39-year old Malaysian-born Aussie director James Wan is earning a bigger reputation in Hollywood with every release. The upcoming DC epic Aquaman won't make it to the big screen until 2018 but, according to Collider, the blockbuster has found a source of inspiration. Expect the action sequences to have a similar feel as the iconic Harrison Ford trilogy Indiana Jones.
Following on from the (critical) flop that was Suicide Squad, a lot rests on Wan's shoulders to make something of a comically flawed character into a serious player. The pressure is only higher, as Marvel continues their great run on the other side of the superhero divide.
Justice League will offer the audience a first taste of the ocean dweller come 2017. But the following year will give Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa the chance to go it alone.
Aquaman To Showcase A Quest Out At Sea
With Wan impressing the industry with his work on two acclaimed features Furious 7 and Insidious, he has demonstrated an ability to adapt to an established franchise. Usually creating something from nothing. Visual storytelling is the centerpiece of Wan's talent and, through a variety of audacious set-pieces courtesy of an enormous budget, the sky is the limit in this scenario.
But it is an 80s classic that Wan wants to use as a reference point when formulating the script onto the screen. “I kind of don’t want to give too much away but know this: The spirit that I’m going for is like a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story," said Wan. "It’s ultimately a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone.”
Tone The Key As Wan Looks To Bring The Fun Back To DC World
Anyone that loves and appreciates Indiana Jones knows there is a spirit to the adventure. A warm light-heartedness to the grim reality of battling foes in a near-death environment. Wan's referencing of that vintage piece of cinema with the Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner flick outlines that the quest epic will inject a bit more fun and enjoyment than previous DC installments.
Batman v Superman was derided on many levels. But the biggest sticking point for fans and critics alike was the overtly dark and serious tone of the movie. If Wan's quote is any indication, then Aquaman won't fall into the same trap. Thank the fish gods for that!