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James Wan says that Aquaman is like the Wolverine of the DCEU

08.10.2016

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The character of Aquaman hasn't always been held in the highest esteem by the general public, but Warner Bros. knew exactly what they were doing when they hired Jason Momoa to portray the Atlantean king. No one's going to be making jokes about Momoa talking to fish, well, except for Ben Affleck. Although we did catch a glimpse of the character in BATMAN V SUPERMAN, we'll finally get a proper introduction in the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE before Arthur Curry takes center stage in James Wan's AQUAMAN. Wan recently spoke with IGN where he praised Snyder's casting of Jason Momoa and compared Aquaman to a certain popular Marvel hero.

I actually think it's a brilliant move on Zack and co. to cast someone like Jason. Immediately, the whole joke aspect of Aquaman goes out the window. You have such a muscular, superhero-y character and one that is almost, to me, in some ways... I look at him, he's kind of the Wolverine in some respect. He's the outsider who gets pulled into this world and he kind of doesn't want to belong and he was doing his own thing. And he prided freedom above everything else. That kind of plays nicely into who his character is. He's like a reluctant superhero, right? He's the reluctant king, basically, or would-be king.

James Wan also discussed how he plans to approach how the Atlanteans will communicate underwater.

If you have water in your lungs, like these characters do, there's no air bubble. So I don't know... I just think in my movie, I want to kind of create... I love the idea of underwater speaking but with a real sort of sonic, aquatic quality to it. So there's this sort of aquatic, almost sonar/whale thing. Even though it's in a human language, there’s this slight sort of underlay to it, this ping to it, which I think would be interesting for us to design from a sound design perspective. Yeah, it will be fun. Also, Zack has some ideas that he'll be doing in Justice League.

Wan has been collaborating with Zack Snyder as much as possible in regards to Aquaman's characterization, but he's thinking of JUSTICE LEAGUE as "an experiment for me to see what works and what may not work." Although his standalone AQUAMAN film lives in the same DC universe as the others, which is something James Wan wants to honor, he's also aware that you've got to do "what's the best for your film." Wan also addressed the recent rumours that Black Manta will be the main villain of AQUAMAN, saying "dude, you know I can't tell you that! Come on! As much as I want to share this with you, I can't do that this early on."

JUSTICE LEAGUE is set for a November 17, 2017 release and will be followed by AQUAMAN on July 27, 2018.

Source: IGN

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2:33PM on 08/11/2016
This just goes to show the mindset and how little the people working on these films actually know.
This just goes to show the mindset and how little the people working on these films actually know.
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12:38PM on 08/11/2016

Concerned about this "underwater communication"

It's probably going to look really dumb. Talking like normal underwater, no air bubbles because their lungs are filled with water??? Why do they need to talk normally? He uses telepathy to suggest things to fish, why not make it something similar without the lips moving?
It's probably going to look really dumb. Talking like normal underwater, no air bubbles because their lungs are filled with water??? Why do they need to talk normally? He uses telepathy to suggest things to fish, why not make it something similar without the lips moving?
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10:27AM on 08/11/2016

Except Wolverine doesn't talk to haddock and carry a pitchfork

Wow...what a reach.
Wow...what a reach.
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8:22AM on 08/11/2016
Maybe they'll have speech bubbles like in VH1 show, Pop-Up Video
Maybe they'll have speech bubbles like in VH1 show, Pop-Up Video
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2:07AM on 08/11/2016
I think the better comparison for Aquaman would be DC's Thor. In the comics they're both the chiseled nordic looking guys of royal blood from mythical lands. Both have super strength that rivaled Superman. His looks may differ now but he's still more than just a Wolverine. I mean Wolverine is basically just a dude with six knives on his hands who can't die.
I think the better comparison for Aquaman would be DC's Thor. In the comics they're both the chiseled nordic looking guys of royal blood from mythical lands. Both have super strength that rivaled Superman. His looks may differ now but he's still more than just a Wolverine. I mean Wolverine is basically just a dude with six knives on his hands who can't die.
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12:16AM on 08/11/2016

Someone's gotta use Green.

Batman = Ironman
Superman = Thor
Aquaman = Wolverine
Wonder Woman = Capt America
Flash = Spiderman
Batman = Ironman
Superman = Thor
Aquaman = Wolverine
Wonder Woman = Capt America
Flash = Spiderman
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12:33AM on 08/11/2016
Yes. We know that that's what the article was saying. Well about Aquaman and Wolverine. All you did was post what they're saying without saying anything about it. Your post was very pointless.
Yes. We know that that's what the article was saying. Well about Aquaman and Wolverine. All you did was post what they're saying without saying anything about it. Your post was very pointless.
7:00AM on 08/11/2016
i think we all knew his comment had no point, but your response was equally if not more pointless to the point where it almost gave his comment a point
i think we all knew his comment had no point, but your response was equally if not more pointless to the point where it almost gave his comment a point
3:10PM on 08/11/2016
ravibmaharaj. I was just pointing out the stupidity of his post. Telling him about it...OK???
ravibmaharaj. I was just pointing out the stupidity of his post. Telling him about it...OK???
11:27PM on 08/10/2016

lol

i love that he's looking at 'Justice League' as an experiment to see what works for 'Aquaman'.
i guess just another example of how DC/WB are approaching this cinematic universe in the complete opposite direction that marvel took.
i love that he's looking at 'Justice League' as an experiment to see what works for 'Aquaman'.
i guess just another example of how DC/WB are approaching this cinematic universe in the complete opposite direction that marvel took.
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10:32PM on 08/10/2016
This only gets a neutral color comment because I am pumped for this movie, but his statements are fucking moronic. Much like I said in Soloist's comment, Wolverine is like the Highlander, there can be only one. I got an idea for Wan, how about you make Aquaman like...Aquaman? Anyone who has read his runs from the time he lost his hand on, he's a fucking badass. Make Aquaman like Injustice Aquaman. Make him iconic by making him himself. Aquaman and WW are the 2 DCU movies I'm most excited for.
This only gets a neutral color comment because I am pumped for this movie, but his statements are fucking moronic. Much like I said in Soloist's comment, Wolverine is like the Highlander, there can be only one. I got an idea for Wan, how about you make Aquaman like...Aquaman? Anyone who has read his runs from the time he lost his hand on, he's a fucking badass. Make Aquaman like Injustice Aquaman. Make him iconic by making him himself. Aquaman and WW are the 2 DCU movies I'm most excited for. Don't fuck it up Wan by trying to make Aquaman something he isn't.
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9:52PM on 08/10/2016

Yeah no.....

Batman is supposed to be the Wolverine of the series. It's always the case where the League tries to rope him in but he's happy being an outsourced arm of the team. Unfortunately, he's the head of HR in this movie and now they're trying to make fucking Aquaman the Wolverine. Good luck with that.
Batman is supposed to be the Wolverine of the series. It's always the case where the League tries to rope him in but he's happy being an outsourced arm of the team. Unfortunately, he's the head of HR in this movie and now they're trying to make fucking Aquaman the Wolverine. Good luck with that.
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9:23PM on 08/10/2016
Yes, but Wolverine was awesome and people loved his character and what he added to his team. Aquaman won't come close to any of that.
Yes, but Wolverine was awesome and people loved his character and what he added to his team. Aquaman won't come close to any of that.
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9:17PM on 08/10/2016
I understand where Wan is coming from and the parallels he's making between both characters, but there IS only one Wolverine in any comic format. No other comic book character even comes close. That's why Wolverine is as iconic and memorable as he is and always has been. But I am excited as hell to see Snyder, and Wan's take on Aquaman and proving he's not the laughing stock most people think he has become.

The only DC character that would even remotely come close would be perhaps Lobo. And
I understand where Wan is coming from and the parallels he's making between both characters, but there IS only one Wolverine in any comic format. No other comic book character even comes close. That's why Wolverine is as iconic and memorable as he is and always has been. But I am excited as hell to see Snyder, and Wan's take on Aquaman and proving he's not the laughing stock most people think he has become.

The only DC character that would even remotely come close would be perhaps Lobo. And even that's a stretch.
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10:30PM on 08/10/2016
Yeah Marvel and DC have copied each other on a lot of characters in terms of characters and personality, but sorry there is only ONE Wolverine. Wolvie is the Highlander and he won there is only one. Lobo you are correct would be the closest but even he is a lot different. Certain characters are icons that no one attempting to copy will succeed. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine don't both to make comparisons. Moon Knight isn't Batman, Ms Marvel isn't Wonder
Yeah Marvel and DC have copied each other on a lot of characters in terms of characters and personality, but sorry there is only ONE Wolverine. Wolvie is the Highlander and he won there is only one. Lobo you are correct would be the closest but even he is a lot different. Certain characters are icons that no one attempting to copy will succeed. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine don't both to make comparisons. Moon Knight isn't Batman, Ms Marvel isn't Wonder Woman, Not even Lobo is Wolverine.
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9:02PM on 08/10/2016

We'll see, I guess..

DC hasn't has the best track record. They need at least one of these movies to be an overwhelming success. Wonder Woman looks really promising, but we'll see.

I've never understood the hate toward Aquaman, really. My main source of content from him is the Superman Animated Series, and he was bad ass in that. I'm really curious to see exactly what they're going to do with speaking underwater. Seems like they have few ideas, but I hope it's just not too over the top.
DC hasn't has the best track record. They need at least one of these movies to be an overwhelming success. Wonder Woman looks really promising, but we'll see.

I've never understood the hate toward Aquaman, really. My main source of content from him is the Superman Animated Series, and he was bad ass in that. I'm really curious to see exactly what they're going to do with speaking underwater. Seems like they have few ideas, but I hope it's just not too over the top.
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