James Wan’s Aquaman washed ashore a boatload of money for DC’s Extended Universe, so a sequel was inevitable. Walter Hamada and Warner Bros want the billion-dollar director back.
Aquaman went from geek to sheek in terms of perception when compared to his Justice League counterparts. James Wan lead a team that made Arthur Curry cool and likely the number one grossing DC film of all time.
So, it only makes sense that Warner Bros. wants him back. According to Deadline, Wan is seeking seaworthy script for the Aquaman sequel.
"“The plan in discussion is for [James] Wan to oversee the development of a second film, including the selection of writers, and then make a decision on whether to direct it, when he sees the script.”"
It appears that James Wan has the billion dollar eye. He’s the first director to rake in at least $1 billion two different studios. Furious 7 was his first for Universal with Aquaman being his second. The two movies proved how versatile Wan was.
Wan went from horror movie extraordinaire with movies like Saw and the Conjuring action prodigy with Furious 7. What he did with Aquaman turned a joke hero into a badass. Aquaman was a visual spectacle, a unique underwater epic fantasy thrill ride.
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While not the critically acclaimed film some hoped for, Aquaman changed the narrative of a “dying” DCEU. It didn’t happen overnight, in fact, principal photography alone too Wan 172 days to complete. The work he put in naturally took its tool, and fulfilled his wish list, as reported by ComicBook.com but, he isn’t sure what he wants to do.
"“I wanted to do a world creation film, and I wanted to do a superhero movie, and Aquaman literally ticked all of those boxes for me. And so right now, I’m in that sort of place of like do I kind of go back and do a smaller movie maybe as my next one, something a bit more intimate.”"
An Aquaman sequel is hardly intimate but is inevitable. Like Zack Snyder before him, Wan left a lot of meat on the bone for the next person up. The underlining story between Aquaman and Black Manta sets up perfectly for a sequel, and more.
None of this happens without Wan’s vision. Which makes sense for Walter Hamada and Warner Bros. looking to bring Wan back. They were able to convince Patty Jenkins to return for Wonder Woman 84, maybe they’ll work their magic again.
Still, if they don’t get him as director. At least he’ll have his hand in the water as executive producer. After all, he is the brains behind the team of writers for Aquaman sequel.