While Zack Snyder's Justice League might not have been a critical or commercial darling, it still ended on an inspirational moment that set up new adventures for the DC Extended Universe.
According to Justice League and Aquaman star, Jason Momoa, Snyder's much-discussed original cut originally had a very different finale for Momoa's Arthur Curry.
"In Zack'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 a force coming,' and that I need to help, " he said an interview with WSVN-TV's Chris Van Vliet during a press junket for Aquaman.
"And I'm like 'I'm going home to see my dad,' and so I get in the back of a pickup truck, pound a bottle of something, and off he goes, the wanderer, you know what I mean?" Momoa added. "So that was kind of like the end of 'Justice League' where I was going - and then we cut to me coming home and run into a submarine and bang oh! Then go see pops and I think he's just going to get rooted again; I think he's been gone for so long it's just him trying to kind of come back to his roots..."
As it stands, Justice League ending simply showed Aquaman speeding through the oceans and swimming with whales, which left us to assume that he was returning to Atlantis. Now, it appears that this alternate ending was supposed to act as a direct precursor to James Wan's film where Vulko (Willem Dafoe) and Mera (Amber Heard) were found telling Arthur that he needed to get the Trident of Poseidon to stop his brother Orm, who's portrayed by Patrick Wilson in Aquaman.
In the past, Momoa has stated Vulko was cut from the film because of time, although Mera still appeared in Justice League when Steppenwolf attacked Atlantis to get a Mother Box. It remains to be seen what other influence Aquaman might have taken from Snyder's ideas, but it seems like there was at least some synergy between his vision and Wan's plans for the character.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on Dec. 21.