How much fun did you have with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Whether you fall on the side of hating or loving Zack Snyder's superhero throwdown, it's undeniable that they are pretty grim. Sure, there are still pleasures to be found and reasons to totally geek out, but would anybody really classify them as fun? Probably not, but it's not fair to assume that all of the upcoming DCU movies will be that way. Suicide Squad looks totally different tonally, for one thing, and Justice League is expected to be lighter. And James Wan, director of Aquaman, wants fans to know that his film won't be so serious. He tells IGN...
“I think Aquaman is a character that is, you know, a lot of people have made fun of over the years, and I just think it’s fun to actually show a really different, cool, badass side to this character, but at the same time, let’s not forget to have fun with it."
Saying that Aquaman has been made fun of is an understatement, but with Jason Momoa as the aquatic hero that's likely to change. For some reason, there's the misconception that all of the DCU movies have to one specific thing. Since Man of Steel and 'Batman v Superman' were both pretty dark, all of the movies must be the same. It's good to know that Warner Bros. is switching things up, if only to change the perception some critics seem to have.
To be fair, that perception is mostly tied with opinions of Snyder, and Wan was asked by Cinemablend if Snyder had part in developing Aquaman. In short: yes.
"Well, I think the story that I would like to tell is still at the end of the day my story. And that’s what’s cool with Zack, is that he’s actually very respectful of that. He’s actually helping me out in some ways with certain things that he’s doing with his [films] so that I can have better groundwork with the standalone Aquaman story."
So Wan gets to tell the story he wants, but obviously some things needed to be shaped in order to fit into the overall structure, which is no different than what Marvel does. No surprises there. Aquaman is expected to arrive in 2018, after the character appears in Justice League.