After a long time as a pop-culture punchline, Aquaman is the reigning king of the DC Prolonged Universe. James Wan’s super-sized aquatic journey film has earned greater than $1.1 billion (and counting) since its Dec. 21 launch, placing the bi-species hero (performed by the biracial Jason Momoa) nicely forward of DC’s Holy Trinity of Batman, Superman and Marvel Lady. Earlier than 2018, nearly nobody would have predicted that Aquaman would emerge as DC’s hottest film hero.
Nobody, that’s … besides James Cameron. Again in the summertime of 2006, the filmmaker behind The Terminator franchise helmed an Aquaman film that earned $116 million in its opening weekend, and stored on swimming to turn into the highest-grossing film of all time, topping even his personal mega-hit Titanic. “I believed I did a reasonably good job on that,” Cameron tells Yahoo Leisure, chuckling. “I believed I caught the touchdown on that movie.” (Watch our video interview above.)
Don’t bear in mind Cameron’s Aquaman? That’s as a result of it solely exists within the Entourage prolonged universe. HBO’s behind-the-scenes of Hollywood sequence cheekily solid Cameron as himself for a recurring Season 2 and Season three storyline through which film star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) scored the title function within the director’s first fictional foray into comedian guide films. (Cameron’s first actual comedian guide film is Alita: Battle Angel, primarily based on the favored Japanese manga. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the futuristic sci-fi spectacle opens in theaters on Feb. 14.)
Moreover Chase, the solid included Mandy Moore as Aquagirl, Ray Liotta and Sharon Stone as Aquaman’s mother and father (roles performed by Temura Morrison and Nicole Kidman within the 2018 movie) and James Woods because the designated villain, Abaddon. Regardless of launching a complete franchise, neither the director nor the star returned for the sequel. As Entourage lore goes, Aquaman 2 swapped Cameron out for Michael Bay, whereas Chase was changed by future Spider-Man nemesis Jake Gyllenhaal.
So what does the director of the “first” Aquaman film take into consideration Wan’s model? “I believe it’s nice enjoyable,” Cameron says, including that it’s a movie he’d by no means have been in a position to direct, both in 2006 or right this moment. Not due to the diploma of technical issue, thoughts you, however due to its intentionally fantastical tone. “I by no means might have made that movie, as a result of it requires a complete dreamlike disconnection from any sense of physics or actuality,” he admits. “Individuals simply sort of zoom round underwater, as a result of they propel themselves mentally, I suppose, I don’t know. However it’s cool! You purchase it by itself phrases.”
To get a way of what Cameron’s model of Aquaman may appear like, he factors to his prolific profession as a deep-sea diver. “I’ve spent hundreds of hours underwater. Whereas I can take pleasure in that movie, I don’t resonate with it as a result of it doesn’t look actual.” The director additionally suggests his historical past of environmental activism would play a extra outstanding function than it does in Wan’s film. “They did throw in a few issues with whales and issues like that to remnd us we’re sort of utilizing the ocean as a rest room and a rubbish dump,” he notes. “So I applaud the movie for that.”
Cameron additionally applauds Wan for becoming a member of the billion-dollar membership with Aquaman — a aim he beforehand reached with each Titanic and Avatar. On the identical time, he can’t resist just a little pleasant competitors along with his fellow Ocean Grasp. “Come again while you hit your second billion and your individual your technique to your third—then we’ll speak,” he jokes. Higher name the drum-playing octopus! Seems like we’ve obtained one other match that may solely be settled within the Ring of Fireplace!
Aquaman swims onto digital companies on March 5 (pre-order on iTunes and Vudu) and on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on Mar. 26 (pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart. View showtimes and tickets for Alita: Battle Angel at Fandango.
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