Justice League became a film full of firsts in a variety of ways, with one of the most exciting debuts being Jason Momoa's interpretation of Aquaman, something we'll be seeing more of in his solo film. Despite the excitement surrounding his debut, some fans were disappointed with how one aspect of the character was handled, with Aquaman director James Wan assuring audiences his film will go a different route.
***WARNING: Spoilers below for Justice League***
In clips and trailers from the film, audiences got to see how Aquaman interacted with characters on land, but given that one of his most famous abilities involved speaking to animals in the ocean, fans were looking forward to how the film would convey this concept. Only one scene took place underwater, with Aquaman interacting with Mera (Amber Heard), in which a giant bubble of air was created around the two so that they could interact.
With Aquaman's underwater abilities being one of his most fascinating attributes, fans were disappointed at the "cheat" of avoiding any actual underwater talking. Wan took to Twitter to address the concerns over the character.
💪🏋️♀️ Fret not, no “air bubbles for dialogue” in my underwater world. https://t.co/rRbWp2Ejfd— James Wan (@creepypuppet) November 21, 2017
Thanks to films like The Conjuring, Insidious and Furious 7, Wan has established himself as one of the most ambitious and creative filmmakers currently working in Hollywood, and given the otherworldly nature of Aquaman, we feel pretty confident that the director will handle dialogue in a unique and believable way.
For as excited as fans were to see Aquaman on screen for the first time, Justice League ended up cutting a significant portion of the character's screentime, possibly to focus more on the established characters.
"[Zack Snyder and I] were kind of trying to establish that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed, and he was built up as a young boy, because he was fed all these ideas by Vulko--that he was the rightful king," Momoa told Gamespot of scenes not in the final film. "And he gets down there, and he's a half breed, he's impure, and I'm just made to feel like I'm this disease. So after that, I was like, 'f*** you, f*** you, I'm on my own."
Aquaman is slated for release on December 21, 2018.