Aquaman star Jason Momoa isn't big on all those jokes about the DC Extended Universe's sea sing.
While promoting the upcoming solo film, Momoa revealed he actually tried, unsuccessfully, to get a recurring joke at his hero's expense cut from Justice League.
Acknowledging the character's maligned ability to communicate with sea life, last year's ensemble film depicts Bruce Wayne asking his teammate on two separate occasions whether he can talk to the fish. When he read the exchange, Momoa approached then-director Zack Snyder about removing the references from the film entirely.
"I’m like, don’t put this line in there, because that’s all people are going to talk about," Momoa in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly's new issue. "Do you want me to make him cool or not?"
Despite Momoa's reservations, the lines remained in the theatrical release, through two directors -- Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon. "Do you talk to fish?" asks Affleck as the team prepares for Justice League's final battle.
"It's the water that does the talking," growls Momoa's Aquaman dismissively.
With the first trailer for Aquaman scheduled to debut next month at Comic-Con International in San Diego, jokes at the Atlantean superhero's expense may soon be kept at a minimum.
Arriving on Dec. 21, director James Wan’s Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, and Nicole Kidman.