Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder may have had a larger role in Aquaman than initially believed.
Actor Neil Daly, who oversaw test screenings for Justice League and James Wan's Aquaman, claimed in a recent podcast episode of Fire and Water that Snyder had a role in helping Wan distance Jason Momoa's portrayal of the character from his earlier appearance in Justice League under Joss Whedon's direction.
"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," Daly explained. "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."
Snyder, who served as executive producer on Aquaman, cast Momoa for his DC Extended Universe debut in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Later, the filmmaker cast Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Vulko to appear in Justice League before leaving the production to deal with a family tragedy. Snyder was replaced by Whedon, who extensively rewrote and reshot the film and cut Dafoe's appearance entirely.
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.