James Wan Knocked Back The Chance To Direct ‘The Flash’ To Do ‘Aquaman’
Filmmaker James Wan has plenty of options to choose from after becoming the master of the horror genre with Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring to name a few. The director then lead the seventh Fast and the Furious film to become the most successful installment in the franchise.
Catching the eye of Warner Bros, Wan signed on to direct Aquaman for the studio’s upcoming DCEU film slate. In an interview with UPROXX whilst promoting his latest film The Conjuring 2 the talented Aussie revealed that he was offered the chance to direct the Fastest Man Alive in The Flash.
“Oh jeez, this would be a big tidbit: They asked me which of the two characters I’d be interested in and it was between The Flash and Aquaman. This is how I weighed it: For me, we’ve seen various versions of The Flash… There’s a popular show on TV and there was a great one in the ‘90s – I loved that Flash! 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!”
The enthusiasm Wan has for Aquaman has me excited, he’s one of the DC characters I’ve never really enjoyed in any medium—his recent Rebirth #1 for instance, in my opinion was one of the weaker titles from the new line of comics. But with Jason Momoa playing the titular role and Wan behind the camera I have faith I’ll come around to the King of the Seven Seas.
Aquaman is set to hits screens July 27, 2018.