– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Aquaman made his big screen debut in the recently-released Justice League film, and audiences really seem to have taken to the character. While the film wasn’t received incredibly well, actor Jason Momoa brought a great deal to the portrayal of the aquatic superhero.

However, if you thought that next year’s Aquaman film would feel a lot like Justice League, you’d be mistaken. Speaking with EW, Aquaman director James Wan was quick to clear that up.

“It’s going to look very different, it will feel very different — aesthetically, tonally, story-wise — it’s my own take. It’s a much more a traditional action-adventure quest movie.”

This is a lot of fun to hear. So far in the DC Extended Universe, we haven’t seen much of a traditional action-adventure quest movie. Heck, in most movies nowadays, that genre isn’t incredibly common. With Momoa at the lead, it’ll be cool to see what they’re able to do with him.

Momoa agreed with Wan, going deeper into how different this film is from its predecessor.

Justice League was only a weekend in Arthur Curry’s life. This is a totally different beast. In Aquaman, you see when his parents met and what happened to hem. Then the little boy being raised and finding his powers and going through that and never being accepted on either side. And then becoming this man who puts up all these walls. You just slowly see this man harden up and be completely reluctant wanting to be king and not knowing what to do with these powers he has. I think James Wan just killed it.”

EW also had a first look at the character in the film. As expected, he looks an awful lot like he did in Justice League, but in the first photo, we see him on board what looks to be a ship — either that or some oil rig of sorts.

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  • Victor Roa

    and the first thing they did was get rid of the contact lens. “MY MAN!”

    • randomironicname

      Awwrrright! I dig it!

  • Kronx

    “You just slowly see this man harden up.” … Well, that IS a different type of film.

  • Nattown

    DC is the guy who approaches a chick, gets turned down and then books a table for their date.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      This comment made my day.

  • M@rvel

    Actually digging that description by Momoa for the movie. I like the idea that we’ll meet his parents, grow up with him. I think Aquaman is a character that really needs/can benefit from showing the whole origin. Kinda funny how all the DC movies show each hero as a child, and Marvel spends no time at all showing their heroes as children lol. Not saying that’s good or bad. Just an interesting observation. I think the most we saw from Marvel was a quick scene of Thor and Loki as kids in the first Thor film. I can’t think of any other Marvel hero we’ve seen as a kid.

    • Jason Tyler

      most of the marvel characters dont have anything happen to them as kids, save Peter Parker and most mutants/X-men.

      All the major avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Cap (covered) etc – they didn’t get their powers/turn into a hero until well in adulthood. No reason to show them as kids.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        Well they did show Peter Quill as a child.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    This is going to be like Hercules Under the Sea.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.