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Director James Wan On Making Sure Aquaman Was Made As A Standalone Movie

Arthur Curry aka Aquaman appeared in a team-up movie before he had his own solo adventure. For this reason, perhaps fans expected that some of the other heroes he fought alongside in Justice League may thus show up in Aquaman.

However, as far as we are aware, there are no cameos or even much of a mention of any other Justice League members in this soon to be released movie. Aquaman is a movie about Arthur Currie and the people of Atlantis and director James Wan certainly felt that it was important to make this movie about that vision. A singular standalone movie experience that, whilst connected to the DCEU as a whole, really could be viewed independently from that by the audience.

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Speaking with Den of Geek, the director of several movies from different genres talked about his approach for Aquaman, and how he wanted it to be Arthur’s time to shine.

“It’s a very self-contained film, that’s the thing. It’s not necessarily part of a ‘cinematic universe’. We’ve seen him in other films, but I really wanted to tell a standalone story. People ask me why. And I’m like: ‘Listen, you guys have so many movies to do with Superman and Batman and all that already. Let’s give this guy his time in the limelight. This is his opportunity. He’s never had the chance before. Let’s just let it be his film, and get that right. And maybe then we can have fun mixing him up with the other characters. It’s ultimately about the journey that he goes on. I didn’t want to jam the other characters in just for the sake of jamming characters in there.”

I have not seen the movie yet of course and I’ve heard mixed reports about it thus far, at the same time I can’t really argue with what James Wan is saying here. For me, the DCEU tried to get big stars together too quickly, and for a start that costs a hell of a lot more than a standalone single character focused movie.

I’ve always said that WB got their whole approach wrong and for me, tried to get to ‘Avengers‘ before they had built the characters up. Can you imagine, if we had been given this sequence of movies before Justice League? Man of Steel, Batman reboot (showing his fall from grace), Wonder Woman, BvS, Aquaman, Flash and only after that, we then get to Justice League. I am just speculating here, but does anyone think WB would have made less money by using this approach? I certainly don’t.

Aquaman will be judged on its own merits by fans and general audience members. I can’t say how things will go, but if the movie finds an audience then perhaps the DCEU can slow down a little and build up to a proper Justice League movie at a later date. Though who knows how things will shake out with Superman and Batman?

What do you think of Wan’s comments and do you agree with his view on making Aquaman feel self -contained? Sound off in your usual haunt below as always.

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SOURCE: Den of Geek

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