Aquaman director James Wan was one of the earliest filmmakers to sign on to DC's expanded cinematic universe, but he almost wound up helming a film featuring a different Justice League member.
“It was, well, oh jeez, this would be a big tidbit: They asked me which of the two characters I’d be interested in and it was between The Flash and Aquaman,” Wan told Uproxx. “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.”
“I loved that Flash! But the thing that ultimately pushed me more towards Aquaman is I love the possibility of creating a whole new world. I’ve always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom. And also, I love the fact that Aquaman is an underdog character. I love the fact that people like to make fun of him. [Laughs.] I feel the bar is a lot lower and I can have fun with him!”
As for Aquman’s Super Friends fueled reputation as a dud, Wan says he feels that is exactly what gives him the freedom to build his own world.
“I felt like it allows me the freedom to just tell the story of the character I wanted to tell. And I think what I proved for myself with Fast and Furious 7, how I took on this massive movie and I was able to overcome the tragedy that befell the production – I think it really proved to everyone I’m capable of doing more than just horror movies.”
Aquaman made his big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice played by Jason Momoa. He'll next appear in 2017's Justice League, before getting his own solo movie, due for release on July 27, 2018.