Following a report from BMD explaining the precarious position Aquaman director James Wan finds himself in the DCEU after The Flash director Seth Grahame-Smith vacated the helm due to “creative differences,” chatter erupted suggesting he was definitely maybe departing the project. Now Wan has taken to Twitter to clarify the situation and reaffirm fans that he’s sticking with the Atlantean hero.
While Wan didn’t explicitly state, “I’m not leaving Aquaman,” he posted a photo of him standing in front of an image of Arthur Curry followed by a message to the fans that read in part, “You guys are killing me.” The filmmaker also advised his followers to not “attack” Devin Faraci, the journalist from BMD who first reported the intel — and there’s no reason people should.
Please, there’s absolutely no need to attack Devin, or anyone.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 2, 2016
Looking back on Faraci’s report, he stated:
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.
That’s by no means confirmation of Wan’s departure. Elsewhere, Wan’s excitement seemed apparent in various interviews regarding the project. He said back in March that he’s interested in revealing “a really different, cool, badass side” to a character that’s been “made fun of over the years.”
Jason Momoa will star as Aquaman in Wan’s film after making his first appearance in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He’ll next join Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg in next year’s Justice League: Part One.
Aquaman is scheduled for theaters on July 27, 2018.