Director James Wan revealed why he returned to direct Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Wan initially rose to fame directing horror films, ones that generally kicked off new franchises. The director had his first taste of blockbuster filmmaking with 2015’s Furious 7 before making his DCEU debut in 2018 with Aquaman. The Jason Momoa led film is the best DCEU film in the cinema world to date, netting over $1.1 billion. Following Momoa’s Arthur Curry after the events of 2017’s Justice League, the film sees him return to Atlantis to stand up to his half-brother Orm, played by Patrick Wilson.
With Wan likewise returning, the director explained to IGN why he came back for the sequel. He cited the way that he doesn’t generally return to direct sequels as evidence why The Lost Kingdom is especially imperative to him, saying that he felt the need to continue Arthur and Mera’s story after dealing with the primary Aquaman. Wan additionally praises screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick for being able to discover a story that had the option to expand on the first film notwithstanding the underwater world structure that allowed him to explore more of the strange kingdoms under the sea. Check out his musings below:
There’s a reason why I don’t make three movies in the same series. It’d be fortunate to get me to make a sequel. And then after that, I simply get bored. I need to accomplish something different.
I would say what really got me excited to come back to it is discovering a story that I believe is commendable and if not better than the main movie. And likewise, as far as I might be concerned, really, when I come back to a sequel, whether it was for Insidious 2 or The Conjuring 2, and presently Aquaman 2 is I helped shape and create these characters that I eventually experience passionate feelings for, and I feel like I’m not done with them yet. So I feel like I owe them one more story from me.
[I wanted to] continue the next chapter of Arthur Curry’s story, and Orm’s story, and Mera’s story, and Black Manta’s story. [And screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick found] a really cool story to bring this load of characters back, and then developing them amazingly, and taking them to the next level or the next chapter of their lives.
Previously, Wan has just returned to direct two sequels – Insidious Chapter 2 and The Conjuring 2, the two of which expanded on the world that the first movies set up. It certainly seems like Aquaman 2 will be doing likewise, permitting Arthur Curry to develop as a character, yet to expand on his story in the DCEU as a whole. As of now, Arthur is one of the solitary establishing members of the DCEU who has a film in progress alongside The Flash and the untitled Wonder Woman 3.
With the DCEU in motion, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will permit Wan to do some serious world structure, both in terms of Arthur Curry’s underwater kingdom and the DCEU. Whether or not the film will connect to the wider franchise remains uncertain, yet since it is coming after The Flash, it seems practically certain that there might be some wider ramifications for the DCEU somewhere inside Aquaman’s next chapter.