The movie industry is, at times, peculiar. Despite Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sending shockwaves through the box office — breaking records and earning $862.9 million along the way — the critical response also registered on the Richter scale of directorial integrity.
Zack Snyder has found himself on the wrong end of flak suggesting he shouldn't get another shot at the DC Extended Universe, following 2013's Man of Steel and BvS. Furthermore, it was announced yesterday that The Flash director Seth Grahame-Smith has left the project over creative differences.
Also on the radar of insecurity is James Wan, who is tasked with the job of directing the solo Aquaman film. Just a couple of days ago, Birth. Movies. Death reported that sources at WB believe Wan is considering if he wants to continue. The article reads:
According to multiple, reliable sources James Wan is feeling a tremendous amount of trepidation about 'Aquaman.' With 'The Conjuring 2' and 'Lights Out' (which he produced), Wan will be owning WB's summer slate, bringing in a lot of money with movies that cost a fraction of 'Aquaman.' 'Aquaman' needs Wan, and right now Wan is trying to decide if he needs that hassle.
Well, Wan Has Now Responded On Twitter
Admittedly, the post is ambiguous, simply showing Wan leaning against a wall with an Aquaman mural behind him. Wan is looking at his cellphone pensively. Could this imply he wants to be seen reading the rumors and dismissing them?
Time For The DCEU To Sink Or Swim
The solo superhero movie, starring Jason Momoa in the lead role, will be released in 2018. It'll be the seventh instalment of the DCEU. Before its release, Momoa has already had a brief appearance in BvS, and will feature more heavily in the upcoming Justice League Part One alongside the stellar cast, including the recently announced Jeremy Irons.
Behind the camera, 39-year-old director Wan rose to fame with the independent horror classic, Saw, which was released in 2004. Since then, he has balanced lower budget (such as Insidious and The Conjuring) with big budget blockbusters (Furious 7).
Whether Wan stays faithful to Aquaman remains to be seen, but either way the pressure is on for the next installment of the DCEU, Justice League Part One, to perform better with critics than BvS, which currently has a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Aquaman is due for release on July 27, 2018.
Do you think Wan is the man for Aquaman?
Via: Cinema Blend