Aquaman director James Wan has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the movie will be a true standalone featuring Jason Momoa‘s Arthur Curry, with no appearances from other Justice League characters.
“I wanted to keep the story to the world of Aquaman and not have to worry about what other characters are doing in their films and how that would affect us,” said Wan.” I just thought the simplest way was to keep it clean — keep it simple and let it be an Aquaman story.”
He added that when he “told them I understand and respect that it’s part of a bigger universe but at the end of the day I have to tell the story I want to tell, and I want to develop the character as well. It was something the studio was respectful about… in my movie he starts off one way and becomes very different by the end. It’s a classic hero’s journey. I equate our story to The Sword and the Stone, it’s a very Arthurian story about a journey to becoming king.”
The December 21 release also stars Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey, Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne, Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis, Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Baywatch, The Get Down) as the vengeful Black Manta, and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna, as well as Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando, and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Speaking of other Justice League characters, Gal Gadot was spotted filming Wonder Woman 1984 and you can view photos via the tweet below.
Gal Gadot cuts an effortlessly elegant figure in a wrap dress as she resumes filming for Wonder Woman 1984 https://t.co/JS30yBirGG
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) August 8, 2018
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 also stars Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, and Chris Pine. The anticipated sequel opens in theaters on November 1, 2019.