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.”

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.

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)