As much as I wanted to believe that things were shaping up over at DC in regards to their film universe, even I have to admit that’s not the case. You’re talking about someone who loved Batman v Superman and enjoyed Justice League here, and yet, in spite of that, there is no doubt that fan faith seems to be at an all-time low for the franchise — and all the recent news regarding Geoff Johns and the 85 Joker and Harley Quinn films don’t seem to paint the picture of a studio that knows what it’s doing.
It seems like an odd thing that the future of this franchise may very well hinge on an unsuspecting character: Aquaman. A few years ago, it was easy to laugh at the character. As recently as a couple years back, when the character was brought up, chances are mainstream audiences’ minds went straight to the Family Guy joke about him. He didn’t seem like someone we can take seriously.
Even if you didn’t care for Jason Momoa’s take on the Atlantean in Justice League, there is no denying the potential there in the upcoming James Wan-directed film…but is it enough? Speaking with EW, Aquaman producer Toby Emmerich praised the film, saying:
“[Aquaman has] got the great action you expect, it’s got a lot of great humor, it works on so many levels … it’s a testament to James’ unique vision. I think it’s an extraordinary step in [the] DC Universe that sets it on the right path.”
Of course, since this is someone who is intimately involved with the movie, we can’t necessarily take his word for it completely, but it’s not hard to believe. Up until this point, the studio has done a decent job with their standalone efforts. Man of Steel and Wonder Woman were, on the whole, stronger efforts than the team-up ones, and given the talent James Wan is, I can see this being another positive outing for the studio.
But again…will it be enough? Luckily, DC is going personal with its follow-up film, Shazam!, so audiences will have a one-two punch of more intimate stories, so if one isn’t enough, maybe two will be? Do you think there is any coming back for DC without them having to reboot things? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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