Despite the prevalence of comic book material in mainstream cinema, some characters still have not gotten their due. One almost has to feel sorry for Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman. For years, the world has derided his relevance as a superhero, relegated to little more than a punchline for jokes in shows such as “Family Guy.”

 

 

Now, with the DC cinematic universe finally beginning to take off and other members of the Justice League getting their own movies, Warner Bros. has taken the next step towards redeeming the king of Atlantis by hiring James Wan (“The Conjuring”, “Furious 7”) to helm 2017’s “Aquaman” starring Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”).

 

Photo of Jason Momoa side by side an image of Aquaman to advertise the new casting.

“Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa was hired to be the new Aquaman for 2017. (wegotthiscovered.com)

From a business standpoint, this decision makes quite a bit of sense. Wan has proven himself a box office commodity time and time again, especially with “Furious 7” recently becoming the fastest film to gross $1 billion worldwide. To pair him with one of DC’s riskier properties seems like a smart decision. This will not be the first time a live-action “Aquaman” has been attempted; he appeared in “Smallville,” portrayed by Alan Ritchson, and a spin-off pilot was attempted in 2007 but never really went anywhere. Now, with the hero making his way to the big screen, Warner Bros. needs to make sure they have a seasoned veteran behind the camera, and Wan seems like that veteran.

 

The project still does present some challenges, however. For one thing, Wan has never really directed a movie like “Aquaman.” He has done action with the aforementioned “Furious 7,” and many of his horror films have featured fantasy elements necessary for the water-based superhero. Now, it’s a matter of blending those two skill sets to ensure that fans get the faithful treatment they want, while still keeping the action grounded within the world the Warner Bros. and DC have attempted to develop. This is a hero who can communicate with sealife and wields a trident; audiences have never seen anything like it and need to be floored for it to work.

 

Warner Bros. has their work cut out for them; despite a prominent role in the comics, many mainstream audiences do not know much about Aquaman. If Wan can manage to balance the fantasy elements of the character with the grittiness of the world, the project may swim. But if he cannot, “Aquaman” may sink like a stone.

 

Are you excited for “Aquaman” to be directed by James Wan? What other directors should helm future DC films? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us what you think!