James Wan is pulling out all the stops for “Aquaman 2,” promising a blend of 80s and 90s inspiration in what he envisions as a buddy comedy. Wan, known for his successful horror films, transformed Jason Momoa’s Aquaman into a box office hit with the first installment. In the sequel, Wan is drawing influence from classics like “Romancing The Stone,” envisioning a dynamic reminiscent of “Tango & Cash.”
The central partnership in the film will be between Momoa’s Arthur Curry and his half-brother, Patrick Wilson’s King Orm, also known as Ocean Master. This time around, the two are joining forces to confront the new threat of Black Manta, much like iconic duos from 80s and 90s cinema, such as Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell, or Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in “Men in Black.”
Wan described the dynamic, stating, “Jason plays Arthur larger-than-life; Patrick plays the straight man. It’s not unlike what Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones did in Men In Black – like Tommy, Patrick plays it dry, but very funny.”
This tonal shift indicates that “Aquaman 2” will continue to diverge from the more somber atmosphere associated with Zack Snyder’s contributions to the DC universe. Wan’s willingness to experiment with humor and genre demonstrates a commitment to delivering a unique and memorable cinematic experience.
With Momoa’s recent success in “Fast X,” where he portrayed the flamboyant antagonist Dante, fans are eagerly anticipating his return to the role of Arthur Curry. As the release date approaches, the anticipation for “Aquaman 2” is steadily building, promising an exciting addition to the DC film canon.