At one time, Mud director Jeff Nichols was in talks to direct Warner Bros. Aquaman film, but the director backed out, with the project passing to Furious 7 director James Wan. Now, Nichols explains why he left the project.
“With the DC universe, so many parts of it had been activated and so many decisions had already been made that it felt more and more — and Warner Bros. agreed — that it was me trying to jump on a moving train,” Nichols explained to ScreenCrush. “That’s not so much what I’m good at. I’m more of a ground up kinda guy.”
For that same reason, Nichols says he would likely not consider directing a different film in the same interconnected universe.
“Not really. Because, it’s all a connected universe. And it should be. And I was an advocate of that. The decisions that Zack [Snyder] is going to make in Batman vs. Superman, those all connect to things that are going to happen in Justice League and all that. And I was a huge comic book nerd, so I know all these characters and they all need to be beautifully webbed together. I was just far enough on the outside that I could develop things in a vacuum all day long but it wasn’t going to line up with everything they had planned.”
Aquaman is set to hit theaters July 27, 2018 while actor Jason Momoa will debut as the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25.