How optimistic are you about a future Aquaman movie?
Considering what can be generously described as the mixed reception that Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad all received, it’s difficult to know exactly where to stand with the DCEU.
All of these movies looked amazing on paper, but ended up disappointing large portions of their audience when they finally arrived in theaters.
One of the main criticisms levied against Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU is its incredibly dour tone.
Superman spends most of his time moping and questioning whether he should even bother saving human beings (yes, by the way, Clark, you definitely should—that’s your job!).
Ben Affleck’s Batman is quick to shoot, explode, and run over any criminal that gets in his way, which many see as being at odds with the character’s more traditional non-lethal portrayal in comics.
For a time, it seemed that DC Entertainment really following the rule that there should be no jokes within the movies, under the belief that bam, pow, comic book movies shouldn’t be for kids anymore.
Now, of course, that mandate is gone. David Ayer’s Suicide Squad attempted to shake things up a bit by breathing some (often tonally offputting) levity into its story, and the early trailer for Justice League that we’ve already seen is packed to the gills with quips and one-liners.
Now, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall has weighed in, claiming that the movie he’s been crafting will be very different to Batman v Superman, with its ultra-somber darkness.
“[Aquaman] is going to be fun, it’s going to be really fun. What we’ve come up with and James [Wan] especially — he has a really clear idea of the tone he’s going to have, and I think Aquaman is one that’s going to blow people’s minds, not just visually, but I think the story and the scope of it is really great.”
Well, that’s good to know—the guy who wrote the story for Aquaman thinks it’s great.
Apparently we’re not yet at the point where DC filmmakers are simply coming out, saying “Hey, I wrote this, but even I think it’s trash”. So that’s nice.
Beall went further, though, confirming what we’d already suspected about Justice League following the release of its slightly silly trailer:
“I think Justice League again is, what you’re going to see — I hope I’m not going to get in trouble for saying this — but it’s much more fun, much poppier… Batman v Superman was a little more somber. But Justice League is a lot more fun. And I think that feels to me like the direction those movies are heading now.”
It’s cute that Beall thinks he’s going to get in trouble for telling us that Justice League is more fun than Batman v Superman, as if DC is still sticking to a strict policy of telling journalists that their movies inspire boredom and misery in audiences.
Of course, all the levity in the world isn’t going to save this movie if it’s actually just poorly put together.
Movies can strive to be as “poppy” as possible, but it doesn’t help if the result is something out of one of Joel Schumacher’s wildest dreams.