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Published On: Mon, Apr 4th, 2016

Director James Wan previews ‘Aquaman’ sea monsters and ‘cool creatures’

Director James Wan presented a panel on this summer’s horror sequel The Conjuring 2 at Wondercon but addressed the upcoming Aquaman adaptation with the press.

New 52 DC Comics art Aquaman photo“I think, like most people, we are familiar with Aquaman,” Wan said. “We grew up reading or watching this character on the peripheral. I was never so in depth with Aquaman as, let’s say, I was with X-Men. I grew up loving X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman. Those are obviously the key big ones, but there’s always something kind of cool about Aquaman still, the idea of creating a huge world that is on our planet. That’s the thing about Aquaman that’s cool is he’s not an alien, right?”

“He’s from our planet and he’s from a society that we’re not privy to in the context of the story. Isn’t it crazy to think that we’ve explored space more than we have explored the depths of our ocean? That just fires up my imagination about potential sea monsters and cool creatures, that kind of stuff.”

Fans got their first glimpse of Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman in a Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice clip. Amber Heard will be starring alongside Momoa as his wife, Mera.

Slash Film went on to summarize many of his remarks:

Wan likes to describe his big studio movies, like Furious 7 and Aquaman, as playing in someone else’s sandbox, but he can still create his own castle.

Wan considers Aquaman the underdog superhero, that people pick on him and make fun of him, but this has the chance to break people’s expectations.

Wan likes that Aquaman is a fresh character who’s never been done in a movie before, as opposed to, say, Batman, Superman or Spider-Man.

Aquaman gives Wan a chance to create a new world.

Regarding the technical challenge, Wan expects Aquaman to be “a mother****er” to shoot, but he will apply the same mentality he uses on low budget films. First and foremost, you have to create cool characters.

The Conjuring 2 opens June 10, 2016 and Aquaman arrives July 27, 2018. UPDATE: Aquaman arrives in theaters on October 5, 2018.

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