A popular fan theory about Man of Steel has been confirmed by Justice League star Jason Momoa. Momoa, who plays Aquaman, confirmed that his character and Superman crossed paths in an early scene of Man of Steel. In an interview with DC All Access, Momoa revealed that Aquaman played a role in saving Superman's life.
"In Man of Steel when Henry’s on the oil rig, he’s holding that up and then all of a sudden you see him up on the ocean, kind of floats up on the ocean," Momoa explained. "[Zack Snyder]’s like, I had [Aquaman] save him so that they’d get to cross paths at one point so when Bruce goes, 'You ever heard of Superman?' I have, and we have crossed paths."
The scene in question occurs early in Man of Steel, when Clark Kent saves stranded workers from a burning oil rig. However, he sinks into the ocean as the rig collapses about him. Superman is surrounded by whales as he sinks, which brought about a fan theory that Aquaman sent the whales to save him.
Justice League opens Nov. 17 and 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, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.