The disappointing critical and commercial performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has left the DC Universe grasping for stability. After rumours emerged that Aquaman director James Wan was second-guessing the job of helming the movie, he tweeted out a set of cryptic messages on Monday that fuelled further speculation.
Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death broke the news that Wan, who directed last year’s Furious 7 to $1.5 billion worldwide, was feeling ‘trepidation’ about taking on the project.
“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,” reported Faraci.
Wan tweeted a series of messages that only add to the speculation, saying ‘you guys are killing me.’
Just resurfaced from been buried in a foxhole for the last two weeks, wrapping up all things #conjuring2. You guys are killing me.— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 2, 2016
Please, there's absolutely no need to attack Devin, or anyone.— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 2, 2016
Just last week, Seth Grahame-Smith departed The Flash, another film in the DC Universe. The reason given was ‘creative differences,’ but Faraci says that it was part of a major shakeup that is currently happening at Warner Bros and they just didn’t want to entrust such a huge property to a first-time director.
With ‘major’ reshoots on Suicide Squad, a crumbling leadership, and ‘lots of fights between (director) Snyder and the WB execs’ over Justice League, the future of the DC Universe looks as dour as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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