The end is near for the DCEU as we know it. With the release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the latest installment of the franchise that never really managed to take off will reach the public. As plans begin to develop for the new attempt, now under the command of James Gunn, the director of the sequel wants to make it clear that the project has been his and no one else has significantly influenced it.
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What influence did James Gunn have on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom?
In interview with Entertainment WeeklyJames Wan responded to rumors that James Gunn had ordered a third round of reshoots to further guide Aquaman and the lost kingdom to the plans of his new franchise, the so-called DCU. The Australian made it clear that the film is his and that, although he has known his colleague for years and is open to his comments, no one else had creative control over the story:
Obviously, I had to notice it (DC’s changes in command). If I am living in a house and they start renovating it, I will notice if the roof is missing. (…) (James Gunn) He had something to say. I’ve known James for a long time. We’re horror fans, so I’m definitely open to ideas. But at the end of the day, this is my movie.
Why did Aquaman 2 have so many reshoots?
A few months ago, rumors about poor reactions at test screenings of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom surfaced online. Shortly after, there was talk of a third round of reshoots that supposedly sought to fix details of the film. Wan, speaking specifically of the numerous filmings, assures that they only respond to the complicated schedules of his stellar cast:
We have great actors in this film and their agendas are very difficult to match. So we had to divide the shoot into sections according to the shooting schedule. People think we are doing different films, but no. If we combine them all, in fact there are not even that many days.
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This is not difficult to understand, between Jason Momoa himself, who spent several months filming Fast and Furious 10 – 65%, Patrick Wilson, king of horror who now also directed Demon’s Night: The Red Door – 42%, and Nicole Kidman, it is possible that the filming would have been difficult to organize. To all this, we must also add that the digital effects are significant and if they are not done with enough time, they can give way to real aberrations on the screen.
Still without revealing its first trailer, which premieres tomorrow, Aquaman and the lost kingdom is in the eye of the hurricane due to the conflicting opinions regarding Gunn’s reboot and the recent box office failures of the other DC films of 2023. We will see if, once again, the king of Atlantis manages to surprise and his attempt to save to Earth is a spectacle worthy of mass audiences. The title hits theaters in mid-December.
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