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James Wan thinks it's important that Aquaman be fun

03.28.2016

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There's plenty of reason for the higher-ups over at Warner Bros. to be concerned following the opening weekend of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Oh, sure... the movie brought in a great deal of money from its initial public offering, but the largesse of those box office receipts don't exactly tell the whole picture. The film saw a gradual drop from Friday through Sunday, which isn't good for word of mouth or the legs Warner Bros. needs the film to have in order for them to do more than just break even. The film's CinemaScore clocked in at only a B, which is okay but far from the great reception that was being anticipated, and, with so many eggs being put in the basket of the DC Cinematic Universe that was being built upon the shoulders of BATMAN V SUPERMAN, you can understand why some at the studio will be waking up with cold sweats until they can get everything on even ground.

Fans and critics alike have been hammering home certain problems with BATMAN V SUPERMAN (I'm sure you have your own issues that may have come up in your viewing), and, because of how the world has been set up with DAWN OF JUSTICE, there has to be some consideration being given as to how different things can be tweaked on the fly without restarting anything. Tone, once again, seems to be a big issue that needs addressing, and you would hope course-correction is a part of the plans for both SUICIDE SQUAD and WONDER WOMAN. After all, there is no sense traveling further down the super-serious rabbit hole if that's a sticking point for a lot of viewers.

James Wan appears to have gotten that memo for AQUAMAN, too, as he spoke about the film over the weekend at WonderCon while promoting all the horror he's attached to this summer. In fact, he went way out of his way to talk about how much fun he expects to be having with AQUAMAN, which, in turn, should mean you get to have a lot of fun with AQUAMAN. And in case you haven't picked up on it yet, the key word seems to be fun.

The kind of filmmaker that I am, you know, even my darker horror films generally are still very fun, and I think that’s important. I think Aquaman is a character that is, you know, a lot of people have made fun of over the years, and I just think it’s fun to actually show a really different, cool, badass side to this character, but at the same time, let’s not forget to have fun with it.

While it may not seem like a big deal now, think of how many times you heard the word "fun" used to describe either MAN OF STEEL or BATMAN V SUPERMAN. It's as if the word was banned from being associated with either picture. And I think someone finally noticed and is trying to get the talking points around to everyone that fun is back on the menu.

Does that mean more fun films are on the horizon for the DCU? I don't know that we're going to get anything as comic book-y as what Marvel puts forth regularly (which isn't a good or bad thing, just a Marvel thing), but I would suspect some very intense conversations are being had right now on the Warner Bros. lot about how they fix their long-term approach to DC immediately before it all blows up in their faces... and fun is no longer a taboo subject.

AQUAMAN swims into theaters on July 27, 2018.

Source: IGN

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1:28PM on 03/30/2016

Rocked my weekend

I woke up at 10 to watch at 11 am screening and loved everything.Especially the Bat and wonderwoman and flash have me the bumps.
I woke up at 10 to watch at 11 am screening and loved everything.Especially the Bat and wonderwoman and flash have me the bumps.
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4:30PM on 03/29/2016
Have fun with the movie yes, especially because this is Aquaman, but I don't think tone necessarily has much to do with fun at all. The majority of complaints about BvS were centered on the story not feeling cohesive enough to audiences or the flow feeling off. A film with dark subject matter or a dark tone doesn't automatically equal a lack of fun. Take the Nolan Batman films for example. My fear for the DCU is that the suits will just follow the way Marvel does things, which to me, isn't
Have fun with the movie yes, especially because this is Aquaman, but I don't think tone necessarily has much to do with fun at all. The majority of complaints about BvS were centered on the story not feeling cohesive enough to audiences or the flow feeling off. A film with dark subject matter or a dark tone doesn't automatically equal a lack of fun. Take the Nolan Batman films for example. My fear for the DCU is that the suits will just follow the way Marvel does things, which to me, isn't right for most of their characters.
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3:46PM on 03/29/2016

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the story needs to follow these 3 acts
1. Expedition----an expedition by humans to find the underground city
2. Discovery--they find it---are attacked by creatures, enter aquaman to the rescue,
3. Integration--a reason (perhaps an all out attack on new york off the coast because of something triggered from the expedition) to get aquaman known by the citizens of america.
I hope they dont go too big too fast, and do it like marvel.
the story needs to follow these 3 acts
1. Expedition----an expedition by humans to find the underground city
2. Discovery--they find it---are attacked by creatures, enter aquaman to the rescue,
3. Integration--a reason (perhaps an all out attack on new york off the coast because of something triggered from the expedition) to get aquaman known by the citizens of america.
I hope they dont go too big too fast, and do it like marvel.
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3:21PM on 03/29/2016
Good for Wan for not resorting to the unoriginal "dark and gritty" dialogue. Some of my favorite moments of BvS were the lighter/more fun ones. I'm excited to see his take on Aquaman.
Good for Wan for not resorting to the unoriginal "dark and gritty" dialogue. Some of my favorite moments of BvS were the lighter/more fun ones. I'm excited to see his take on Aquaman.
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1:40PM on 03/29/2016

Outrageous!

I hope Aquaman utters his "Brave & the Bold" cathcphrase!
I hope Aquaman utters his "Brave & the Bold" cathcphrase!
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10:25AM on 03/29/2016
They need to really play heavy on the mysticism, start off with an expedition to discover if Atlantis exists kinda like atlantis:Lost empire, and literally not even show aquaman till half way through the movie. Aquaman eventually has to come to their rescue from other underwater demons, unleashing a plague onto the east cost that aquaman has to save everybody from, something like that...oh yeah and fun, lots of fun .
They need to really play heavy on the mysticism, start off with an expedition to discover if Atlantis exists kinda like atlantis:Lost empire, and literally not even show aquaman till half way through the movie. Aquaman eventually has to come to their rescue from other underwater demons, unleashing a plague onto the east cost that aquaman has to save everybody from, something like that...oh yeah and fun, lots of fun .
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7:59AM on 03/29/2016
The one thing Aquaman really has going for it is environment. The various creatures and types of underwater locations could be really, really interesting and something we have never seen before. He could, like, have fun too I guess.
The one thing Aquaman really has going for it is environment. The various creatures and types of underwater locations could be really, really interesting and something we have never seen before. He could, like, have fun too I guess.
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11:58PM on 03/28/2016

Shady writing

Sounding like straight hater trying to dismiss the success of this record breaking movie saying they are having concerns!! You critics and haters got it wrong period majority of you spewed the most insane complaints that made no damn sense expecting a MArvel format movie when this is DC!!! THe movie was epic and no damn comic movie is ever perfect and without flaws!1 THis was the 2nd movie in this universe let's remember that and it came to play! Lin from the get go has shared these thoughts
Sounding like straight hater trying to dismiss the success of this record breaking movie saying they are having concerns!! You critics and haters got it wrong period majority of you spewed the most insane complaints that made no damn sense expecting a MArvel format movie when this is DC!!! THe movie was epic and no damn comic movie is ever perfect and without flaws!1 THis was the 2nd movie in this universe let's remember that and it came to play! Lin from the get go has shared these thoughts and he isn't making a damn comedy fun means fun but he knows full well to keep Aquaman hardcore you sound like you want Dc to be MArvel!! What a joke! so don't try to make a connection that doesn't exist just so you can bash the movie!! Money is everything especially when it comes to getting more movies this isn't real life!! Fans said a big FU to critics! Dc has a plan they have different directors who will add their own style and fyi Suicide Squad isn't a comedy just saying !! These people prefer we get no Dc movies at all how stupid is that!! In synder and team I trust the hell with ya wannabe Dc fans! Youw ant easy go watch soem disney movie I love both but give it a break already its a hit period no spin needed!
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9:59PM on 03/28/2016
ok, so Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is this really cocky, badass, Atlantean warrior prince with a temper. to teach him a lesson, Atlan the king strips Aquaman of his power and banishes him to the surface world. There he meets Thomas Curry (casting TBD) a Swedish fisherman, his marine biologist family friend Jana (Keira Knightley), and her assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings). though Aquaman is an intimidating beast of a guy, he's literally a fish out of water, and he finds himself in a few hilarious/awkward
ok, so Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is this really cocky, badass, Atlantean warrior prince with a temper. to teach him a lesson, Atlan the king strips Aquaman of his power and banishes him to the surface world. There he meets Thomas Curry (casting TBD) a Swedish fisherman, his marine biologist family friend Jana (Keira Knightley), and her assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings). though Aquaman is an intimidating beast of a guy, he's literally a fish out of water, and he finds himself in a few hilarious/awkward situations. anyways while Aquaman is learning a lesson, turmoil starts in Atlantis when Aquaman's half-brother Orm tries to usurp the throne. now it's up to Aquaman to learn humility from his new human friends, gain his power back, and stop his brother from causing irreversible damage to Atlantis and the surface world.

Post-credits scene: you find out Orm survived the final battle, and he puts on his Ocean Master mask.
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9:44PM on 03/28/2016

Jesus Christ I Would Hope So!

It's fucking Aquaman. You go Man of Steel serious with a a character like that it's going to suck big time.
It's fucking Aquaman. You go Man of Steel serious with a a character like that it's going to suck big time.
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11:15PM on 03/28/2016
It would suck just as hard as BvS even.
It would suck just as hard as BvS even.
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9:31PM on 03/28/2016

Maybe....

Out of all the films, I think Aquaman would be the least "fun" (if you define fun as not being as serious). You have the meanest bad-ass of all the people in this Universe in a film and you want to make it "fun"? If by that you mean like Thor, then you really need to be careful (it's not like Thor has done great business). If you mean like GotG, then NO! If you mean like a fun adventure movie with a serious tone, then you're talking. No camp whatsoever!!! If you put any camp in the film,
Out of all the films, I think Aquaman would be the least "fun" (if you define fun as not being as serious). You have the meanest bad-ass of all the people in this Universe in a film and you want to make it "fun"? If by that you mean like Thor, then you really need to be careful (it's not like Thor has done great business). If you mean like GotG, then NO! If you mean like a fun adventure movie with a serious tone, then you're talking. No camp whatsoever!!! If you put any camp in the film, it will ruin it (unlike with The Flash or Shazam).
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9:38PM on 03/28/2016
he probably means "fun" like Furious 7... or Insidious.
he probably means "fun" like Furious 7... or Insidious.
1:05AM on 03/29/2016
Both Thors have very impressive world wide totals, both totals I doubt Aquaman will never swin close to.
Both Thors have very impressive world wide totals, both totals I doubt Aquaman will never swin close to.
7:01AM on 03/29/2016
@lkodl "or Insidious" ...lol. It's a feel good movie, you know, like The Conjuring
@lkodl "or Insidious" ...lol. It's a feel good movie, you know, like The Conjuring
8:05PM on 03/28/2016

Okay heathens,, about that drop off

Do people realize Sunday was EASTER? Family dinners/brunches etc. Of course it dropped off. The second weekend will be the real telling indicator.

Then we will see if the word of mouth from actually objective fans over rides the Marvel clone wanting critics.
Do people realize Sunday was EASTER? Family dinners/brunches etc. Of course it dropped off. The second weekend will be the real telling indicator.

Then we will see if the word of mouth from actually objective fans over rides the Marvel clone wanting critics.
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7:16PM on 03/28/2016

LOL

The movie pulls in nearly half a billion dollars worldwide over the weekend, yet somehow that isn't enough money. LOL!
The movie pulls in nearly half a billion dollars worldwide over the weekend, yet somehow that isn't enough money. LOL!
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7:03PM on 03/28/2016

God no!

I'm really sick and tired of the word "fun" being thrown around like it has been the past couple of days. Don't get me wrong, BvS had its flaws, but I still found it to be an enjoyable film. The action sequences were great and I LOVED the tone of it all (as there should be innocent lives taken at some point, as what's the point of heroes if not). That's where Snyder excels at. Where he falters is a whole other story.

Snyder wanted to make a philosophical film. He had a great idea in place
I'm really sick and tired of the word "fun" being thrown around like it has been the past couple of days. Don't get me wrong, BvS had its flaws, but I still found it to be an enjoyable film. The action sequences were great and I LOVED the tone of it all (as there should be innocent lives taken at some point, as what's the point of heroes if not). That's where Snyder excels at. Where he falters is a whole other story.

Snyder wanted to make a philosophical film. He had a great idea in place but it fell a bit flat. I just don't think he's a smart enough guy to pull it off. His intentions meant well but they failed(not by much) in that aspect.

But if WB decides to go "fun" with the rest of the DCCU then they'd just be copping out and end up going the route they promised us they'd never go, becoming a carbon copy of Marvel. I fear WB will let their vision get away from them much like they did after Batman Returns, and we all know what happened there.
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11:06PM on 03/28/2016
While I personally think Snyder Delivered, I loved BvS. I do agree that I want WB to stick to their guns and not shift the gone too much. The movie should be exciting and entertaining but I don't want it to feel out of place in the universe they've established.
While I personally think Snyder Delivered, I loved BvS. I do agree that I want WB to stick to their guns and not shift the gone too much. The movie should be exciting and entertaining but I don't want it to feel out of place in the universe they've established.
6:56PM on 03/28/2016
Even though I disliked Fast 7, that should be the tone that Wan should strive for again with Aquaman; big, loud, and fun.
Even though I disliked Fast 7, that should be the tone that Wan should strive for again with Aquaman; big, loud, and fun.
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1:27PM on 03/31/2016
"I thought it was a lot of fun and probably the most entertaining film of the franchise (not sure if it's the best one though). A strong film to have the series end on in my opinion and it's a nice tribute and send off for Walker. The montage (along with the song) was a nice touch.

I hope it destroys the box office. It deserves to."

You wrote this on a "What did you think of... Furious 7" article. Doesn't sound like you disliked it.
"I thought it was a lot of fun and probably the most entertaining film of the franchise (not sure if it's the best one though). A strong film to have the series end on in my opinion and it's a nice tribute and send off for Walker. The montage (along with the song) was a nice touch.

I hope it destroys the box office. It deserves to."

You wrote this on a "What did you think of... Furious 7" article. Doesn't sound like you disliked it.
6:26PM on 03/28/2016

The picture of Aquaman was promising, the short clip in Dawn of Justice not so much...

I was excited to see the Justice League introductions but man did they suck. Miles Dyson building a cyborg that's not the Terminator and Aquaman swimming in a spot where cameras apparently caught him. Another annoying part of the movie was the cuts to the military peeps that repeatedly assured us that the latest battle took place after work hours so building were mostly vacant and the Doomsday fight was also in some kind of abandoned area. After Man of Steel, I felt like Snyder was hammering
I was excited to see the Justice League introductions but man did they suck. Miles Dyson building a cyborg that's not the Terminator and Aquaman swimming in a spot where cameras apparently caught him. Another annoying part of the movie was the cuts to the military peeps that repeatedly assured us that the latest battle took place after work hours so building were mostly vacant and the Doomsday fight was also in some kind of abandoned area. After Man of Steel, I felt like Snyder was hammering the low civilian collateral damage point over and over at us.
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6:01PM on 03/28/2016

I'm optimistic about DCEU

Despite BvS having a number of big issues, I'm glad it's doing well at the box office because I didn't want the other films in DC's pipeline to be put on hold. Aquaman is definitely one of the projects I'm most excited for given how badass they've seemed to make the character.
Despite BvS having a number of big issues, I'm glad it's doing well at the box office because I didn't want the other films in DC's pipeline to be put on hold. Aquaman is definitely one of the projects I'm most excited for given how badass they've seemed to make the character.
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5:46PM on 03/28/2016

Haters are gonna hate

Fans of the movie have been very vocal about it. Its created a national discussion which bodes well for all of us; more discussion, more views of the movie, and a great way to keep the film in the spotlight. I could swear Reddit had another discussion on the merits of Man of Steel like two weeks ago. That movie came out years ago and it is still dividing folks. I blame Marvel lol. They made a very bubblegum world for their heroes; no real consequences and tons of toys to sell. Snyder seems hell
Fans of the movie have been very vocal about it. Its created a national discussion which bodes well for all of us; more discussion, more views of the movie, and a great way to keep the film in the spotlight. I could swear Reddit had another discussion on the merits of Man of Steel like two weeks ago. That movie came out years ago and it is still dividing folks. I blame Marvel lol. They made a very bubblegum world for their heroes; no real consequences and tons of toys to sell. Snyder seems hell bent on creating a modern day Watchmen. I prefer the grittier and more realistic world view in these DC movies. I become more invested the more realistic it feels. I'm always taken out of Marvel movies by how clean everything is. Even Captain America's costume in Avengers was just too perfect, clean, fake. DC seems to gravitate towards reality. To this day, Justice League: War and Flashpoint Paradox are my favorite stories to read and watch; they are very adult oriented. DC is for the adults and Marvel is for the kids. DC is more serious and subversive, and Marvel is more wink' wink' and clean fun. My two cents.
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6:56PM on 03/28/2016
You nailed it on the head, gibsoncr1
You nailed it on the head, gibsoncr1
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