Zack Snyder Teases a ‘Badass Aquaman’ In ‘Justice League’

Published 9 months ago by , Updated August 25th, 2014 at 5:58 pm,

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Just as it seemed like Batman V Superman wasn’t going to be the hottest topic of DC Comics conversation – with an absence of major announcements at SDCC 2014, and Warner Bros.’ slate of other announced release dates – the film’s director may have given fans a major tease of what’s to come. When hosts of a local Detroit radio show (where BvS is currently filming) made fun of the idea that Aquaman could stand up to Superman, a man claiming to be Zack Snyder called in to tell them just how wrong they really were.

While neither Snyder or Warner Bros. have directly confirmed that it was, indeed, the director on the line, /Film reports that they have confirmed it with several sources (despite the caller’s voice sporting some differences from the one fans will be used to hearing come from Snyder).

We’ll keep you updated if official comments are made, but first, we present you with the facts: during a broadcast of CBS Detroit‘s “Stoney and Bill Show,” a man claiming himself to be Zack Snyder called in to take issue with the fun being poked at DC Comics’ King of Atlantis:

“You guys were disparaging, a little bit, Aquaman… I don’t want to give anything away about the movie or anything like that but… Aquaman has some cool abilities. People are like, ‘Oh what? Does he talk to animals? Because that seems like what he does. Or fish, or whatever?’

“The cool thing with Aquaman is his trident – people don’t realize that can actually cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact. That’s a thing that’s in the canon. And he’s super strong, because of course he can exist at these super deep depths so when he comes up here he’s like… he’s crazy strong. Anyway, not to say he’s in my movie or anything like that but… he has the potential to be bad ass, that’s all I’m saying.”

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To hear the full interview head here, but we’ve pulled out the most relevant comments to Aquaman directly. Snyder’s apparent defense of the comic book character is no surprise to anyone following the hero’s latest reboot. The mastermind behind the tougher, more self-aware (but just as troubled) Aquaman – DC writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns – has personally hinted that a role in feature films seems inevitable.

That’s a claim we obviously agree with, having laid out the reasons why the aquatic hero has all the makings of a blockbuster movie franchise. But Snyder’s comments are problematic for a number of reasons. Beginning with the fact that he has been notably silent during prior productions, and WB is apparently looking to keep any involvement of Aquaman in Dawn of Justice a “surprise.”

Given that, calling up a radio station – and volunteering that he didn’t want to “give anything away about the movie” himself – is odd, to say the least. It’s also strange that Snyder, known for holding DC Comics’ heroes in high regard, would attempt to justify Aquaman’s potential for legendary status based on the fact that his trident can make Superman bleed. While that may be true, it’s certainly not the aspect of the character we would hope to see showcased on film.

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Whatever the reasoning or angle may be for Snyder and Warner Bros. to provide this hint, these comments will once again have fans wondering just what the studio has planned for Aquaman, and whether Jason Momoa will indeed be playing him in Dawn of Justice. Even if the undersea superhero may be saved for a standalone film as part of WB’s years-long strategy, it’s clear that Zack Snyder is already thinking of how he could interact with members of the Justice League.

What do you think of the director’s comments? Are you happy to hear another person close to production defending the hero from name-calling, or would you hope to see more from a live-action version than just a physical threat? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: CBS Detroit (via /Film)

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  1. You don’t pull on Superman’s cape;
    You don’t spit into the wind;
    You don’t poke the mask on the old Lone Ranger,
    And you don’t mess around with Charlie Tuna!
    (Hmmm…that needs work….!)

  2. Aquaman is a kickass hero. It’s just that he has been made fun of so much by the media in recent years. Unfortunately,the Aquaman jokes influenced a lot of non-comics fans too. I’m eager to see Aquaman on the big screen, if it ever happens, but I’m not really sold on Jason Momoa… yet.

  3. Aquaman is super lame.

    • How is he lame? Because the TV told you so ?

  4. After reading DC for over thirty years, Aquaman has always been my least favourite of the old guard. I know he has a huge fan base of whom will vehemently argue how freaking awesome he is, but for me personally I just never took to him.

    However, I feel his presence in the new stable of DC films very important.

  5. Aquaman and Barnacle Boy against the Flying Dutchman. Do it now.

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  7. He may not be as large as Supes or Bats to most people but done right he can be made great especially if his powers are used smartly. Anyway here’s wishing for a great BvS plus Aquaman.

  8. Boring. Image needs to make more movies their comics were better than kiddie marvel and dc.

  9. man, all you trolls are ridiculous. i don’t get this hate.

    Obviously, the idea of aquaman has not been depicted well in the past. In fact, the aquaman i remember from smallville still makes my stomach churn.

    GIVE IT A CHANCE. can’t believe all the hate 2 years before the effing movie is even coming out. This is going to be awesome.

    All right. Cue the troll comments. Bring them on.

  10. Since WB has the Godzilla rights, can Aquaman call Godzilla?

    Seriously, if he can use Godzilla I think WB should use that, or at least Easter Egg it strong. I’m not up on Aquaman honestly but didn’t he call up the Kraken in the comics……Just make Godzilla the Kraken…..

  11. Snyder will turn Aquaman Badass,he will be King Leonidas bad ass of the DCCU,I don’t think he will be a comedic fish out of water like THOR.

  12. Okay seriously, I’ve grown up in a world where Aquaman is lame and I’ve yet to see any kind of discussion without that perspective coming up.

    I have also – more recently – seen a bunch of loyal fans decrying any suggestions that Aquaman is as lame as the media says. And yet…yet…as of yet, not one has actually demonstrated why he should be any kind of badass. Sure he swims and lives underwater. What else? He can call up sharks to fight? Two things on that: 1. That makes the sharks badass, not him 2. Regular normal people *accidentally catch sharks on fishing trips* all the time. Unless some super villain is going for a naked swim in the deep sea, Aquaman’s little parlor trick won’t stand for much. As for the trident that can cut Superman? That’s nice but again, that’s a piece of sharpened steel or whatever that someone else made; it still doesn’t show how what or even why Aquaman is able to contribute to anything among the Justice League.

    In all honesty for the most part I’ve been sitting back, thinking “Well hey, they could give him a standalone movie, and with the underwater element and nearly unique ways for him to deal with his underwater problems it could make for a cool or at least entertaining movie, I guess”. And I still think that’s possible – on his own. But for goodness’ sales can anyone actually explain WHY they think Aquaman is cool, besides just being able to pose cool and simply look badass? Cuz every defense of Aquaman has simply come off as empty, hollow and essentially meaningless. No, I haven’t. Read his comments, so that should actually make it easier for anyone to come up Witt a few reasons that may convince me otherwise.

    • *For goodness’ sakes.

      *No, I haven’t read his comics

      *come up with a few reasons.

      Sigh. Commenting on Screenrant by phone is nearly as unforgiving as I am of Aquaman’s feigned greatness.

    • Aquaman has impenetrable skin from livingin the deepest depths of the ocean, it takes multitople clips of high powered guns just to make a scratch. He is incredibly strong (about on par with Wonder Woman), he can jump multiple blocks at a time (like the Hulk), he wields an ancient Atlantian trident that can pierce anything, including superman skin; meaning he’s one of the few people that can kill him without kryptonite. He rules 75% of the world. Yes he can telepathically influence aquatic life, but that’s such a small part of what he does.
      He’s occasionally depicted as a radical king who will do anything to protect the ocean, including going head to head with the justice league.
      His newest incarnation shows that he’s not afraid to kill, and usually doesn’t think twice about it.
      He’s married to Mera(who’d a super babe)
      And he can be known to have a pretty nasty temper.
      But if all that still makes him lame than Batman should be the biggest joke in the DC universe

      • thank you.

      • Aquaman’s trident is not an ancient Atlantian weapon. That trident belonged to Poseidon. It’s a god weapon. Poseidon gave his personal weapon to Aquaman. Along with Aquaman’s physical and mental abilites, the trident of Poseidon gives him new powers, such as electric shock, summoning tidal waves, etc. He wields it as if it is a part of his body. Its his Mjolnir.

  13. Aquaman has been & always will be a running joke in the world of Superheroes, there is no way around that. You can’t make a joke tough, or a bada$$, it just won’t happen. They are far better off steering clear of this dumb character, especially early on.


  14. Obviously no one here has played Injustice Gods Among Us. Aquaman is certainly a badass in the game. Anyone agree with me?

    • hell yeah man, I’m unbeatable with him in that game. His combos are second only to Nightwing in my opinion

  15. Another thing. I’ve had a small theory that Aquaman summoned the whales that swam around Clark Kent in Man of Steel to investigate the oil rig explosion or to see if Clark was human or not.

    It’s a dumb theory, I know, but it’s probably just me.

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  17. Young justice Aqualad