Of all the crazy twists and turns taken by the evolving DCEU, perhaps the most intriguing aspect has been (wait for it) Aquaman. Right? We long ago learned that Jason Momoa’s interpretation of Arthur Curry would lean heavily into his Pacific Islander heritage, which is an unexpected, dynamic, and eclectic choice. The genius of Momoa’s depiction not only acknowledges the culture and mythology of the Polynesian people, but also injects much-needed diversity into the genre (let’s be honest, the vast majority of today’s big-screen superheroes are white males).
So far, however, we’ve only gotten glimpses of Momoa’s Aquaman in-costume and on-set. Many open questions remain regarding how director James Wan will interpret the character, depict the underwater settings, and connect everything within the broader DCEU. CinemaBlend caught-up with executive producer Charles Roven to learn a little more about Aquaman‘s relationship with the Justice League:
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“Aquaman will make reference [to Justice League]. There will be some reference of something that preceded Aquaman that will be in Aquaman. I believe that is the intention.”
Roven reveals that Aquaman will take place after Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League movie. He also explains that the storyline will be tied to events in Snyder’s film:
“James [Wan] definitely knows where he’s going with [Aquaman], and that movie takes place in a world where Justice League happened, and Man of Steel happened, and Wonder Woman obviously takes place before Man of Steel — except for the bookends we have. So that’s where we have the most ability to freeform. We could do a movie that takes place after Justice League, we can do a movie that takes place after Batman v Superman…well not really. You can’t do a movie in between Batman v Superman and Justice League, but we can do movies that take place after Justice League and we can do movies that precede Justice League.”
At least for the moment, we know that Aquaman is set in the modern world after the events of Justice League, with a storyline that expands upon the events of this November’s blockbuster team-up. We’re still left with a boatload of questions about the film, but now that production is underway hopefully more hints and quotes will drop. From what we’ve seen thus far, Aquaman appears to be vastly different from any other big-screen superhero film with a welcome nod towards Pacific Islander culture.
What are your expectations for James Wan and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman? Let us know in the comments down below!
Aquaman hits theaters on December 21, 2018 (TBD).
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