The undersea hero whose nautical adventures have been the butt of jokes in the DC world for decades has been making good at the box office and among critics. Aquaman’s been banking during its domestic run while doing even better over in China. It’s also at the second-highest Rotten Tomatoes score of all the DCEU films, lagging only behind Wonder Woman. But apparently 64% of critics and 81% of the audience represents the flip side of a vocal minority. There are haters out there, and director James Wan no longer wants to hear from them.
Posting on Twitter after what must have been a boatload of negative feedback dropped into his feed, Wan explained that if Aquaman’s detractors didn’t have anything nice to say, they shouldn’t say anything — at least not to him or fans of the film.
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“It has come to my attention that some folks are getting harassed by some fans for not liking AQM,” Wan wrote about certain audience members’ reactions. “Please don’t do that. Not the kind of support I want. Be respectful.” That’s a normal request. DC diehards and fans of big, brash, silly action should stand united — and it’s not like either of those fanbases have had a perfect run of late.
Wan then moves on to more general social media etiquette: not being cruel and not snitch-tagging.
“Vice versa, it’s ok to not like my film, but there’s no need to attack me personally, or tag me on hates,” Wan wrote. Tagging the director, actor, or other person whose work you’re criticizing is just mean. Nothing good comes from that, nobody needs an alert from some Joe Blow about how much they hated something they worked on for years. If there was a little less of that and a little more online tact, perhaps the internet would head towards Wan’s final request: “Peace.”
Aquaman is in theaters now.