While Warner Bros. looks to the future of the DC Extended Universe with upcoming films including as Wonder Woman and Justice League, the discussion among fans is still dominated by the tone of the forthcoming projects, especially considering the criticism Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad endured for their dark and gloomy aesthetic. Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall, who also penned an early draft of Justice League, spoke to Collider about both projects and insisted both films will mark a tonal shift for the DCEU.
Beall teased the tone and scope of Aquaman while praising director James Wan’s approach to the film.
It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be really fun. What we’ve come up with and James [Wan] especially — he has a really clear idea of the tone he’s going to have, and I think Aquaman is one that’s going to blow people’s minds, not just visually, but I think the story and the scope of it is really great.
Beall also discussed the technological advancements that have made production on the film possible.
What’s interesting is that you couldn’t have done it before. You know, you could do Batman in 1988, but now you have the technology, and it’s going to be cool.
Though Beall’s script for Justice League was scrapped, he still promised it will be a more lighthearted entry in the DCEU.
“I think Justice League again is, what you’re going to see — I hope I’m not going to get in trouble for saying this — but it’s much more fun, much poppier, than … I haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, but Batman vs Superman was a little more somber. But Justice League is a lot more fun. And I think that feels to me like the direction those movies are heading now.
Though recent photos and reports on the films plot still suggest an aesthetically and narrative dark feature, Beall is just the latest member of the DCEU’s behind-the-scenes team to promise a brighter tone for future DC Comics based films.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard and William Dafoe.
Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017. Meanwhile, Aquaman is scheduled to be released in theaters on October 5, 2018.