We've only got a week to go until [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) is finally released, and thanks to preview screenings the Internet is being flooded with supposed spoilers and leaks. And yet, the fans are still suspiciously silent on Aquaman's role. Does Jason Momoa really only have a small cameo? Or is his role of symbolic significance?
Aquaman's solo movie will help to expand the DCEU, and he'll be a major character in the upcoming [Justice League Part One](tag:401267). But don't expect things to be peachy-keen between the Atlantean hero and his super-friends: writer Chris Terrio has also dropped hints that there might be some bad blood between Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
Role In 'Batman v Superman'
Admittedly, there wasn't much he had to say about Aquaman, and this is due in part to how small a role Jason Momoa plays in the film.
"Aquaman's cameo was more of a 'This guy exists in this movie because we have a scene underwater!' He has no mention after it."
Honestly, I'm not sure whether to believe this. It seems a shame to waste the introduction of such a powerful character from the DC Comics on a quick cameo. Having said that, shots from the international trailer have revealed Lois Lane in trouble underwater, so maybe Aquaman is saving her?
This would be more of a fitting introduction for the Atlantean hero. Albeit brief, Aquaman saving Lois would establish him as heroic figure, as well as providing a dramatically ironic connection to one of the supporting characters: Aquaman has no idea that the woman he just saved is involved with the superheroes who he will later team up with.
Lead-In To Justice League
While Dawn of Justice is primarily about the conflict between Batman and Superman, the film also has to set up the Justice League, and the future films of the DCEU. The involvement of Wonder Woman and other metahumans will likely provide this link.
When speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck talked about how important it is that Bruce Wayne see metahumans as something other than a threat:
"It inspires in him the idea that well, if thereÃ¢ÂÂs one of these kinds of people out there, then maybe there are in fact more. If there are more, then maybe thatÃ¢ÂÂs hopeful and also terrifying to him, because then they could make humans even more powerless Ã¢ÂÂ or they could serve on our side."
Although small, Aquaman's involvement in Batman v Superman could start to persuade Bruce Wayne that there are other heroic metahumans out there... that's if their paths cross. If not, then maybe Aquaman's role is just meant to be a bit of foreshadowing.
And it's worth looking out for a potential rift between Aquaman and Wonder Woman, when Justice League: Part One rolls around.
Tension In The Ranks
When speaking to Empire, Dawn of Justice and Justice League writer Chris Terrio described his research for the movies:
"For Justice League I could be reading in the same day about red-and blueshifts in physics, Diodorus of Sicily and his account of the war between Amazons and Atlanteans, or deep-sea biology and what kind of life plausibly might be in the Mariana Trench."
The war between the Amazons and Atlanteans, eh? Obviously, it's way too early to start speculating about the plot of Justice League. But it's interesting that Terrio would mention this mythical conflict, as something similar happened in the DC Comics's alternate universe plot-line Flashpoint.
Flashpoint features a war between the Amazons and Atlanteans, catalyzed by the death of Diana's mother and Diana's subsequent murder of Aquaman's wife, Mera.
Of course, it's very unlikely that Justice League would use such a story for the first team-up adventure. But if Terrio is researching a mythical war between the Amazons and Atlanteans, it's possible he wants to incorporate this conflict into the characters' backstories. Whether that means Diana and Arthur will have some bad blood between them, or if they're advocates of peace between their two cultures, remains to be seen.
In any case, we'll probably have to wait until Justice League to see Aquaman in action, but keep your eyes peeled for his cameo in Batman v Superman: it might be brief, but it's crucial to the wider story.