James Wan Explains Multiple ‘Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom’ Reshoots

The first trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom finally arrives tomorrow, but before we get our best look at the final DCEU movie, director James Wan is already batting down negative perceptions. Rumors have been flying around about three rounds of reshoots, which obviously does not sound good. But in a piece with EW, Wan downplays the reshoots as having more to do with logistics than the film’s quality…

“We have big actors in this movie, and everyone’s schedule is really hard,” Wan said. “So, we had to break up our shooting schedule into sections. We’ll shoot a bit here now, because this actor’s available, and then we’ll do another shoot now, because this guy’s available. People are like, ‘Oh, they’re doing a whole bunch of different shoots!’ No. If we actually combined them all together, it’s actually not that many number of days at all.”

Wan has dealt with reshoot issues before, in particular with his Conjuring films, and those have turned out to be huge box office hits with generally strong reviews. Wan seems to know what he’s doing, and he’s not wrong that it’s tough to coordinate the schedules of so many A-list actors.

“Additional photography is never a negative thing,” Wan continued. “I find new things and I come up with new ideas. “The Conjuring 2” was the perfect example of me putting the whole movie together and then — bing! — a lightbulb went off in my head, and I go, ‘I know what I need to do.’ Same here as well.”

2018’s Aquaman scored the biggest box office of any DCEU film with $1.4B. Will Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom measure up? We’ll find out when it opens on December 20th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.