This article contains SPOILERS for Justice League.
Jason Momoa describes one of Justice League‘s many deleted scenes that involved a polite interaction between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. The two DC superheroes – played by Momoa and Gal Gadot, respectively – don’t share much screen-time in Zack Snyder’s superhero team-up movie, though they arguably have the most in common with each other. Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, briefly mentioned that an ancient war occurred between the Atlanteans and Amazons, but as he told Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, that was “before my time.”
Unfortunately, the studio’s reported mandated that cut Justice League‘s runtime down to under 2 hours meant that a number of scenes had to be left on the cutting room floor. Man of Steel and Batman V Superman fans, as well as people generally irked by various aspects of Justice League‘s final cut (including Snyder’s son, Jett Snyder), are petitioning to have Warner Bros. release a Snyder cut of Justice League, consisting of all the movie’s deleted scenes. While it’s unlikely that Warners will release a true Snyder cut, if one were to happen, or if the studio simply released an extended cut with finished VFX work, perhaps that home entertainment release will include a funny deleted scene between Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
Among the many scenes that were cut was a subtle moment between Aquaman and Wonder Woman at the cemetery where Superman was buried. While Cyborg and Flash were busy exhuming Clark Kent’s body, Aquaman offered Wonder Woman a sip from his flask and she politely refused. Momoa described the scene (below) in an interview with Rajeev Masand.
“Remember that one scene we did, which got cut out of it? (Yeah, I know, and I love that one!) There’s this great scene ’cause I, like, pull out my little flask and am, like, here (imitates offering flask). And it’s Wonder Woman – she’s like, ‘No, thank you.’ She’s such a lady, you know! I’m such a – just a big dumb-dumb. She’s like, ‘No, thank you, Arthur.'”
Going based off Momoa’s description, it’s understandable why that scene was removed from the final cut, though it’s arguable that brief character interactions like the aforementioned deleted scene would not only have allowed for more levity but also may have heightened the emotional anchor that makes these heroes work so well together. Although Aquaman and Wonder Woman don’t necessarily speak directly to each other too much in the film, they did fight alongside each other in the League’s final battle with Steppenwolf and they may do so again in the future.
Momoa will next be seen as Aquaman in James Wan’s Aquaman film (which recently wrapped production), with Gadot reprising her role in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2, due out in November 2019. At the moment, the future of the unofficially titled DCEU remains unclear, but it’s possible that the two superheroes could next appear alongside (or against) each other in Warners’ long-gestating Flashpoint movie.
Source: Rajeev Masand
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