James Wan, the director of Aquaman, wants to make sure Arthur Curry and Superman aren’t too similar as characters.
Superman is one of the most powerful superheroes there is and Aquaman has some incredibly impressive powers of his own, but it’s important that these types of characters don’t become one and the same.
This is the task that James Wan has set himself; wanting to make sure that Aquaman is a completely different entity to other superheroes, especially the legendary Superman.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Wan said: “Well, I think firstly one thing I’ve been very cautious about doing is making sure that he isn’t Superman. From a story standpoint there’s a reason why Aquaman ultimately is powerful. He’s strong because, like most Atlanteans, their bodies are built to withstand thousands of pounds of pressure, they live so far down. So when they come up, their body is… they’re not aliens from another planet, but because of the physics of our planet and all that stuff, when they come up to the surface world their body can withstand really strong pressure.
“And so where bullets literally bounce off the Man of Steel, bullets can graze these guys and maybe break the skin, and break the flesh, but it doesn’t necessarily penetrate because they their muscle mass and their body mass is much more dense. Even within the world of superheroes I try to find a reason for why how he is the way he is. So he can get beaten up. When he goes up, surface world weapons may have a hard time taking him down, but Atlantian technology can cripple him for sure. It can really destroy him.”
Are you excited to see the world that Wan has conjured for Aquaman and if he has achieved his task in making Curry truly standout compared to his Justice League colleagues?
Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Ludi Lin as Murk, Michael Beach as Jesse Kane, Djimon Hounsou as the Fisherman King, Randall Park as Otis Dhanji as a young Arthur Curry and Graham McTavish in an as-yet-unrevealed role.