When James Wan turned Aquaman into a billion dollar box office hit, safe to say he got some more pull for the sequel. Not only will is a more horror-centric spin-off happening centered around the Trench sequence of the first film (And an animated event series), but it seems Wan is letting his roots in the genre come out a little more in the direct sequel. Before Aquaman, Wan was best known for with films like The Conjuring and Saw (Both of which have gone onto to become long term franchises). It was for this reason that, revealed in a tease for the DC FanDome event (See the schedule for it here) that's happening next weekend, the company’s official Twitter account shared an excerpt of James Wan answering fan questions that will be a part of the Aquaman panel. One of these questions was if Wan plans to bring any “horror touches” to the sequel. And his answer is yes, with the follow-up set to dig deeper into Atlantis’ darkest depths:
“I would say yes. Just like the first movie had a touch of my horror sensibility in it, in regards to the Trench sequence, I would say there’ll be a little bit of that in this next one. I think it’s something that’s a big part of who I am, and it just naturally comes out in these kinds of films.
And especially a movie like Aquaman, you know where the story takes place in these underwater worlds that can be very scary. So naturally, my love for the horror genre just means that I latch myself to these scenes and try to give them a little bit more of my scary sauce.”
The film is currently set to hit theaters December 16, 2022, a release date the film has held even before the pandemic, despite pre-production (Which was set to begin this year) being delayed as a result of it. Stay tuned!