James Wan says Aquaman 2 will feature some horror elements
Ahead of the highly-anticipated launch of Warner Bros.’ DC FanDome this Saturday, August 22, DC Comics took to Twitter to share an excerpt from the Aquaman panel, featuring director James Wan as he answers a fan question about the upcoming sequel. When asked if Wan would also be bringing in some of his famous horror elements in Aquaman 2, he confirmed that fans should definitely expect this and that it would be a little bit similar to the first one’s Trench sequence. You can listen to the full soundbite below!
“I would say yes. Just like the first movie had a touch of my horror sensibility in it, in regards to the Trench sequence, I would say there’ll be a little bit of that in this next one,” Wan teased. “I think it’s something that’s a big part of who I am, and it just naturally comes out in these kinds of films.”
“And especially a movie like Aquaman, you know where the story takes place in these underwater worlds that can be very scary,” he continued. “So naturally, my love for the horror genre just means that I latch myself to these scenes and try to give them a little bit more of my scary sauce.”
Aquaman became the biggest success for the DC films, which have a history of faltering at the box office, with the exception of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. It grossed over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office earning its spot as the highest-grossing DC film of all-time for Warner Bros, and revealed the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry (Momoa) and took him on the journey of his lifetime — one that forced him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman also starred Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko, counsel to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Baywatch, The Get Down) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna. Also starring is Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando, and Temeura Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Aquaman 2 is still scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2022.