James Wan explains why he turned down The Flash to make Aquaman

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Jun 7, 2016, 6:06 PM EDT

James Wan is currently busy making the press rounds for his upcoming horror movie The Conjuring 2, where the Furious 7 director revealed he was actually offered his choice of superhero movie by Warner Bros.

Wait. What?

In a new interview with the good folks over at Uproxx, Wan revealed that he had been in talks with Warner Bros. to helm one of their comic book properties ever since he showed interest in being part of the DC Extended Universe back in 2013, when he directed The Conjuring for the studio.

The big reveal came when Wan -- whose particular niche is horror movies (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2) -- admitted that Warner Bros. actually let him chose between directing The Flash or Aquaman.

“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.”

The director then went on to explain why he chose the King of Atlantis over the Fastest Man Alive, and the reason is pretty simple: There have been a couple of versions of The Flash already, and he was much more interested in creating an entire new world. Here's what Wan said:

“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! Everyone makes fun of him! And I actually don’t mind that! What it allows me to do: I think people are a lot less precious with him than, let’s say, you were doing a Spider-Man or a Batman or whatever. 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.”

Although Zack Snyder will get to play in the Atlantis sandbox first with his upcoming Justice League, I'm waaayyy more excited to see what kind of underwater world Wan will create for Aquaman's big solo movie, him having a huge horror movie background and all that. How about you?

Starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Amber Heard as his lady love Mera, Aquaman is slated to make a splash in theaters on July 27, 2018.

(via Uproxx)