‘Aquaman’ Director James Wan Talks Creative Changes at DC Films

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are undergoing some major creative changes with the establishment of the . The restructuring has been rumored to be pretty dramatic, but now Aquaman director James Wan is saying that’s simply not the case.

In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, the filmmaker shed some light on what’s happening behind the scenes at Warner Bros. and DC, revealing that creative changes aren’t all that dramatic.

When asked about the alleged drama, Wan said:

“To be honest, it’s not as dramatic as the press is making it out to be – from what I’m seeing. And right now I’m seeing everything as more an outsider looking into this box. So from that perspective, it’s really cool that it’s not crazy, crazy dramatic.”

But more importantly, Wan is a big fan of , the chief creative officer at DC Comics who’s taken on a top role at the newly minted DC Films:

“Geoff Johns is super talented, super smart. Part of what got me excited about the Aquaman character is his re-envisioning of Aquaman, the character, with The New 52. And that’s super exciting. And I’m working very closely with him, and I want to work with him very closely to shape the story that I want to tell.”

Jason Mamoa as Aquaman. Photo Courtesy Warner Bros.

Jason Mamoa as Aquaman. Photo Courtesy Warner Bros.

With the establishment of DC Films, Johns will reportedly have a major role in shaping the course of the DCEU. Considering his relationship with Wan, it appears the creator’s already influencing the course of future films. Still, it seems like James Wan might not have all the details about what’s going on, in part because he’s been so busy directing and promoting The Conjuring 2:

“Whatever these ‘shake-ups”’are, I don’t actually see them. If anything, like anything to do with my fricking career, I read about them in the trades, I read them all over the internet! And people are asking me this and I’m like, ‘Huh? What?’ [laughs] Just like I found out all these things. And so I’m not privy to necessarily what’s going – partially because I was so busy with trying to finish up Conjuring 2.”

There’s still plenty of time before James Wan begins production on Aquaman, so its less likely to be effected by current shake-ups. The film won’t go into production until 2017, and any executive changes or major creative shifts are likely to be sorted by the time cameras start rolling. And while Wan might not know everything that’s happening behind the scenes, fans should be more than pleased that Geoff Johns seems to be a key creative voice on Aquaman.

Aquaman is slated to hit theaters on July 27, 2018. Are you excited for James Wan’s entry in the DC Extended Universe? Let us know in the comments.