Aquaman has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Fans propelled Aquaman to the top of the box office for three straight weekends. The movie was already the biggest DC Extend Universe film so far, but now it has surpassed The Dark Knight to become the biggest DC Comics film since The Dark Knight Rises.
Even as Aquaman’s critical score as evened out on Rotten Tomatoes, its audience score has remained strong.
James Wan directs Aquaman, which follows Momoa’s debut as the character in 2017’s Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder. Speaking to ComicBook.com, Wan talked about the significance of putting his own touch on Aquaman while also staying true to the foundation laid in Justice League.
“It was very important for me early on to be allowed to make my own film and to have my own voice be in there,” Wan said. “After Furious 7 and Conjuring 2, I didn’t want to be a director for hire. After Furious 7, that’s kind of who I was to some degree, but after that, I don’t want to be that guy again.
So, it was very important for me to be able to bring my own stamp, my own visual aesthetic, create the characters. Even though Jason has somewhat been established Justice League, I wanted to bring his character into this, basically, fresh in a lot of ways.
“So it was important for me to obviously pay a respect to where he was left off in [Justice League], but then allow me the freedom to take him to where I want to take him at the end of the movie.
My hero goes on this hero’s journey to become someone very different than where he started. That was something that was very important for me. But the movie I want to make, that I was allowed that freedom to do that.”