So, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom are set to be DC Universe movies; those that will go down as some of the most controversial. In a recent chat, James Wan, the director of Aquaman, let us in on how he’s handling all the negativity surrounding the sequel.
It seems like bad luck has been swirling around Aquaman 2. From the DCU reboot to Amber Heard’s messy reputation, the sequel seems almost doomed to fail. But hey, the film’s director James Wan seems unfazed. He’s got a different perspective… he tries to ignore the negativity around the project, because in his words: the only thing people will remember in 20 years will be the film itself.
“I’ve been on this movie for four years now, and I’m so happy for it to come out,” Wan told Empire Magazine. “In many ways, I think it’s even more fun than the first one. But it’s been a long, exhausting process. It is definitely the noisiest movie I’ve ever worked on.”
“That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned from this experience. To filter out the negativity and focus on the film. Because that’s what will live on — in 20 years, no one will remember the noise. Only the movie.”
In an age where everyone feels the need to have a “take”, it’s refreshing to hear director James Wan is taking a step away from the noise. Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom certainly still has a lot to prove in the eyes of fans, but it’s starting to seem the sequel may be the perfect capstone project prior to the DCU’s reboot.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran have told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room, and a unified storyline across film, television, animation, and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Blue Beetle have all been released following the announcement of the new DC Universe, with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom still slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
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