Jason Momoa's Aquaman, as well as his homeland of Atlantis, weren't always relegated to the limited screen time they ultimately received in Justice League. However, the actor insists there's good reason behind so many of his scenes being cut
“The challenging part is [the Justice League story] is only about a weekend in Author Curry’s life,” Momoa told Entertainment Weekly. “[Fans] might be like, ‘Why is he that grumpy? Why’s he hiding up there?’ We had it all planned out. A lot of things got cut. But it’s not my movie. It’s a huge movie introducing three new characters, and for myself and The Flash and Cyborg, there was a lot that was there we just couldn’t get in. It could have been two movies. We had some stuff with Willem Dafoe. The whole Atlantean part, about me being this reluctant king. There was no need for it because you’re going to see it in Aquaman. It’s not an Aquaman movie, it’s a Justice League movie.”
It's no surprise that, given the mandated two-hour runtime, some material was inevitably left on the cutting-room floor. In fact, we learned just last week that Dafoe's Vulko, who will play a prominent role in Aquaman, was cut from Justice League, because "There just wasn’t enough time in [the] movie."
In theaters now, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Directed by James Wan, Aquaman arrives Dec. 21, 2018.