A frequent topic this year has been the way Warner Bros- a studio that prides itself on being filmmaker-driven- has been somewhat unkind to its filmmakers lately. With Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, there was all that controversy that erupted when the studio forced director Zack Snyder to cut 30 minutes off of the film’s running time which resulted in a theatrical cut that many people found to be very lacking. Then there were all of the reports that came out post-Suicide Squad, that revealed that director David Ayer’s film was chopped up into multiple different variations and that he didn’t have the final say over what made it into the theatrical cut.
This brings us to some new comments from James Wan, who’ll be directing Aquaman for Warner Bros- a film that is part of the same DC Extended Universe franchise as the aforementioned movies. During a recent interview, the Aussie director made a strong declaration that he was firmly in control of Aquaman‘s destiny.
“Iâ€™ve been wanting to bring a movie to Australia for a long time now, and itâ€™s kind of hard because you donâ€™t really dictate where you shoot your films,” Wan told The Daily Telegraph, about his decision to shoot Aquaman in the Land Down Under. “But now, Iâ€™m in a position of power where I can say â€˜If you guys want me to do this movie, this is how Iâ€™m going to do itâ€™. It means I can make the film I want to make.“
He’s referring, of course, to the fact that he has proven himself to be a trusted moneymaker for Hollywood. Whether it be his smaller horror films- which have always turned a healthy profit, or his big budget tentpole Furious 7– which made $1.5 billion worldwide, Wan has a track record that makes him one of the most bankable directors in the world. With that kind of clout, it sounds like Wan is willing to throw his weight around when it comes to Aquaman.
I’ll admit it, I’m very curious about how Wan is going to approach Aquaman. He’s proven himself to be a versatile filmmaker as, even within his primarily horror-centric resumÃ©, he tackles different styles all the time. Did you read yesterday’s comments about his intention to make the film in the spirit of swashbuckling adventure films?
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Aquaman comes out on July 27, 2018.