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.