RUMOR: Aquaman To Be Initial Antagonist In ‘Justice League: Part One’


In the aftermath of the controversial release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the best thing we can do now is look to the future of the DC Cinematic Universe. And the future is coming, whether you want it to or not. On April 11, director Zack Snyder once again jumped behind the camera to begin filming Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Henry Cavill in the first installment of the Justice League saga. The ill-received story of Dawn Of Justice will continue in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the most iconic comic book super team ever.


In Batman v Superman, there were numerous references and scenes hinting at a coming war with the ruthless tyrant Darkseid. This has led many to speculate that the notorious villain would be appearing in the upcoming film. There certainly has not been a confirmation of this, andHeroic Hollywood’s El Mayimbe recently dropped a scoop on his new YouTube show Heroic Insider that might put the Justice League in better focus:

“Supposedly in Justice League, it’s a conflict, or war, with Atlantis early on in the movie. … Supposedly [Batman and Wonder Woman] go down to Atlantis. But Aquaman is not having any of it. And on top of that, here is something cool. The Amazonians and Atlanteans don’t like each other. They have a 1000-year-old conflict.”

Warner Bros. has set a precedent for testing out its new DC Films properties with animated features, whether it’s the Suicide Squad inBatman: Assault on Arkham, The Dark Knight Returns, or Aquaman withThrone of Atlantis.


Much like Marvel Studios has been playing the long game with its decade-old reveal of Thanos, it makes sense to gradually build to the galactic battle with Darkseid in the second part of Justice League. There have long been rumors that famed Superman villain Brainiac would be the intergalactic threat to bring the team together. What is interesting is that there has been very little talk of an actor being cast or even in talks to play any villain role in Justice League — which is curious and would certainly point to Aquaman being a primary antagonist, for at least the beginning of the movie.

At the end of Batman v Superman, there is a shot in which Batman is impotently looking at Wonder Woman and Superman, two godlike beings, battling the monster known as Doomsday. In this shot, it shows the vulnerability and fragility of the very human Batman. So, how will the mortal Bruce Wayne discover the underwater kingdom of Atlantis in the movie? El Mayimbe explains:

“In ‘Batman v Superman’ we see Batman on air, in the Batwing. We see Batman on land, in the Batmobile. This time in ‘Justice League,’ he supposedly gets a Bat-sub. Batman at sea. I mean, think about it. He’s going down to Atlantis. How is he supposed to get down there? Snorkling?”

Snyder recently described his vision for the first installment of the Justice League. He envisions Batman traveling the world, assembling the members, much like in the classic film Seven Samurai. Screenwriter Chris Terrio recently revealed his extensive research in both Amazonian and Greek mythology, as well as in deep-sea trenches and underwater life. Terrio’s research and comments certainly would line up with a showdown between Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

The way the conflict is described, it seems that it won’t last beyond the second act. There is still the unnamed threat that will ultimately bring all of these heroes together and give a reason (beyond Batman’s premonitions) for the formation of the Justice League. It should be exciting to see the project come together. We also should get some confirmation on these rumors soon — so stay tuned!

Source : Movie Pilot

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