James Wan Discusses Aquaman Tone And How It Compares To His Horror Movies


James Wan’s solo Aquaman movie and indeed the entire DC Extended Universe in general has been thrust into the spotlight in recent days. Mere hours after we learned that Seth Grahame-Smith had exited The Flash citing “creative differences,” reports indicated that Wan could be next in line to follow Grahame-Smith out the exit door.

Alas, much to the relief of fans and all of Atlantis, James Wan remains in the driver’s seat for Warner’s Aquaman movie, and the horror maestro recently touched base on the film’s tone and where it sits among the director’s body of work.

Per Empire:

“Look at the sensibility of my movies, from Furious 7 to the horror films. You can extract the kind of movie I might make of Aquaman.”

Before steering Universal’s Fast and Furious juggernaut directly into the billion dollar club, the filmmaker was a fixture all across the Saw franchise, before crafting two lucrative horror franchises of his own in Insidious and The Conjuring. When quizzed about such a track record in the past, Wan noted that while he’s striving to present a “different, cool [and] badass” side of the character, the director is ensuring the end product is still entertaining.

“The kind of filmmaker that I am, even my darker horror films are still very fun. And I think that’s important for me and the kinds of films I make. The film I’m here to present, Lights Out, is a fun horror film. And I think Aquaman is a character who has…You know, been made fun of a lot over the years, and I think it’s kind of fun to show a really different, cool, badass side to this character – but at the same time, let’s not forget to have fun with it.”

Aquaman will place Jason Momoa’s King front and center when Wan’s solo movie makes shore on July 27, 2018