James Wan Sees ‘Aquaman’ As An Underwater ‘Star Wars’

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Director James Wan has described Aquaman as being like an underwater Star Wars on the set of the film, according to one of the movie’s supporting actors.

Kiss Radio recently hosted a brief discussion with Aquaman actor Ludi Lin, who noted that his take on the character would be a bit different from the comics, but in a way that would still honor the source material. When asked about how Wan is approaching the movie, Lin responded with the following:

“The thing is, there is so much about Aquaman that I have seen so far in filming… there’s so much to this film. The difference between Aquaman and the other superheroes in the DC Universe, is that it exists almost in a different world. James Wan, our director, is amazing. He’s described his vision as ‘Star Wars underwater’ because it is! All the physics are different, their weapons are different, the characters are very unique. It’s just super cool.”

Thus far, Aquaman hasn’t been plagued with any concerning rumors about its production, which is a well-needed boost for the DC Extended Universe considering that the earlier films in the series have run into trouble with these sorts of things leading to bad PR. If Wan delivers a story with the scope and scale of a Star Wars movie with a compelling narrative for its title character, then what was previously seen as a “joke” franchise due to the character’s infamous Super Friends portrayal has the potential to break out with audiences on a similar scale to other untested DC movie properties like Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman.

Aquaman will make a splash on December 21, 2018. Its cast includes Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Patrick Wilson as Prince Orm Marius (Ocean Master), and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.

Source: Kiss Radio (Via Comic Book Resources)

10 Reasons Behind The ‘Aquaman’ Hype

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If I went back in time five or 10 years and told myself that Black Panther and Aquaman would be my most anticipated superhero movies of 2018, I would have said, “Ahhhh!” because time traveling is freaky. But I would also have been quite surprised about the movies, too. The former I knew only in passing and the latter by the frequent jokes made about him. We here at Heroic Hollywood previously talked about what got us most excited about Black Panther. But we haven’t yet talked about the positive developments behind-the-scenes of Aquaman that have turned the film into an unexpectedly-anticipated blockbuster.

Aquaman is the next DCEU ready for production, gearing up for filming to begin in April in Australia. Of course, the character played by Jason Momoa, a Hawaiian of mixed descent, has already debuted in video and photographs in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad respectively. The king of Atlantis gets his proper introduction in Justice League, coming this November. But its his solo feature, directed by James Wan, that has really grabbed my imagination. The superhero’s story intertwines many great comic book and genre tropes, from the Shakespearan family drama to civilizational clashes to the tragic origin stories. He’s is the first big-screen water superhero. As fascinating as space is, I can’t help but be as fascinated more by the mysterious blue depths.

Here are 10 reasons the growing hype behind Aquaman is real. Click Next to start!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

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