Director James Wan almost took the helm in the upcoming movie version of The Flash. But the filmmaker instead chose to work on the Aquaman movie.
In an interview with Uproxx, Wan revealed that Warner Bros. had been trying to get him to direct a DC movie for them for sometime now. “We’ve been talking about it for a while,” he explained. “They knew very early on that I had said I would love to be a part of the DC Universe.”
He was even given a choice between two iconic Justice League members to work with. “They asked me which of the two characters I’d be interested in and it was between The Flash and Aquaman,” he said. Collider points out that Wan’s choice of making an Aquaman movie might be considered by some as “a bit of a surprise.”
The director did admit that he is also a fan of Barry Allen. However, he thinks fans have already seen too many versions of the character before. “This is how I weighed it: For me, we’ve seen various versions of The Flash… There’s a popular show on TV and there was a great one in the ‘90s,” Wan said. “But the thing that ultimately pushed me more towards Aquaman is I love the possibility of creating a whole new world.”
He also enjoys that Aquaman is not exactly a well-loved character. “I love the fact that Aquaman is an underdog character,” he told Uproxx. “I love the fact that people like to make fun of him. I feel the bar is a lot lower and I can have fun with him!”
He also thinks exploring Atlantis on film will be visually interesting. “I’ve always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom, he explained.”