James Wan Explains Why He He Opted To Direct AQUAMAN Instead of THE FLASH

When James Wan went in to talk about directing a DC film for Warner Bros., the studio executives offered him a couple of choices… The Flash and Aquaman.

Yes, Wan could have directed The Flash movie that the studio is slowly developing, but he opted to direct Aquaman and in a recent interview with the New York Times, he explains why. First he explained how his meeting with WB came about:

“Having made ‘The Conjuring,’ I was part of the Warner Bros. family, and I knew they were doing their DC thing. I spoke with Kevin Tsujihara [the Warner Bros. chairman and chief executive] at a premiere and I said, ‘I’m interested in the properties that you have at DC.’ A few months later, I was in a general meeting with DC and they floated two properties that didn’t have filmmakers on board: the Flash and Aquaman."

You’d think that most filmmakers would enthusiastically jump at the chance to direct The Flash because he’s such a fun and lovable character. With Aquaman, for years, he’s been the butt of everyone’s jokes. For a lot of DC fans, he was never the “cool” DC superhero. Wan saw the potential though, and he explains what it was that drew him to the character:

"I felt the Flash had been done before. It had been on TV twice at that point. The one that had not been done was Aquaman. I realized, wow, his character resides in this crazy, big world, and I could do something very interesting with it. I look up to people like Spielberg, Cameron, Lucas, John Carpenter. I’m a fan of genre filmmaking, naturally. So I thought I could make ‘Aquaman’ a genre film, meaning a horror monster movie. DC basically said, yes, you can make Aquaman versus sea monsters if that’s what you want."

I can definitely see why Wan would want to direct an Aquaman film. It definitely fits his style a little more and we’ve seen that style in the trailers that have been released. I’m happy that Wan took on Aquaman because if anyone could make a badass movie with Aquaman, it’s him. He goes on to talk about the excitement about working on the movie, but also explains that it wasn’t an easy task:

"There really aren’t a lot of visual cues from existing films to pull from. That was exciting for me, because I get to create a new world. In terms of the technicality of it: It was a pain. The actors would be suited up in their costumes, and placed inside these really awkward, uncomfortable rigs. Then visual effects would come in and add the flowing hair, the floating costumes and capes, and then paint in the entire world. A simple scene of two people talking underwater would just take days and days to shoot."

I have yet to see Aquaman myself, but I’ve been hearing so many great things about it! It looks and sounds like Wan actually pulled it off and made a great Aquaman movie! The movie hits theaters on December 21st.

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