If there’s anyone that Aquaman has always been famously compared to it’s the violently, aggressive and gristly Wolverine… said nobody ever. Aquaman has been receiving the butt-end of superhero jokes for years and generally been dismissed as a useful superhero. But it looks like that’s all about to change soon.
The initial casting of Jason Momoa, famous for his role as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, shook up the superhero world somewhat and was considered to be an inspired decision on Zack Snyder’s part. It definitely suggested that Aquaman was not going to be the bright-orange wearing fish-boy that he became famously mocked for being but instead an enormous god of ocean who spends less time talking to fish and more time using sharks as nunchucks.
James Wan will be directed the standalone film for Aquaman after his Justice League appearance and he seems to agree with the sentiment of Aquadman breaking away from his ridiculed past. "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."
That’s right, fish-boy here is being compared to Wolverine; infamous for being a rogue element of the X-Men for his violent tendencies. But it’s more the solitary aspect of Wolverine than Wan is referring to here. "Aquaman is the outsider who gets pulled into this world and he kind of doesn't want to belong and he was doing his own thing," Wam argued, "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."
For those interested, Wan will be looking at Geoff Johns’ run of Aquaman, published from 2011 – 2013, as the main inspiration for the kind of hero he will be putting onto the silver screen. In this comic run the main villains he faced up against were Ocean Master and Black Manta, the latter of which is currently rumoured to be the bad guy for the upcoming film.
Aquaman is currently scheduled for a 2018 release.