‘Aquaman’ Director Shares His Thoughts on the ‘Batman v Superman’ Backlash

By June 2, 2016

It’s hard to think of a superhero movie that has received the kind of backlash and criticism that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did, with almost every critic giving the film a negative review, and it spawning dozens of fan petitions online asking for key members of the film’s creative team to be removed from the future movies in the DC Cinematic Universe. Suffice to say, the response was resounding.

For the other directors in the DCCU as well, that kind of response is likely intimidating in some way, even though a number of the filmmakers have kept fairly quiet in regards to Zack Snyder’s film, and have a mostly better track record than Snyder.

In a recent interview with Badtaste.it for his newest film, The Conjuring 2 as well, Aquaman director James Wan shared his thoughts on Dawn of Justice‘s negative backlash:

“I think it’s a world that is so difficult to control, and always expectations of fans are out of this world, right? No pun intended. I know how hard it is, from making Conjuring 2, how much anticipation there is just from the first movie. I think you do the best you can, and tell the best story you can.”

Now, it seems like Wan was careful to not actually saying anything regarding the film’s quality itself, and focused entirely on just the film’s response. He’s right though, because the expectations that fans have for comic book movies in general, especially the one that promises to unite DC’s holy trinity onscreen for the first time, are sometimes unrealistically high. The problem with Batman v Superman though, was that it ended up being basically everything we had feared it was going to be two years ago, but had mostly just talked ourselves out of in the time in between.

Aquaman is set to hit theatres on July 27th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable