer Peter Safran explained that while the film will feature moments of humor, it will be more similar to classics such as Raiders of the Lost Ark as opposed to a straight-up comedy:
“When Warner Brothers and DC gave James [Wan] Aquaman, he was only interested in doing it if it could be a departure from what had become the DC brand of superhero. Which, whether you like it or don’t like it, it just wasn’t how he saw Aquaman being done. And so, it was always much more Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone. And, y’know, both of those movies have such great elements of comedy, real jeopardy, great characters and that’s what he brings to the table here. And that is absolutely what the movie is.”
Safran elaborated on how the dynamic between Arthur and Mera will be a character comedy:
“It’s that great African Queen type rapport that also exists, but, y’know, people from two different worlds having to come together. There’s a lot of great comedy that’s probably closer to what one sees in Wonder Womanthan anything you’ve seen prior in the DC movies.”
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From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
Aquaman will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018.