James Wan Discusses Zack Snyder’s Influence Over ‘Aquaman’

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For better or worse, Zack Snyder is set to direct the two Justice League movies, meaning that he has plenty of creative control over the DC Extended Universe. However, following the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, quite a few fans are now worried that he may not be the right guy for the job after all due to the negative critical response to the movie, but it’s clear that he’s not going anywhere for now.

One of the many DC comics adaptations that are currently slated to hit the big screen in the next few years is Aquaman, which will be directed by James Wan. Over the weekend, the filmmaker made an appearance at Wondercon in Los Angeles, where he was asked by Cinemablend about Zack Snyder’s influence over the project. Here’s what the director told the site:

“Well, I think the story that I would like to tell is still at the end of the day my story. And that’s what’s cool with Zack, is that he’s actually very respectful of that. He’s actually helping me out in some ways with certain things that he’s doing with his [films] so that I can have better groundwork with the standalone Aquaman story.”

Wan recently said that he’s planning to take a different approach to the character and that his main goal is to deliver a fun movie. While it does sound like Snyder has a voice in the matter, it’s quite clear that Wan will be able to tell his own story with Aquaman, despite the fact that he’s probably going to have to make a few adjustments along the way to make the movie fit into the larger universe. What do you guys think?

Source: Cinemablend

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • Hinscher

    What other films does this Wan have under his belt?

    But I’m all for fun, it’s just I’m iffy on that word applied to Aquaman. If there is any superhero that needs to pull what Wonder Woman did this film, its this guy. He needs to be a total Bad A and the movie to be super cool.

    As the comics made clear, he is kind of the running joke.

    • sintheticreality2

      Saw, Insidious, Fast and Furious 7.

    • Xavier Golden

      A lot of visually striking movies. I think it’s in good hands.

  • O.G. Loc

    Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition release date is false. They will announce the real date in a few weeks. Read about it here http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/03/25/batman-v-superman-ultimate-edition-blu-ray-releases-july-16/#25ab60126f9f
    Also, Frosty from Collider said Zack Snyder is making a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for the movie.
    Could it mean that WB is planning on releasing the Ultimate Edition in theaters?

    • Larry

      That would be one way to make more money on the movie. Cut out 1/6th of the film, and release a shorter version so theaters can have more showings AND then release the full version a few months later. Zach Snyder said until a few months ago, there was a 3 hour version of the film. That’s the version they should had released to the audience the first time.

      • O.G. Loc

        I agree. And I’ve been thinking about it since they said the original version is 3 hours. You can clearly see that some things are missing. Even if you loved the movie. I liked it a lot. I hope I will love it after I see the full movie.
        Because lets face it. This isn’t the full movie. We haven’t seen the full movie. With a story as complicated as this, when you take out one scene it damages the movie. Can you imagine what TDK would look like if you deleted only one scene? Or shortened half the scenes.
        This is really unfair to Snyder. He has made a movie that is 3 hours long. That movie is complete as it is.

        • Math

          Agreed. I blame WB for the bad critical reviews. I don’t know for sure because I’ve not seen his director’s cut yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up making a lot more sense and comes off as a much better movie. I don’t know who approved this cut, but it feels like they cut a lot of the wrong scenes.

          There are a lot of scenes they could have cut out that would have not affected the movie all that much while I’m sure plenty of material was actually cut out that would have helped flesh out and explain motives of certain characters a lot more. We’ll have to wait and see that ultimate cut to find out for sure, but that really smells like the studio stepping in and forcing Zack to cut out stuff that was essential to his original vision.

          I heard rumors of the studio wanting more Batman in this film, and while more Batman is never a bad thing, if you need to cut out essential story points to add scenes like Bruce Wayne dreaming of a bat creature coming out of his parents grave, well, that’s just a dumb decision. It’s a cool scene, but if you have to cut it down, it feels like those are the type of scenes that would have had to go first. That weird Lex/creature deleted scene that was released felt more important then this weird dream scene.

          That’s just one example. There are plenty other stuff that could have been replaced (like that Pa Kent vision scene for example). Keeping the original 3h cut would have probably been best, but if you really need to trim it down half an hour, I’m sure there are better editing choices they could have made. We’ll find out in a few months.

  • JMMagwood

    For better or worse?

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