Aquaman Had a Big Role in ‘Man of Steel’ and You Missed It
SPOILER WARNING: What you are about to read could be considered a whale of a spoiler for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so stop reading now if you strive to keep your comic book movie experiences 100% pure and are basically no fun to be around at all.
Still with us? Whew, good, we ditched those losers.
OK, so — you’ve likely already read that Aquaman got a nod in Man of Steel, when Clark saves workers from the fiery offshore rig owned by Merrevale Oil (a company that Aquaman has clashed with in the comic books). Clark goes down with the structure, is knocked unconscious and, as he is not the Man of Styrofoam, starts sinking to the depths in a blissful Messiah pose.
If that weren’t symbolic enough, a whale and her calf drift lazily overhead, and — waaaait a minute.
A scene from “Man of Steel.”
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Whales just happened to be there? Attracted to the toxin-belching, still-burning oil rig? Then there’s a flashback sequence, and Superman is at the surface. What. Happened.
On Friday’s Meet the Movie Press podcast, TheWrap’s film reporter Jeff Sneider says those whales, under the command of Aquaman, lift the sinking Superman to the surface — we just didn’t get to see it. Yep, Superman was saved by Aquaman’s whale friends — and we will see it in Batman v Superman.
How does Sneider know this? Just a little before the 30-minute mark, he reveals his source himself. Mashable’s attempt to get comment from the studio Friday was unsuccessful.
If this turns out to be true, it’s a pretty cool way to introduce a new character — with a tie-in to the previous film.
Disclosure: Sneider invited me to be on “Meet the Movie Press” today, but I couldn’t make the trek to Encino—the Los Angeles neighborhood where he records the show— which is in no small part why I listened through it to see what I’d missed. Sneider also told me about it in Toronto, but I was sworn to secrecy.
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