- Director Jeff Nichols had a much darker vision for an Aquaman movie.
- Nichols’ version would have focused on environmental issues and personal character development.
- However, Warner Bros. chose James Wan’s lighter-toned version for production.
Jeff Nichols, the talented director behind films such as “Mud” and “Midnight Special,” has revealed that he had his own distinct vision for an Aquaman movie that would have been significantly darker in tone. The undersea superhero film ultimately went to director James Wan, whose version took a more light-hearted approach in comparison to Nichols’ concept.
In a conversation with the ReelBlend podcast, Nichols discussed how his approach to the film would have highlighted environmental issues affecting the planet today, incorporating them into the movie’s plotline. He was also committed to exploring the lead character’s personal journey, focusing on the struggle “to understand who he is and what his place in the world is.”
Despite the intriguing nature of his proposal, Warner Bros. opted to produce director James Wan’s version of Aquaman, which went on to become a major box office success. Nonetheless, this has not deterred Nichols from imagining his own take on superhero movies; the director expressed interest in trying his hand at it again at some point in the future.