DC Revolution: Another Franchise Has Withered Under James Gunn
The beloved Aquaman movie franchise may be nearing its end.
- James Gunn has brought forth fundamental changes within DC.
- The filmmaker is revamping many of the studio's most popular projects.
- The Aquaman star doesn't think his character has much of a future under the current management.
Since James Gunn took over DC, the studio has seen a lot of changes. Most notably, its recent projects have gone downhill, with this year's premieres including Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash and Blue Beetle. More importantly, the filmmaker is dismantling the DCEU and reorganizing it into the DCU, which means that our beloved films will be remade.
For instance, it's no secret that Superman: Legacy, the DCU's flagship project, will no longer be led by fan-favorite Henry Cavill, who has played the titular characters since 2013. The movie, which will portray the superhero's youth, will star David Corenswet as Clark Kent. Apparently, Superman isn't the only franchise that James Gunn has squashed, as the future of Aquaman appears to be just as skewed.
Aquaman's Swan Song Installment
Set to premiere on December 22, DC's fourth cinematic premiere of 2023 will take audiences on another journey alongside Jason Momoa's Aquaman in his quest to save the underwater world and his loved ones from Black Manta and the evil the antagonist has unleashed.
Given James Gunn's intentions to reinvent the studio's cinematic universe, the only sequel to 2018's Aquaman appears to be the final installment starring Momoa as the titular character.
'I don't necessarily want it to be the end… [but] I don't think it's really, like, a choice. And obviously, the whole James [Gunn] and Peter [Safran] and DC wanting to start their own new thing up – so I don't know if it will be [my last Aquaman movie] because the truth of it is, I guess, the audience loves it and, you know, there's a possibility [to continue the franchise]. But right now I'm like, "It's not looking too good,''' Jason Momoa recently commented on the rumor that he would not be reprising his superhero role in the future.
The Future of Aquaman
At this point, it is unclear whether Gunn will reboot Aquaman like the majority of the DCEU projects. After all, fans love the superhero and are always eager to see where his arc goes. Besides, Jason Momoa is willing to reprise the role in the studio's next projects if he's given the chance.
'I love this character and [I would want to] play it for a long time. I kind of see where I would want it to go. And even in the next ten years or so, like there's a lot of cool things they can do. And I do enjoy the role and the world. So, I mean, it just comes down to if people love it. So, we'll find out,' the actor said.
Hopefully, Gunn will consider keeping the fan-favorite leg of the DC Universe and not let it wither on the vine.
Source: Entertainment Tonight.