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Director James Wan Confirms ‘Aquaman’ Won’t Include Other ‘Justice League’ Characters

Jason Momoa’s upcoming solo Aquaman film is going to be just that – a solo Aquaman film.

Director James Wan recently confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the half-man and half-Atlantean superhero will be standing alone in the upcoming film without the support of his Justice League buddies. In many ways, the upcoming film is an origin type story for Aquaman, so Wan wanted to make sure the focus stayed in his world rather than the audience being concerned with other characters. He told EW:

[row]“I wanted to keep the story to the world of Aquaman and not have to worry about what other characters are doing in their films and how that would affect us. I just thought the simplest way was to keep it clean — keep it simple and let it be an Aquaman story.”[/row]

That being said, Wan is also very supportive towards the bigger picture and the bigger world in which the film belongs. He had previously told EW about his discussions with DC and Warner Bros. relating to keeping Aquaman a solo film. He said, “I told them I understand and respect that it’s part of a bigger universe but at the end of the day I have to tell the story I want to tell, and I want to develop the character as well. It was something the studio was respectful about … .in my movie he starts off one way and becomes very different by the end. It’s a classic hero’s journey. I equate our story to The Sword and the Stone, it’s a very Arthurian story about a journey to becoming king.”

While the Justice League characters won’t be appearing as major roles within the film, that certainly doesn’t mean a post-credit scene (or two) linking the film to the bigger universe would be out of the question. In fact, it’s quite likely that this is something that would happen. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Momoa reprises his role as Arthur Curry (aka. Aquaman) in the solo film. The film also stars Amber Heard (as Mera), Patrick Wilson (as the villainous Orm/Ocean Master), Temuera Morrison (as Tom Curry), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (as Black Manta), Nicole Kidman (as Queen Atlanna), Dolph Lundgren (as King Nereus) and Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe (as Nuidis Vulko).

This is Wan’s first dip into the superhero world. He also directed Furious 7 which ended up being the top grossing film of the Fast and Furious franchise. Peter Safran is producing along with Zack and Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Aquaman premieres on December 21, 2018. Check out the amazing first trailer for the film HERE.

What do you think about the first trailer for Aquaman? Was it worth the wait? Are you pumped for this movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.