Aquaman is being far against type in the casting of Jason Momoa and his appearance in the Justice League trailer, and according to the director of the character's upcoming solo film he has a very familiar role in the team: "The Wolverine."
"Yeah, 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," Wan told IGN. "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."
Wan went on to say that Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder has looped him in considerably in the production of Justice League in preparation for the 2018 Aquaman movie - despite him being in the midst of filming Conjuring 2, also for the studio.
"Yeah, as much as I possibly could; as much as I could get in there. The train on Justice League has kind of set off already! That's basically Zack's vision for that world, but you know, early on, Zack [Snyder] tried to involve me as much as he could and I really appreciated that. It's just that it was very hard for me to solely focus on it, because I was still in the midst of finishing up and shooting Conjuring 2 for Warner Bros. - the same studio!" said Wan. "So it's this very interesting world, you know? As much as they wanted me to be involved with Aquaman early on, I was busy making a movie for them. [Laughs] But now that everything is finishing up, I'm definitely getting in there much, much more. And I'm definitely really excited about running with my standalone movie."
When asked about recent reports that Black Manta would be an antagonist in the Aquaman movie, Wan was careful not spoil any plans.
"Dude, you know I can't tell you that!," Wan laughed. "Come on! As much as I want to share this with you, I can't do that this early on."
Aquaman is scheduled to open in theaters July 27, 2018.