Life is good for director James Wan these days. After the success of ‘Furious 7’ despite the tragic loss of its beloved star Paul Walker, and the most recent release of ‘The Conjuring 2‘ which is already amassing decent critical buzz, the man is looking forward to his next big project, which will be the ‘Aquaman‘ film set in the DCEU.
Why ‘Aquaman’ you might ask? Well, according to a recent interview with Uproxx, it seems that Warner Bros initially offered Wan the choice between directing either ‘The Flash’ movie or the ‘Aquaman’ movie, and in a move that I am sure surprised some executives, he chose ‘Aquaman.’ Why, oh why would he want to direct a movie about a hero that receives such ridicule for his powers, history, and general aesthetic? In Wan’s own words:
“But the thing that ultimately pushed me more towards Aquaman is I love the possibility of creating a whole new world. I’ve always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom. And also, I love the fact that Aquaman is an underdog character. I love the fact that people like to make fun of him. [Laughs.] I feel the bar is a lot lower and I can have fun with him! … What it allows me to do: I think people are a lot less precious with him than, let’s say, you were doing a Spider-Man or a Batman or whatever.”
All points that I have to admit, make a lot of sense. Doing a ‘Flash’ movie means you are stuck being compared to the incredible ‘Flash’ TV show on the CW, fans of which are already unhappy that Grant Gustin is not being used in the DCEU. ‘Aquaman’ is a fresh slate, and a chance to build a whole world beneath the ocean for Aquaman to live in (and talk to fish).
What are your thoughts on Wan choosing ‘Aquaman?’ Do you think ‘The Flash’ would have been more up his alley since the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies are all about speed and racing? Share your opinions in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter.