Details have been scarce regarding director James Wan's upcoming Aquaman solo movie, outside of some footage being shown at CinemaCon in April. That changed today after Warner Bros. has gone public to sing its praises to generate some hype for the upcoming DC film.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns said that the director can "switch modes from horror to big bright colorful action to really emotional scenes." Johns himself co-wrote the story for the stand-alone film. He also worked as a scribe on Aquaman comics in the past.
Johns praising the "big bright colorful action" is a particular standout, as that leans in the opposite direction to the desaturated look that director Zack Snyder had brought to Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder also famously exited Justice League after a family tragedy. Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the project, though his more lighthearted approach tended to stick out against the bulk of the film Snyder had already shot.
Peter Safran, who's serving as a producer for the underwater epic, also weighed in, saying the film has "great action" and "great humor." Safran also declared that Aquaman will be "an extraordinary step in DC Universe that sets it on the right path."
Such glowing remarks definitely puts the pressure on Aquaman to boost DC's wavering film franchise, which has paled in comparison to Marvel's decade-long box-office domination. Still, the MCU built its foundation on a handful of lesser-known characters, so it's not unfathomable that the DCEU could be saved by a... less-revered character like Aquaman.