There had to be a level communication when it came to what aspects of Aquaman were introduced in Justice League and what they decided to hold back on. Producer Peter Safran recently spoke to Cinema Blend about what director James Wan specifically wanted let out of Justice League and how they could do about complying with those requests.
Going into Justice League, before they shot it, there were a lot of conversations about the things that were important for James [Wan] to be the one to reveal – storylines that were important to him, elements that were important to him. We wanted to make sure that Atlantis was never seen before we show it. And so, there were those conversations with Zack [Snyder] and DC and both DC and Zack and the studio were all incredibly magnanimous about respecting those things that were important to James.
It was a collaborative process and one that Safran was very aware of. Aquaman wasn’t getting his debut in his own movie but as a supporting role under a different director with different ideas. They needed to make sure everyone was talking to each other so everyone was on the same page.
Throughout the whole process we’ve always made sure the storyline that we’re telling and the storyline that they told meld together in an organic fashion. There were conversations as recently as the additional shooting [on Justice League], just about, ‘We want to do this, well, what about this, how does it impact us?’ and everybody’s played very well together.
The main thing is that Wan wanted the freedom to introduce as much of Atlantis on his own and really get the chance to craft his own world without having to fall back on the aesthetics of someone else. He more or less got his choice — there was only one brief scene in Justice League in Atlantis, and it’s a scene that shouldn’t affect this next movie going forward.
Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Aquaman will be directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe. It will be released December 21st.