Aquaman has been an enormous success for Warner Bros. and DC Films, with the superhero blockbuster proving a solid hit with audiences as it approaches the billion dollar mark at the global box office.
Nevertheless, some viewers were left scratching their heads after witnessing Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) paying his first visit to Atlantis, given that we’d already seen Aquaman in the underwater city as he attempted to prevent Steppenwolf from obtaining the Mother Box in Justice League.
Well, speaking to The Huffington Post, director James Wan has addressed the apparent “plot hole”, confirming that the ruins in Justice League was not actually Atlantis, but rather an Atlantean outpost.
“It wasn’t Atlantis,” said Wan. “I spoke with Zack Snyder [director of Justice League] early on, and Zack mentioned that the location that Aquaman swims to in Justice League is an outpost. So when he told me that was his idea, I was like, ‘Oh great, then I can actually have Arthur go to Atlantis for the first time.’ That’s very important for me, because he can go into it and have a wide-eyed approach to Atlantis and be in awe of it. I think that’s very important from a storytelling standpoint because the audience gets to experience Atlantis for the first time along with the character.”
Presumably someone forgot to mention this to the folks at LEGO, who put out the ‘Battle of Atlantis‘ set as part of its Justice League tie-ins, and it sounds suspiciously like a retconning, rather than something that was always planned. Nevertheless, it’s not specifically mentioned as Atlantis in Justice League, and so Wan’s explanation certainly fits.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman”, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.”
Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Ludi Lin as Murk, Michael Beach as Jesse Kane, Djimon Hounsou as the Fisherman King, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Otis Dhanji as a young Arthur Curry, Julie Andrews as Karathen and Graham McTavish as King Atlan.