"I"ve Had To Make Adjustments": Aquaman 2 Was Changed To Fit Gunn"s DCU, Says James Wan

With the franchise's future ties to its past still largely unknown, James Wan reveals he made changes to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to fit James Gunn's new DC Universe. Jason Momoa's Atlantean hero was previously part of the DC Extended Universe alongside the likes of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman, the latter two of whom appear to be done with the franchise as Gunn forges ahead with his vision. Despite this, Momoa's Aquaman future has seemed secure alongside Ezra Miller's Flash and Zachary Levi's Shazam.
In a career-spanning profile interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James Wan opened up about the ongoing shifts with the DCU following Gunn's hiring as the co-head of the comic book franchise. When asked how Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom fits into these plans, the director confirmed changes were made to fit the "soft reset" coming with The Flash, but assured it didn't overly affect the feel of the sequel. See what Wan explained below:
I’ve had to make adjustments all along the way. The DCU has been through lots of different versions, and one of the things that was challenging about this film was keeping track of what’s going on. Fortunately, the Aquaman universe is pretty far removed from the rest of the world. We’re going to many different underwater kingdoms that are not necessarily related to what’s happening with the other movies and characters, so we’re stand-alone in that respect. So I can just tell my story on its own without being affected too much, but at the same time, I have to be mindful of what’s been happening.

How Gunn's DCU Will Connect To The DCEU While not an outright confirmation of a future in the franchise, Wan's explanation of how Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was changed to fit Gunn's DCU does indicate that Momoa's Aquaman will continue past the upcoming sequel. Not only have Momoa and Gunn previously indicated talks between them of how to keep the actor in the DCU, but the latter has even confirmed that both The Flash and Aquaman sequel will lead into the first proper chapter of the new franchise, Superman: Legacy.


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