With Aquaman set to swim into theaters nationwide next week, director James Wan says audiences can point the finger at him if the film ends up as a failure.
In an interview with The New York Times, Wan was asked whether he was able to put his on stamp on Aquaman, despite its larger connections within the DC Extended Universe. "It's pretty crazy. For as big a movie as Aquaman is, I could not have had more freedom," Wan said. "I had all the big tools and the budget to paint on a really big canvas, but with the freedom I had on, let's say, Saw or Insidious. So if the movie works, or doesn't work, I have no one to blame but myself."
While it's certainly admirable that Wan is already taking responsibility should Aquaman fail to pan out, early indications suggest that that won't be the case. The film is currently sitting as the second best reviewed film within the DCEU, coming in behind Wonder Woman with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 70% on 106 reviews.
If that wasn't enough, Aquaman also bested the Marvel Cinematic Universe in pre-sales tickets on the ticketing site Atom, beating out Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, while also raking in over $150 million at the Chinese box office in less than a week.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film hits theaters Dec. 21 nationwide.