[WARNING: This post contains POSSIBLE SPOILERS for Batman v. Superman.]
While fans are still waiting for the much anticipated teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the director has been sharing promotional materials for his film by the way of still images of actors in their superhero costumes. Last year, he gave us photos of Ben Affleck in his Batsuit and Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman get-up, and just a couple of days ago, he provided moviegoers with their first look at Jason Momoa's Aquaman.
We've known for some time that the DC Trinity (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) would be featured in next year's crossover event, but it's becoming increasingly likely that the King of Atlantis will be joining them in March 2016. Momoa himself seemed to confirm his role when he called Snyder a "genius," and with the filmmaker putting out an official picture of the thespian in character, it would be logical to assume that Aquaman will be shown in Batman v Superman in some capacity.
So just how large will his role in the proceedings be? Many would agree that Snyder has an extremely full plate, as his new film needs to continue Superman's character arc from Man of Steel, and introduce moviegoers to new versions of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor while telling a coherent story that can serve as the foundation for Warner Bros.' blossoming shared DC cinematic universe. With an ensemble that already appears overstuffed, having Momoa take part in the film could be seen as giving the director too much to do.
However, those fearing that Dawn of Justice is going to become the latest comic book film to collapse under the weight of too many characters and subplots need not fret just yet. Badass Digest is reporting that in the Batman v Superman shooting script, Aquaman is barely present. Allegedly, he will appear briefly in two scenes: in Luthor's survey of metahumans, and at the end of the film when Batman assembles the Justice League. Other than that, he's not in the movie.
Several DC fans would say that this is for the best. As the title of Batman v Superman suggests, the meat of the narrative should deal with Kal-El and Bruce Wayne sorting out their differences before forming a friendship that leads to the founding of the Justice League. In this shared universe building era of Hollywood tentpoles, WB no doubt wants to include some hints at what's to come, which paves the way for an Aquaman cameo that shouldn't distract too much from the main plot. If handled properly, the studio should be able to have their cake and eat it too.
Aside from Aquaman's hardened new look, one of the major talking points about the image reveal was the tagline "Unite the Seven." Some thought that this could be a reference to the Seven Seas, but that seems very unlikely at this juncture. Arthur Curry putting together an underwater army would be a cool aspect to include in 2018's Aquaman solo film, but since this photo appears tied to Batman v Superman, it's more plausible that the poster is talking about a different seven.
In their write-up, Badass Digest all but confirms that the motto is a not-so-subtle nod to the Justice League, of which there are seven members. In addition to Aquaman, they say that Ezra Miller's Flash will also be making a cameo appearance, raising Dawn of Justice's "metahuman" tally to six (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash). They say that the script makes no mention of Green Lantern, but it's certainly possible that the character can be added during post-production if the part is cast in time. Remember, Marvel's post-credit scenes come together at the last minute frequently.
Earlier rumors suggested that Aquaman would be one of the characters who held Superman accountable for the destructive climax of Man of Steel, but it looks as if that thread is going to be left for another movie (if it's used at all). As eager as fans are to see Momoa in action, the DC shared universe in all likelihood would be better served going this route, since there will be plenty of opportunities to flesh Aquaman out in later productions. For now, a little tease is all we need.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters March 25, 2016. Aquaman will premiere on July 27, 2018.
Source: Badass Digest
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