RUMOR CENTRAL: Is James Wan Leaving Aquaman?

By April 30, 2016
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Say what you will about their film universe, but at the very least Warner Bros. and DC Comics are keeping things very interesting. Following the madness of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and its divisive reception, this week has seen some serious highs and lows. First, there was news that Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns would have total creative control over their standalone Batman movie. Then came word that none other than Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller could possibly be in talks to take the helm on Green Lantern Corps. Good things here! Yay good news!

But then word broke yesterday that Seth Grahame-Smith had departed¬†The Flash over…wait for it…creative differences. Unfortunate, that. And now comes a new rumor courtesy of Birth.Movies.Death. that James Wan might want out of¬†Aquaman.¬†I mean…


Come on, guys. Get it together.

According to the report, Warner Bros. execs have been scrambling ever since Dawn of Justice came out, leading to several heated clashes with Zack Snyder over the direction of¬†Justice League.¬†Production on that film began shortly after¬†BvS¬†came out, so WB weren’t able to make any significant changes (like, say, removing Snyder as director) since that could have affected the already shaky box office situation. But the studio and Snyder have basically been clashing daily over the creative direction for¬†Justice League. That tension¬†has now bled over to James Wan and¬†Aquaman, as the report states:

According to multiple, reliable sources James Wan is feeling a tremendous amount of trepidation about¬†Aquaman. It’s important to remember two things -¬†Fast 7¬†was a very difficult process for him, even without Paul Walker’s tragic death, and James Wan doesn’t really need¬†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.

Again, this is still just rumor, but this site does have a pretty reliable track record. So…this isn’t great news.

Basically Wan is looking at all the nonsense going on with¬†Justice League and now The Flash and wondering if he really wants to put up with that headache. Which…I mean…why would he? BMD is right, Wan really doesn’t need this. He’s already a proven commodity and is certain to have a successful summer with¬†The Conjuring 2 and¬†Lights Out. If he does leave¬†Aquaman, he certainly won’t be out of work for very long. He’s been rumored for everything from¬†Mortal Kombat¬†to¬†RoboTech,¬†so he clearly has the upper hand here. But Warner Bros. and DC would be wise to do everything in their power to keep Wan attached to¬†Aquaman, as the prospect of him directing this film has been one of the few bright spots in what has otherwise been a cloudy DCEU experience.

Seriously, Warner Bros. and DC. Get your s*** together.

Aquaman is scheduled to be released on July 27, 2018.

Make sure to keep checking back for updates – right here on GeekNation.

Joe Ruggirello
Joe is a writer, retired comedian, and giant nerd. He's particularly fond of comic books, pro wrestling, and Godzilla. Oh, and that Star Wars thing. You can yell at him on Twitter @JoeRu23.
  • Shawn Savage

    As a rule of thumb, if it came from the mouth or the house of Devin Faraci, it’s likely imaginary.