Ryan Coogler Shares How Aquaman Affected Namor
Namor & Aquaman have a lot of similarities, but Black Panther 2 director Ryan Coogler makes it clear there’s still room for distinction.
Black Panther: Wak&a Forever introduced fans to new characters like Tenoch Huerta’s Namor & Riri Williams’ Ironheart. Director Ryan Coogler recently sat down to discuss how DC’s aquatic hero, Aquaman, helped give inspiration to his interpretation of Namor.
Black Panther: Wak&a Forever takes place after the death of T’Challa due to the real-life passing of the extraordinary Chadwick Boseman. A new foe is introduced through Huerta’s Namor, & fans may also notice that Huerta confirmed Namor’s mutant background, which means Namor is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first mutants to hit the Huge screen.
Casual fans may be familiar with the other King of Atlantis known as Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa), who exists in the DC universe. To give a separate identity to these very similar characters, director Ryan Coogler broke down the thought process of bringing this character to the Huge screen. “We wanted to lean into the things that make those two characters different from each other because they have a lot of other similarities in publishing,” Coogler said to Uproxx. “For us, it was like, Yo, you got to wear the green trunks. He’s got to have his winged ankles. He’s got to be relatively arrogant. He has to be long-lived. He’s got to be a child of two worlds, not really fitting into either one. He has to be very confident & very dangerous. In the comics, Namor can always back up what he’s saying.”
Despite Coogler successfully making Namor st& apart from Aquaman, the Black Panther: Wak&a Forever director wanted to clarify how much respect he had for DC’s portrayal. “I do think that having Aquaman out in the world, in film language, & being successful in the marketplace, I think it was a great bit of indirect guidance for us to lean into the things that made Namor different from Aquaman,” Coogler said. “Just out of respect to the audience because a lot of people saw that movie. A lot of people love that movie. It was our task to, obviously, put our heads down & blinders on & make our movie, but also have a sense of awareness of what the marketplace might want to respond to, & might be interested in.”
Now the director is again in high dem&, with many hoping he ends up directing the long-awaited Avengers: Secret Wars. Coogler has a deep background in filmmaking, & one can hope that the director continues to show the world his artistic talent & receive all the acclaim he deserves.
Black Panther: Wak&a Forever is currently airing in theaters
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