Although two years separate fans from DC releasing the feature film for Aquaman, hype has already begun to build around the project. The film is expected to be the freshest catch in superhero dramas in a long time, especially given the underwater location of Atlantis. Speaking to Cinema Blend, Director James Wan explained how this uniqueness attracted him to the project:
That’s what I’ll speak to – the uniqueness of the Aquaman world. There are so many superhero movies now; I don’t want to make a superhero movie now for the sake of doing it, but there’s something unique to the world of Aquaman. There’s a reason why they’ve never made a movie about this until now, because technology has never allowed us to tackle something this complicated. And so because of that it feels like something different, and that uniqueness is what I’m excited about.
Wan also stated, "one thing I love about the Aquaman world is all the really different, really interesting characters. They are interesting characters, including the villains." He then laughed while teasing fans that "I’m not going to tell you which villains I’m going to play with! But they’re super cool. They’re larger than life, but they’re unique."
Who could these "larger than life" villains be? Make sure you let us know who you think should face Aquaman in the comments. The following are three villains I think would be great to see in the Aquaman film.
James Wan did say that technology was a reason Aquaman had not been created yet. Perhaps because of an all CGI villain like King Shark? DC fans have already seen how awesome King Shark can look in The CW's The Flash. Particularly if the writer's are pulling inspiration from the New 52 comics, where King Shark becomes a member of the Suicide Squad. Everyone knows the DCEU is playing catch up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Aquaman is the perfect opportunity to introduce King Shark prior to a Suicide Squad sequel.
Black Manta is Aquaman's archenemy, so it only stands to reason he is a potential candidate. We also know that The Rock has been cast to play Black Adam in the Shazam movie in 2019. This could lead to the Forever Evil storyline in future Justice League sequels where Black Manta, Black Adam, Lex Luthor, and others join forces. Forever Evil is written by Geoff Johns, who is running the DCEU and working closely with James Wan on film development.
The Aquaman we got a glimpse of in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will see in Justice League, has both of his hands. Fans of the comics or the Justice League Unlimited cartoon know that Aquaman often has a hook hand. It is during a battle with Charybdis that he loses his hand. Perhaps this will take place during the events of the hero's standalone film.
Until Aquaman comes out in the summer of 2018, we will have make due with Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and The Flash. Or if you are more of a James Wan fan, The Conjuring 2 hits theaters June 10, 2016.