DC’s upcoming superhero sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been facing a barrage of negative press and hate from the franchise fandom over the last several months. But, the film’s director, James Wan, is here to say that the rumors surrounding endless reshoots couldn’t be farther from the truth. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Wan set the record straight, saying that the team “probably did seven or eight days” of reshoots, debunking the whispers that claimed the production took up an inordinate amount of time with refilling.
Aquaman 2 Director Says Reshoots Took About A Week
Explaining that the reshoot time for Aquaman 2 wasn’t anything to write home about, James Wan said that the only reason it was “spread out” was because of the stars’ busy schedules following the first round of filming.
The director added that doing the movie in bits and pieces was the way that the team was able to get it done as the film features performances from some of the biggest names in the biz including Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, and Amber Heard.
Scheduling Conflicts Made Reshoots Take Longer
Explaining that the reshoot time for Aquaman 2 wasn’t anything to write home about, James Wan said that the only reason it was “spread out” was because of the stars’ busy schedules following the first round of filming. The director added that doing the movie in bits and pieces was the way that the team was able to get it done as the film features performances from some of the biggest names in the biz including Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, and Amber Heard.
The Amber Heard Controversy
Aquaman 2 hasn’t just been plagued with trash talk when it comes to the suspected reshoots but has also had rumors swirling around just about every member of the cast. For starters, you’d have to be living under a rock to not know that many fans were upset with Amber Heard being a part of the film following her legal troubles with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. New trouble rose to the surface when it was revealed through a batch of notes from Heard’s therapist, that the actress didn’t feel much support from James Wan during filming.
James Wan Speaks Little About Amber Heard
Tying into the therapist’s notes was the claim that Jason Momoa was also not very supportive of his Aquaman 2 co-star, with Heard claiming that he showed up on set dressed like Johnny Depp, drunk, and would push for her to be fired. While he didn’t outright address any of these allegations in his Entertainment Weekly interview, James Wan said that he was “a pretty private person” and didn’t want to fully open his life to the media but that it’s been a “difficult” road.
The filmmaker said that what has been reported “is not the reality” and that while it’s certainly getting publications the “clicks” that they’re after, it isn’t the real “truth.”
The CGI Doesn’t Help Aquaman 2’s Troubles
On top of the personnel problems, Aquaman 2 has also sparked backlash from potential audiences for its questionable trailer’s use of CGI. Viewers were quick to jump on the patchy work in the teaser, pointing their fingers at James Wan and the rest of his crew.
DC Has Had A Rocky 2023
After what can only be described as a lackluster and disappointing year for DC, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the studios’ last shot of bringing audiences something of substance and value in 2023. The year kicked off with the box office blunder that was Shazam! Fury of the Gods and fumbled the pass with The Flash before once again dropping the ball with Blue Beetle.
While DC Studio co-heads, James Gunn and Peter Safran, may be moving away from the heroes audiences have come to know over the last decade, Aquaman 2 will prove if James Wan will sink or float with the future of Warner Bros. Discovery and DC.