James Cameron, the legendary movie director who made aquatic-themed movies like Titanic and The Abyss, has seen Aquaman and he’s not exactly the biggest fan of it. In an interview with Yahoo! (via EW), Cameron said the movie is “great fun” but not very realistic.
“I could have never made that film because it requires this total dreamlike disconnection 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. ” he said. You buy it on its own terms.”
Cameron, who himself has traveled to the bottom of the ocean, pointed out that he’s spent “thousands” of hours underwater. He takes underwater storytelling very seriously.
“I’m very literal about my underwater. It needs to look like it’s real,” he said. “And while I can enjoy that film I don’t resonate with it because it doesn’t look real.”
Cameron wasn’t entirely negative about Aquaman, however, as he said he applauds the movie for the scenes in which it showed the ocean as being used as a garbage dump to remind people to respect and protect the world’s oceans.
The upcoming Avatar sequels that Cameron is making will have “a lot” of underwater sequences, and these will have “such a different feel” than Aquaman, Cameron said. For the Avatar sequels, Cameron is using a reportedly brand-new filming technique capable of doing motion-capture work underwater.
James Wan, who directed Aquaman, previously spoke with EW about working in the shadow of Cameron. “Rule No. 1 is don’t ever compete with James Cameron,” he said. “He’s in a whole different game of his own. And No. 2, our movie is such a different-looking film.”
Aquaman was a smash hit, taking in more than $1 billion globally at the box office. Unsurprisingly, a sequel is on the way; it’s progressing further now by hiring a writer. As for the Avatar series, Avatar 2 is expected to hit theatres in December 2020.