‘Lord Of The Rings’ Director Peter Jackson Reveals He Turned Down ‘Aquaman’ Twice

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit helmer Peter Jackson turned down the opportunity to direct DC’s Aquaman.

In a recent interview with Empire, Peter Jackson revealed that former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara offered him the chance to direct Jason Momoa’s first cinematic solo outing as Aquaman. However, Peter Jackson him down not once, but twice.

“He said, ‘Are you a fan of Aquaman?’ I said, ‘No.’ Six months later: ‘Peter, are you a fan of Aquaman?’ I said, ’No, Kevin, I already told you this’ I’m not a superhero guy. I read Tintin… Look, films are hard. I only want to make something that I have a deep passion for.”

During the interview, Peter Jackson also mentioned that he doesn’t expect to make another feature soon.

“I don’t really anticipate making another theatrical film for a year or two.”

Aquaman was ultimately directed by James Wan, the filmmaker behind The Conjuring and Furious 7. The Jason Momoa starrer earned $1.143 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming the highest-grossing DC Comics movie of all time. A sequel is currently in development at Warner Brothers.

Based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, Aquaman was written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall based on a story by Geoff Johns, James Wan and Beall. Peter Safran and Rob Cowan produced the film, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

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.

Aquaman is now available on Digital HD, 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD while the sequel is currently dated for December 16, 2022.

Source: Empire

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it’s a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he’s no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we’re officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman and now everyone’s attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that’s around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

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.