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Director James Wan started off in the business directing 2004’s Saw, later followed by Insidious in 2011, The Conjuring in 2013, and Furious 7 in 2015. When he approached Warner Bros. chairman and chief executive Kevin Tsujihara to dip his feet into the superhero world, he was given a choice: The Flash or Aquaman.

Wan ultimately chose to direct Aquaman. “I felt the Flash had been done before,” he told The New York Times. “It had been on TV twice at that point. The one that had not been done was Aquaman.” As a fan of genre filmmaking, he decided to make Aquaman “a genre film, meaning a horror monster movie.”

He found inspiration from the Aquaman comics. “The comic book is just full of magical creatures and weird and wonderful worlds, and the only way to do an Aquaman movie justice is to pay homage to the 70 years’ worth of source material.”

Aquaman hits theaters Dec. 21, starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe.