As “Aquaman” has already conquered “The Dark Knight Rises” as the top-grossing movie in the DC Universe, Warner Bros. has started the procedure of bringing director James Wan back for the expected sequel.
Sources said the plan in discussion is for Wan to oversee the progress of a second movie, as well as the selection of writers, and then make a decision on whether to direct it when he sees the script.
Small wonder that Warner Bros needs him back as seriously as it did Patty Jenkins on the “Wonder Woman” sequel. Wan’s “Aquaman” has changed the setting of the DC Universe toward the sparkling deep-sea empire of Atlantis and away from grim old Gotham as far as the unofficial capital of the Warner’s superhero business.
As of last weekend, the worldwide box office for Wan’s amphibious blockbuster was closing in on $1.07 billion. When Wan’s salt-water story does shift into the top spot it will symbolize a sea transformation for Warner Bros. and its DC Comics adaptations.
Obviously, Warner Bros. is keen to set sail with Aquaman 2. Wan is the only filmmaker who has delivered a billion-dollar moneymaker for two different studios (his Furious 7 revved up $1.5 billion for Universal in 2016) but don’t expect him to move on from the “Aquaman” franchise.
The filmmaker is intensely invested in the world building of “Aquaman” and sees the deep, blue sea as a fantasy background that can be cinematically comparable to Middle-earth, the Jedi galaxy or the wizarding world of the “Harry Potter” movies. There’s lots of ocean floor and undersea kingdoms left for Wan explore.
Wan spent years working on “Aquaman” including 172 days on principal photography with stops in Queensland, Morocco, Italy and Canada. It’s tough to see him leaving now. Last month he expressed doubt about the sequel. “I’m superstitious about that,” he said.
Wan obviously set the stage for the sequel in the first movie by introducing Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the Black Manta in a famous, persuasive and open-ended sequence which did sufficient to arouse fans desire for his replay with Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman.