Some cool new B-roll footage is giving us an interesting look behind the scenes of Justice League, including a funny scene where Batman awkwardly quizzes Aquaman about his fish-related powers.
Justice League – the fifth entry into DC’s shared cinematic universe – sees Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit a new team of heroes to take on the villain Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), a warlord from the planet Apokolips who’s come to conquer Earth in the wake of Superman’s (Henry Cavill) demise at the end of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. One of those new heroes is Aquaman, played by Game of Thrones veteran Jason Momoa. Momoa cameoed in Batman V Superman, and production is underway on his own film directed by Furious 7 helmer James Wan.
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Justice League is going to be our first proper look at Momoa’s version of the aquatic superhero. A new behind the scenes video from ComicBook seems to suggest the film is going to have some fun with the character’s often ridiculed powers. Check it out above.
More than any other character, Justice League will be attempting to make Aquaman seem cool and compelling to a wide audience. For many people Aquaman is still defined by the silly version of the character portrayed in the classic Super Friends cartoon. The character simply hasn’t had the sort of pop culture legacy enjoyed by his DC compatriots. Casting Momoa immediately sent the message that this would be a new, edgier Aquaman, likely owing more to the darker iterations of the character established in the ’90s comics than in the orange-shirted, fish whispering Super Friends version. The movie letting Batman take a moment to make a meta joke at the character’s expense is a nice way of acknowledging past iterations while making it clear this is going to be a very different Arthur Curry.
The clip also gives us a better idea of how Affleck’s Batman has changed since the end of Batman V Superman. This, along with other trailers and clips, have suggested Batman has moved on from his paranoia and nihilism that reach a fever pitch in his confrontation with Superman. This is a Batman who seems capable of cracking a joke, indulging in some self deprecation, and maybe even willing to make new friends. It seems like the surest sign yet of the DC Cinematic Universe’s attempts to reposition itself after the dark, gritty Batman V Superman was met with a polarizing response, and this year’s much more earnest, heartfelt Wonder Woman became a cultural sensation. Justice League is certainly hoping to carry forward that goodwill.