James Wan Ready To Focus On ‘Aquaman’; Not Just “Director For Hire”


James Wan has begun talking a lot more about his upcoming DC underwater flick Aquaman. Speaking to Collider at the TCA’s, the director has revealed even more information about his instalment in the DCEU.

“Up until recently, I’ve just been super busy wrapping up all things The Conjuring 2 related, and then promoting Lights Out. Now that that’s out of the way, I can finally focus on everything Aquaman related. It’s been good. It’s been really creatively diving myself – no pun intended – into the world of Aquaman and taking that on board, and seeing the world that Aquaman is now a part of, with Justice League coming up, and taking that and respecting that world that everyone has collectively created. It’s about honoring that world, but also, at the same time, making my own movie, as well. That’s very important for me.”

So, it looks like Wan is now ready to spend all his time and effort on Aquaman, which he wants to make his ‘own movie’. This relates to the fact that he’s been working with head of DC films Geoff Johns to hash out the story for his movie. Wan spoke about working on his own movie within a larger cinematic universe.

“I’m not a director for hire. I’ve really only done one director for hire job, and that was Fast and Furious 7. If I don’t have a hand in creating it, then I’m not interested. I’ve been very fortunate, as a filmmaker, that a lot of things that I have created have gone on to be successful, and I take a lot of pride in that. They are giving me a lot of leeway to create and craft my story, and it’s been a blast working with Geoff Johns to craft the story and the world, and seeing how it all ties back into what Zack [Snyder] is doing, as well.”

One worry some DC fans might have about Aquaman is that it could end up too tonally dark, especially considering Wan’s background as a horror director. However, the director behind The Conjuring says there is no need to fear.

“Here’s the thing that people are getting confused, just because you have scary stories or monsters doesn’t mean that it’s tonally dark. Look at Guillermo del Toro, he makes monsters all the time, but his stuff is fun. Tim Burton does it as well. It’s about how you do it.”

It also looks like Wan’s not bothered about poor critical reception to both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, or he’s at least doing his best to ignore it.

“I just try to focus on mine, I try to focus on the positive. I focus on what I think I can create the best character, create the best story and make the best movie. That’s all you can do. I try to listen to what’s going on around me, and I think it’ important but at the end of the day, I have to be the one to make those decisions.”

Despite being scheduled for release on July 27th 2018, don’t necessarily expect Aquaman to hit theatres on that date. One condition of Wan signing on to direct the movie is that he is giving the time he needs to make what he believes to be the best film he can put together.

“There’s is a timetable of some sort, but I’ve made it pretty clear that if I were to get involved in this that I need the correct amount of time to do this right. That’s all I’ll say.”

This is particularly good news after reports that David Ayer was reportedly rushed when putting together Suicide Squad, which might have led to some of the problems with the movie.

Aquaman is scheduled for release on July 27th 2018, and you can next see Jason Momoa as the character in Zach Snyder’s Justice League next year.

Source: Collider

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  • MichaelSacal

    The report about Ayer being rushed is bullshit.

    Ayer signed on to write and direct Suicide Squad in September of 2014.


    Production on the movie began on April of 2015, seven MONTHS later.


    Hollywood Reporter claimAyer] wrote the script in like, six weeks, and they just went,”.


    It did not take until six weeks before filming began in April for Ayer to write the script. He had SEVEN MONTHS, which is plenty of time.

    Hollywood Reporter can’t even put a name to their sources, they’re quoting anonymous cowards.

    One Tweet from Ayer from March of 2015 in which he states he’s working on the script to make it the best, with a reply from Geoff Johns in which he remarks that Ayer has done his research.


    January 23rd, 2015. That’s ELEVEN weeks before filming began, NOT six.


    With one tweet, Ayer disproves the accusation that the script was written in the span of six weeks.

    • xxjinzaxx

      Outrage and misinformation sells. The current state of reporting is compromised, and rabid readers wolf it down like chum.

    • yb

      he’s not writing on the script during all 7 of those months. he has to write the script within 6 weeks (1.5 months) so that they can hold rehearsals, build sets, and schedule locations over the remaining 5.5 months.

      • MichaelSacal

        He was still working on the writing up to 11 weeks before production began. Writing is a constant process. He didn’t write it within six weeks. That’s absurd. Hollywood Reporter didn’t even name their source. You’re taking the word of an anonymous coward who might be a Marvel shill for all you know.

    • Maximillian Pegasus

      6 weeks writing the script before starting pre-production.