DC FanDome: 'Aquaman 2' will be 'serious' and 'relevant' says director James Wan

Sam Ashurst
·Contributor
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James Wan on the set of the first Aquaman movie
James Wan on the set of the first Aquaman movie

Anyone expecting (waterproof) fireworks from DC FanDome’s Aquaman event would have been a bit disappointed, with no major image reveals, trailers, or cast updates. But we did get some intriguing information from director James Wan about the new film’s tone.

Wan was in conversation with Orm himself, Patrick Wilson, and revealed the sequel will go in a surprising new direction.

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“The second one is a little bit more serious, and a little bit more relevant to the world we’re in today,” James Wan said. “That’s where it wants to go.”

That’s pretty intriguing, especially as so much of the praise for the first film came from its fun tone, and bright feel. Is the world ready for a gritty Aquaman?

Asked what he wants from the sequel, Wilson told Wan he’d like to see the underwater world expand even more.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 03: Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard and James Wan discuss "Aquaman" with the Build Series at Build Studio on December 03, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 03: Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard and James Wan discuss "Aquaman" with the Build Series at Build Studio on December 03, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

“I’m excited for some new worlds, hopefully. I’m just throwing that out there, because I know you love world-building. I’d like to see some of that, where else we can go, because I know you’re going to push that ocean. There’s a lot of unexplored ocean out there, we only know 5% of the ocean.”

“That’s true!” Wan replied. “I can definitely guarantee you new worlds in this next one. And I think you’re going to be very excited, as an actor, with what you’re going to play with Orm.”

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“Am I handcuffed the entire time?” Wilson joked. “It’s made of seaweed, right? I can just eat my way through it?”

So, a bit of an empty net when it comes to Aquaman scoops this time out, but hopefully next year’s DC FanDome event (which will be closer to Aquaman 2’s 2022 release date) will contain a few more juicy morsels, fresh from the sea.

And, hey, these panels can’t all include The Suicide Squad character reveals, or new Wonder Woman 1984 trailers, or international #SnyderCut distributions scoops, we guess…

Stay tuned to Yahoo Movies UK for all the latest DC updates, and there’s still some cool stuff to come on DC FanDome - including THE BATMAN.