Jason Momoa’s Aquaman has appeared in three DCEU movies so far — including his cameo in Batman v. Superman — and the character remains a topic of conversation in the wake of the massive financial success of his solo outing.
A new rumor indicates that when Joss Whedon took over directing duties on Justice League, Aquaman was one of the characters he changed most, especially in the humor department — which Zack Snyder and James Wan then course corrected for the new movie.
According to Neil Daily, who reportedly oversaw test screenings for both Aquaman and Justice League:
“We could have gotten a whole movie about Aquaman basically fawning over Mera the whole time and making all kinds of dirty jokes and things like that and they really had to get away from that, which is all what Whedon had done, so Snyder had a little bit of an influence on Aquaman. James Wan was showing Zack Snyder – against the studio’s wishes – cuts of the movie and early test screenings and storyboards to make sure that they’re on the same page with what he originally wanted and Snyder gave his blessing of approval, bringing it back to what he wanted all along.”
Daly’s full interview can be found on the Fire and Water podcast.
Other than Wan showing Snyder an early cut of his film, this information hasn’t been confirmed publicly, but it does offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes perspective on the evolving DCEU film slate.