Zack Snyder's original Justice League ending featured a direct lead up to James Wan's Aquaman, Jason Momoa reveals. It's no secret that while Snyder got the sole directing credit for Warner Bros.' first superhero ensemble film, it was Joss Whedon who had the ultimate say on the cut that people saw in theaters. The former MCU director took over directing duties for the DC project when Snyder had to step away from the gig due to a personal tragedy. Whedon manned extensive reshoots that significantly changed the film's narrative.
It's been more than a year since Justice League was released but it remains a favorite topic of conversation among fans, especially considering the mystery surrounding the so-called Snyder Cut. Fans of Snyder have been campaigning for its release and while Warner Bros. remains mum about the issue, new details regarding the matter emerge every so often - the latest of which comes from Momoa, who details how the ensemble movie would've connected to Aquaman.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet to promote Aquaman, Momoa was asked how his upcoming film connects to Justice League and how Arthur transitioned from being a part of the team to his own adventure. As it turns out, Snyder's original ending to the DC ensemble film included a scene where he's with Mera (Amber Heard) and Vulko (Willem Dafoe) as they reach out to him for help, possibly because Orm is gearing up to wage a war to the surface world. Momoa said:
In Zack [Snyder]’s cut, we had it where I was with Vulko and Mera and I say that I have to go home. And they say there’s this force coming that I need to help. I’m like, “I’m going home to see my dad.” I get into the back of a pickup truck and pound a bottle of something and off he goes, the wanderer. So that was kind of the end of Justice League - where I was going. Cut to me coming home, and run into a submarine.
It's unclear if the scene Momoa is talking about was supposedly the end of the main movie or if it was a post-credits scene - something that the DCEU hadn't really done until Justice League - although he initially filmed the stinger featuring Deathstroke's meeting with Lex Luthor (Whedon, however, reshot a part of it) which many assumed to be a set-up for a Legion of Doom movie. Based on the actor's comments, Snyder included the perfect launchpad to Wan's Aquaman that would've highlighted the interconnectivity of the DCEU. Instead, the flick incorporated an early look at what would be the Hall of Justice, which would've been a great way to tease Justice League Part 2. But since Warner Bros. seemingly has no plans of pushing through with the sequel (at least for now), the scene now feels out of place.
Good thing the changes made in Justice League don't seem to have affected how Wan tackled his standalone project; it seems like the only difference is that the pivotal sequence Momoa described happened off camera. The movie is set after the hero joined the League in foiling Steppenwolf's plans of taking over Earth. Aquaman, however, will incorporate flashbacks to establish Arthur's life prior to Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) tracking him down. Trailers for the film revealed key scenes in the past, including how Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and Thoma Curry's (Temuera Morrison) love affair began as well as looks at Arthur's upbringing.
Source: Chris Van Vliet
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