When you take the bare basics, Aquaman is a guy who swims and talks to the fishes. Between his recent appearances and, more recently, James Wan’s film, perception has shifted. The King of the Seven Seas has joined the billion dollar club, and as such, the possibilities on where to take the franchise are endless as the sea itself.
It’s not that the sky is the limit, but the sea instead. Now that Warner Bros is actively pursuing a spin-off based on The Trench, it’s as if Aquaman’s corner of the DC Extended Universe is being carved out into its own little world. A universe within a universe, if you will. Like comic books, you can tell stories based around this one character that don’t necessarily impact the rest of the world — in this case, the rest of the DCEU. With James Wan’s work in horror and the building out of the Annabelle/Conjuring universe, this should be no surprise.
James Wan no doubt knows this. The Aquaman director is very active on social media, and when the Hollywood Reporter did a story on the potential of an Aquaman cinematic universe, this did not go unnoticed by James Wan. Last night, the director took to his Twitter and retweeted the article, thanking the site for their words and reiterating that his work does not affect other projects from being made. To Wan, Aquaman was always about building a bigger world within itself, as there are many adventures within the Seven Seas.
But then Wan made sure to say that he’s not saying this is actually happening. In other words, he can neither confirm nor deny this. Nonetheless, have a look at what James Wan had to say in the tweet below.
Given James Wan’s ability to carve out a world, as seen through his horror background, it’s indeed possible for Aquaman’s corner of the DCEU to be expanded without impacting the other areas. Again, like reading a comic book, taking a look at this week’s Aquaman comic doesn’t necessarily mean that what’s happening in Gotham City will be impacted. Still, though, it appears that Warner Bros wants to strike while the iron is hot, especially after Wan delivered a billion dollar film.
What do you think about the possibility of James Wan helping shape Aquaman’s corner of the DC Extended Universe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Aquaman is still playing in a few theaters now, but the film will be available on Digital HD on March 5, followed by 4K and Blu-Ray on March 26.
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.