Oscar-winning director and professional at sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong, James Cameron, had some words to say about Aquaman. Specifically, that the movie–about a super-powered man from the lost underwater city of Atlantis who can breathe underwater and communicate with marine life–is not realistic enough. I also have some comments to make about unrealistic movies. Namely, in the Avengers films: when the Hulk’s clothing rips off when he transforms it is highly unrealistic and we need to be seeing big green dick.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that James Cameron is not into how the people of Atlantis swim. Apparently they’re too good at it and he needs to see some arms waving and feet kicking:
“I could have never made that film because it requires this total dreamlike disconnect from any sense of physics or reality. It exists somewhere between a Greek mythic landscape and a fairy tale landscape. And people just kind of zoom around underwater because … they propel themselves mentally? I guess? I don’t know. But it’s cool. You buy it on its own terms. But I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater. I’m very literal about my underwater. It needs to look like it’s real. And while I can enjoy that film I don’t resonate with it because it doesn’t look real.”
And that’s not all, he also doesn’t think the movie did a good enough job of making us want to save the ocean:
“And by the way, [Aquaman] doesn’t help us with our issues of actually understanding the ocean and exploring the ocean and preserving the ocean — though they did throw in a couple things like whales and things like that to remind us we are using the ocean as a garbage dump, so I applaud the film for that. Yeah, I couldn’t have made that movie. We’re doing a lot of underwater in the Avatar sequels and it’s going to have such a different feel.”
EW had previously asked Aquaman director James Wan about any competition between him and James Cameron because he pioneered some motion-capture water technique and so James Cameron now owns all films about water:
“If anything, I think [what Cameron is doing is] amazing… Rule No. 1 is don’t ever compete with James Cameron. He’s in a whole different game of his own. And No. 2, our movie is such a different-looking film.”
James is really going to be pissed off because there’s more Aquaman coming, as The Hollywood Reporter is saying that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who wrote the first movie, has been green lit by Warner Bros. to start writing the next one.
Last time James had words to say about a movie, which wasn’t his, was when he talked shit about Wonder Woman and Gal Gadot specifically didn’t make a comment about it because she thought he was “promoting another movie of his”, and surprise-surprise, James has his Alita: Battle Angel movie coming out soon. So methinks this Aquaman criticism is planned accordingly.
But maybe James should stick to complaining about things other than realism since, you know, he doesn’t even understand flotation.