Given the ability to talk to fish, I would immediately try to lure some tuna into a delightful seafood platter, or ask whether mermaids are really a thing. Luckily, DC's Aquaman uses his gifts far more responsibly than that, safeguarding the Kingdom of Atlantis and the Seven Seas.
Despite these noble intentions though, Aquaman has basically become a joke over the years, and failed to command the same respect as fellow DC icons such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Fortunately, that's all set to change in 2018 when #JamesWan finally brings the King of Atlantis to the big screen, complete with the humongous thirst trap that is Jason Momoa.
While little is currently known about the specifics of the project, Screenwriter Tim Beale shed some light on the scope of Aquaman, explaining to Collider that;
“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.”
A few years ago, no one would have predicted that Aquaman could end up becoming the best DCEU movie yet — but then again, who would have thought that Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice would drown in a cesspit of terrible reviews? Admittedly, the bar has been set rather low, but there's a strong chance that the Atlantean monarch could end up starring in the best DCEU film of all, reigning over the rest of the #JusticeLeague. Here's why.
James Wan-ts To Leave His Mark On Aquaman
After working for years within the realm of small-budget horror, James Wan broke through with The Conjuring franchise, followed closely by the record-breaking Furious 7. While Aquaman may seem like a strange move now based on Wan's previous work, the talented director has a passion for Arthur Curry that few can match, especially if his words at last year's Comic Con are anything to go by:
"Fucking Aquaman! What can I say? Aquaman's such an amazing character. I love the fact that he's never really been portrayed in the feature movie world before...and the opportunity to explore this universe, you know, bring a bit of my horror element into this. The deep sea is a scary world. And then also explore the wondrous world of Atlantis. That's all I have to say."
It's important that Aquaman fits comfortably within the tone of the DCEU without directly imitating Zack Snyder's style. Fortunately, with his grasp on the character, seems like the perfect fit for this project. Wan combines natural horror sensibilities with a sense of fun that's been lacking from the DC movies up until now, laying positive groundwork for the first outing of DC's most underrated hero.
The Ocean Contains Hidden Depths
By the time Aquaman is released, the DCEU will have explored everything from the streets of Metropolis to the remote island of Themyscira — but two thirds of the Earth will remain uncharted, which is something that the Ruler of the Seven Seas will be looking to rectify in his first solo venture.
There's a chance that Arthur Curry's origins on land could form a large part of the narrative — although we'd like to think that studios would have figured out a way to avoid pointless flashbacks by then. Ultimately, the ocean should play an integral role, exposing audiences to a whole new realm of possibilities for the superhero genre.
From the mysterious city of Atlantis to the most terrifying depths of the sea, James Wan has been given the keys to an entire kingdom that will provide us with some of the most epic and unique visuals ever seen in a superhero film, breaking bold new territory for the genre.
Aquaman Is The Most Relatable DCEU Hero Of All
You'd think that it would be hard for audiences to find common ground with the royal leader of a mythical city who talks to fish, but in reality, Aquaman is by far the most relatable hero from the pantheon of DC's heroes.
If the film follows at least some of the source material, then it's extremely likely that Aquaman himself will be torn between Atlantis and the human world. Struggles with issues of identity and acceptance are intrinsic to Arthur Curry's character and should resonate with a number of audience members who may feel 'different' or 'separate' from others in society.
#JasonMomoa himself supports this approach to Aquaman's character, explaining that:
“He’s the only one who is both a human and he’s a god. I want to seem him struggle with the fact that he has these powers and doesn’t know how to handle them. He hasn’t been trained.”
While this was arguably true of Superman as well, the Last Son Of Krypton has been portrayed as more of a God-like figure in the DCEU, making it harder for viewers to identify with him in this semi-realistic context.
Furthermore, the Atlanteans regularly clash with the surface world in response to the damage that humans cause to the environment, which threatens the safety of the oceans that they call home. Ecological concerns are rarely — if ever — explored in the superhero genre, but this hot-button topic is something that affects us all more than ever in an age of increasing natural disasters and environmental awareness.
Jason Momoa Is Literally Aquaman
Here's how the general public usually perceive Aquaman:
Here's what Aquaman is really like:
Previous roles as Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian have all led towards this career-defining moment for Jason Momoa, concentrating every ounce of his bad-assery into the battle-hardened warrior who once stabbed Darkseid in the eye with his trident. After all, who else but Momoa could convince audiences that Arthur Curry can knock out Superman with a single punch?
While Momoa's physicality is clearly perfect for the role, the brief glimpses that we've seen of his performance suggest that he's also nailed the cocky, self-assured swagger befitting of an Atlantean king. Honestly, would you ever make fun of this guy to his face?
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Watch Aquaman take on Wonder Woman in the clip below:
With an impressive cast and some serious talent behind the camera, it looks like Aquaman will succeed where Batman and Superman failed, saving the DCEU from the problems that have plagued our heroes since someone at Warner Bros. first handed Zack Snyder the keys to the kingdom. How could a film that features two hours of shirtless Momoa possibly fail? The answer is simply no, it cannot.