Who would have bet that “Aquaman 2” would draw heavily on an Italian horror movie from the 1960s? This is what should happen, however, because James Wan cites Mario Bava’s “Planet of the Vampires” as a major reference.
Hunt the natural, it comes back at a gallop! Even when directing a superhero movie, James Wan can’t help but infuse it with a bit of horror, his favorite genre. Following the sequence of The Trench and its Monsters in the first Aquaman, the director is expected to go further with the sequel, The Lost Kingdom, which is currently filming under his direction.
In an interview given to Total Film, the filmmaker cites The Planet of the Vampires by Mario Bava as the main source of inspiration for the DC feature film expected on December 14, 2022 in our theaters. Released in 1965, the film takes us to an unknown planet where certain astronauts are seized with homicidal rage, in an unbreathable atmosphere.
In view of its title, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be centered on the search and exploration of the famous lost kingdom over which the hero embodied by Jason Momoa must reign. Should we deduce from this that the latter and his companions will also be confronted with an unknown entity and struck with madness? James Wan does not say more but explains his approach in a more global way.
The trailer for “Planet of the Vampires”:
“The first movie surprised people, no [avec la séquence de la Tranchée, ndlr] ? And this comes mainly from the fact that they were not familiar with the comic book, where we find this world so horrible and strange. People were amazed that I didn’t leave it all behind and make such a dark and heavy movie. But I felt it wouldn’t have worked out. So for the second film, I felt it would be easier for viewers to accept where we’re going, because I’ve already laid the foundation. “
It remains to be seen how his taste for horror will be expressed in the next installment of Aquaman, in which we will find Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, while Pilou Asbaek will be one of the newcomers. . But before that, James Wan will introduce us to Malignant, his next horrific baby, on September 1.