As Aquaman hurtles towards its conclusion, Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry and Amber Heard’s Mera share a long, passionate kiss before he goes to battle his half-brother Orm -- but not all audiences got to share in the moment.
According to reports via Rereleases News, fans in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia took to social media to ask about the kiss, which was not available when they saw the movie in theaters.
Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most heavily censored media environments in the world, as all media content must be approved before it airs to the public; the country’s 35-year theater ban was finally lifted only last year. In Indonesia, state agency Lembaga Sensor Film (Film Censorship Institute) screens films, TV series and advertisements for the country to make sure the content matches with their established standards.
The censorship apparently didn’t apply to the kiss shared by Arthur's parents Queen Atlanna and Thomas Curry, portrayed by actors Nicole Kidman and Temuera Morrison. The modified film’s run time was 142 minutes compared to the original run time of 143 minutes and 8 seconds. The kiss may have been removed because it was deemed too long or too passionate for the country’s audiences.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm, 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 is now in theaters nationwide.