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James Wan opted to direct Aquaman over The Flash

06.07.2016
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Who knows what to expect with the next few films Warner Bros. has lined up for the continuation of their DC Cinematic Universe? With so much shake-up and upheaval going on in the aftermath of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, the only thing that seems to be for certain is that what's on the horizon won't be like Zack Snyder's most recent film. Change is definitely coming, and where we're probably going to be able to see it the most is in what James Wan is looking to execute with AQUAMAN

Wan has talked pretty optimistically in recent months about the challenges AQUAMAN has and why he welcomes trying to tackle them, but the director didn't have to make the choice to go under the sea, so to speak. James Wan could have opted for a different project within the DCU, as he revealed to Mike Ryan at Uproxx. Wan was offered the decision to pick between AQUAMAN and THE FLASH, and we know how that process turned out.

But why? Why AQUAMAN over THE FLASH? Wan explains:

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!

Everyone makes fun of him! And I actually don’t mind that! 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.

He's right... mostly. There are sure to be hardcore Aquaman enthusiasts who show up in 2018 talking about how James Wan doesn't understand Aquaman and somehow ruined their childhoods. There always are. But, for the most part, fans don't have anywhere near the same type of connection with the superhero that they do with others, and, as a result, Wan has some leeway to play within the world he's creating without having to be slavish to the source material that some will always check him against. 

Plus, if he can make AQUAMAN into a character the mainstream can get excited about, then he will have done exactly what Warner Bros. asked him to do. And, if for some reason, it doesn't work, then so what? It was Aquaman. No one respects him anyway. Wan is basically playing with house money here. Let's hope he can turn it into big winnings for us all. 

AQUAMAN is currently slated for a July 27, 2018 release.

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Source: Uproxx

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7:05PM on 06/07/2016
I just don't see how a live action aquaman movie can be made. You can see him holding his breathe for the small cameo he had in bvs. And I imagine it'll have the same flaws Thor 1 had. These will be problems no matter the director. When he's underwater he's either real holding his breath facing the gravity constraints of water, or its all cgi. I think they should go all cgi/motion capture
I just don't see how a live action aquaman movie can be made. You can see him holding his breathe for the small cameo he had in bvs. And I imagine it'll have the same flaws Thor 1 had. These will be problems no matter the director. When he's underwater he's either real holding his breath facing the gravity constraints of water, or its all cgi. I think they should go all cgi/motion capture
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6:14PM on 06/07/2016
Very glad to read he chose Aquaman over the Flash considering his directing and abilities are more suited for the type of character, tone, and character's universe that Aquaman is and has than a character like Flash who is more on the comedic side. Aquaman may not be my most anticipated DCU solo film in terms of character (that would be Affleck's solo Batman film), but other than seeing Affleck direct his own solo Batman film, Aquaman is my most anticipated in terms of director.
Very glad to read he chose Aquaman over the Flash considering his directing and abilities are more suited for the type of character, tone, and character's universe that Aquaman is and has than a character like Flash who is more on the comedic side. Aquaman may not be my most anticipated DCU solo film in terms of character (that would be Affleck's solo Batman film), but other than seeing Affleck direct his own solo Batman film, Aquaman is my most anticipated in terms of director.
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5:57PM on 06/07/2016

Wan is going to do great!

I'm all in with Wann and DC in company! Now for the lazy writiers who conintue to take Dc topics to bash a hit movie BVS is really getting old. Are you kidding me with shake up and upheavel nonsense!! Seriously and this is what Wann was talking about media overreaction! Dc is growing so the changes are norma so stop acting like you have some inside source.
I'm all in with Wann and DC in company! Now for the lazy writiers who conintue to take Dc topics to bash a hit movie BVS is really getting old. Are you kidding me with shake up and upheavel nonsense!! Seriously and this is what Wann was talking about media overreaction! Dc is growing so the changes are norma so stop acting like you have some inside source.
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6:10PM on 06/07/2016
exactly. People are idiots. The whole marketing doubles the cost of the budget is nonsense drivel and about as basic a rule of thumb as you can get. As well as the you have to "double" your box office(marketing included) to recoup your cost. Like I said its a rule of thumb at its most most basic. People don't take into account that these movies have location shooting discounts (tax incentives), product placements that subtract millions from the final cost, licensing agreements which makes them
exactly. People are idiots. The whole marketing doubles the cost of the budget is nonsense drivel and about as basic a rule of thumb as you can get. As well as the you have to "double" your box office(marketing included) to recoup your cost. Like I said its a rule of thumb at its most most basic. People don't take into account that these movies have location shooting discounts (tax incentives), product placements that subtract millions from the final cost, licensing agreements which makes them a crapload of money. Not to mention that Warner Bros is a division of Time Warner who is also part of Turner division and they own a shitload of tv channels and websites etc and get their marketing at COST or almost free, meaning that the marketing budget is probably nowhere near the cost of the movie.

but here we are with a bunch of idiots thinking the finance on movies is as easy as saying double the money and we make profit. If financial investment was that easy, then I sense none of the idiots boasting how 900 million is a financial flop would have any problem balancing the budget for the Govt.
5:05PM on 06/07/2016
This guy is gonna KILL IT

Saw
Insidious
Conjuring
Fast7

whatever this guy touches turns to gold.
This guy is gonna KILL IT

Saw
Insidious
Conjuring
Fast7

whatever this guy touches turns to gold.
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5:12PM on 06/07/2016
I personally would not call any of those gold, but The Conjuring was good. If nothing else, Wan knows how to give genre fans what they want, even if it is also more or less what they expect.
I personally would not call any of those gold, but The Conjuring was good. If nothing else, Wan knows how to give genre fans what they want, even if it is also more or less what they expect.
5:34PM on 06/07/2016
Well don't forget, you do have to take under consideration the genre and budgets of each.

Saw was so cheap, they had to use rehearsal takes because they had no more money to film additional stuff. The movie cost about a million and was a SMASH hit and is considered a classic (the first one, not the whole series).

Insidious was a successfull and very good horror movie.

Conjuring is now considered a classic horror movie.

Fast 7, this guy turned in a 1.5 billion dollar movie (sure
Well don't forget, you do have to take under consideration the genre and budgets of each.

Saw was so cheap, they had to use rehearsal takes because they had no more money to film additional stuff. The movie cost about a million and was a SMASH hit and is considered a classic (the first one, not the whole series).

Insidious was a successfull and very good horror movie.

Conjuring is now considered a classic horror movie.

Fast 7, this guy turned in a 1.5 billion dollar movie (sure Paul Walker died) but take into account this guy helped salvage a half finished movie and completed it without having to refilm the whole movie.

i'd say this guy has earned his stripes.
6:17PM on 06/07/2016
Couldn't agree more. I consider The Conjuring to be a classic and one of the best horror films of the last decade along with Insidious. And I also appreciate what he did with Saw, and even though I loathe the Furious franchise, I did enjoy the atmosphere he brought with his entry.
Couldn't agree more. I consider The Conjuring to be a classic and one of the best horror films of the last decade along with Insidious. And I also appreciate what he did with Saw, and even though I loathe the Furious franchise, I did enjoy the atmosphere he brought with his entry.
4:52PM on 06/07/2016
In Wan I trust. Can't wait to see what he does with Black Manta.
In Wan I trust. Can't wait to see what he does with Black Manta.
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