In early 2019, Warner Bros. announced Aquaman 2 was officially in development. The company then set an official release date for the sequel of December 16, 2022, four years after the first film. After the huge success of the first movie, it wasn’t a surprise that a sequel was green lit. This version of Aquaman, portrayed by Momoa, first made a brief cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The DC Comics Twitter page shared an excerpt from DC FanDome’s Q&A session with Wan. In it, the director responded to a fan asking if there will be “horror touches” in Aquaman 2 akin to the Trench scene in the first movie. Wan answered in the affirmative, stating:
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.
Wan is definitely no stranger to the horror genre. He grew in popularity as a co-creator of the Saw franchise and has had a hand in every film since. Wan also directed horror films like Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, and The Conjuring, while also co-writing The Nun. Though much of his background is in horror, Wan proved he could also handle a big budget action film thanks to his work on Furious 7.