If you wondered why Aquaman doesn't simply call in the Justice League for help in his solo film, actor Jason Momoa has a pretty good answer.
"I think it would cost a lot of money, probably," he told reporters with a laugh during a visit to the film's Australia set. "I don’t think we got it in the budget. But, I think it would be great. At some point, I’m pretty sure, y’know, if this does well and if that does well … Probably, the same thing that happened with Marvel, you know what I mean?"
It may be an obvious answer, but Momoa's comments line up with the latest push from Warner Bros. on its DC-based films. Rather than focus on sprawling, connected crossovers, Aquaman will continue the studio's push into contained, standalone stories.
Wonder Woman found success in that approach, and Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 will be follow Aquaman in that direction.
Of course, Warner Bros. could always pivot based on the success of those three films. With a handful of other projects in the works, from a Joker origin story with Joaquin Phoenix to a Birds of Prey film, the studio has plenty on its DC slate, so it could be a while before we see anything like Justice League again.
Arriving Dec. 21, 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 and Dolph Lundgren as Nereus.