James Wan Wanted To Do A Batman Movie Exactly How You’d Expect

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This weekend, I got the chance to sit down with director James Wan and we discussed all things Aquaman and even his previous desire to direct a Batman movie.

James Wan is no stranger to making different genres of film. The director has moved from horror to action-adventure and now he’s tackling superhero movies. But, what if you could possibly mix the genres together? During the Aquaman junket, I got the chance to talk to Wan and asked him a question that I think many of us have wondered: Were there any other comic book properties that you would have liked to tackle before you unded up with Aquaman? And his answer was none other than The Batman. 

The director’s idea for the Caped Crusader wouldn’t shock you. James Wan is no stranger to horror and you get a bit of his classic horror elements in Aquaman, but if he got his hands on Batman he’d make it a full on horror film. You can check out exactly what James Wan had to say below. 

“In the past like most people I loved the idea of directing Batman, but a horror version of Batman. That would be a potential fantasy of mine, but I feel like he’s been done quite a fair bit. But, I do love the idea of doing an outright scary Batman. I feel like that’d be really cool.”

The reality is that Wan has his hands full with Aquaman, and although his idea sounds fascinating, he probably wouldn’t be able to do a Batman film as Matt Reeves is currently hard at work developing his own. Reeves’ The Batman is said to be a noir version of the Caped Crusader and will probably recast Ben Affleck for a younger Bruce Wayne. Warner Bros is hoping for The Batman to start production sometime in 2019 and we should hopefully get more news on that from shortly.

Would you like to see Wan direct a horror version of The Dark Knight? Sound off in the comments section below.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018.

Nathaniel Brail

Nathaniel Brail

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