‘Aquaman’ Director James Wan Addresses ‘Batman v Superman’ Reception

James Wan

James Wan is a loyal guy. He’s not gonna turn over on his friends. But he’s also steadfast to his vision and carefully aware of his directorial freedom. These competing features of Wan have been on display as he’s navigated the post-Batman v Superman DC world as the future Aquaman helmer.

In a French interview for The Conjuring 2 press, Wan was asked about how he felt the divisive reaction to DC superhero mashup impacted his role moving forward.

“I think it’s a world that is so difficult to control, and always expectations of fans are out of this world, right? No pun intended. I know how hard it is, from making Conjuring 2, how much anticipation there is just from the first movie. I think you do the best you can, and tell the best story you can.”

Wan is likely aware of how much weight his words have now and, as a Twitter user, is no doubt aware of the vitriolic fan reactions that have followed some comic and superhero fare (such as BvS and the Cap twist) as late. Just as he is very respectful to his bosses and colleagues, Wan added that his collaborator Zack Snyder – who teased Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in Batman v Superman before his real introduction in next year’s Justice League – is “being very respectful” about his personal plans for the July 27, 2018 release.

SOURCE: BadTaste.it (via ComicBook.com)

Sam Flynn

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  • Marquis de Sade

    It must be very difficult for him to stay the course while ridin’ dceu’s rudderless S.S. MINNOW.

  • flavortang

    I don’t know what people expect the guy to say. What he said was spot on. Does the Cap twist bother me? No. We need to know where the story goes and how the twists play out. In this new media age we want instant gratification and everyone is prone to overreacting about EVERYTHING.

    Who knows how Aquaman will play out? I love the character so I can only hope that Wan executes a story that people will enjoy enough that it warrants sequels.

    • Peter James

      “I think that the reception to BvS(and more serious superhero movies like Apocalypse) is a clear indication that people want consequence-free escapism.”


      Although I would add and opine that it’s really just the most (really really) vocal and loudest segment of comicbook fans who are of this stance, as opposed to larger audience in general.
      And unfortunately those tend to be who the studios hear and respond to.

      • flavortang

        True. In the end, I just want the DCEU to be successful so I’m happy to sacrifice more grounded and gritty stories in favor of lighter fare that will have global audiences cherishing these characters as much as I do.

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