Aquaman director James Wan has kicked off 2018 with a new year’s greeting, and a closeup image of armor from his upcoming Warner Bros. film. However, he doesn’t want you to read too much into the photo.
The filmmaker tweeted “Happy New Year from the Deep,” along with a detail shot of what appears to be a vambrace emblazoned with the image of an octopus. But some fans zeroed in on another part of the photo — what looks to be the tip of a harpoon or spear — and wondered whether Wan is signaling a callback to the hero’s DC Comics past. “Did James Wan just tease Aquaman’s hook hand?” one fan asked.
Happy New Year from the Deep! Here’s to a great 2018. pic.twitter.com/xh1GmJMGas
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) January 1, 2018
That’s of course a reference to the 1990s, when Aquaman was reimagined as DC’s grim sea king, whose hand was eaten by piranha and replaced with a harpoon spearhead. But while Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry already has the long hair and beard introduced to Aquaman in that era, he apparently won’t sport the extra hardware, at least in this film.
Aquaman has been teased as a high-seas adventure, and “a big road movie,” “It’s got that Star Wars quality of gigantic ships and guys riding sharks,” Momoa recently said. “It’s going to be this whole world you’ve never seen before. You’re going to see him start as this guy who probably rides bikes, works on cars. You get to see him this one way as kind of a dirty, dark, drunkard, and then turn into this regal king.”
Debuting Dec. 21, 2018, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry and Dolph Lundgren as Nereus.