Aquaman director James Wan has been discussing the “weird” scenes that didn’t make the cut of his recent DC Comics blockbuster.
The film, which already hit box office records with its opening day, has emerged as a massive success and earned in excess of $93.6 million on the opening weekend.
The superhero film, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, is the sixth instalment in the DC Extended Universe and has the screenplay by David Leslie, Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall.
Jason Momoa famously takes the lead and is backed up by an eye-catching cast of Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.
Having enjoyed commercial success, Wan has been discussing some features of the film could have taken a different route all together. In an interview with Collider, Wan recalled how his co-writer Will Beall dreamt up a scene involving a prison break with violent sharks: “He had a really quirky out-there [sequence]…it wasn’t the studio, it was me that said, ‘I don’t know if we can have that in there, that’s a bit weird.’ As much as I loved it,” Wan said.
“He had this sequence where Aquaman has been apprehended by King Orm and he’s been thrown into this dungeon. Like this really awful prison deep in Atlantis. He ends up starting a prison riot, where all the guards are sharks. They were shark-guards, like all shark head and he kills one of the shark guards and the shark starts bleeding and then that starts a feeding frenzy among all the other shark guards.”
Wan continued: “It just went nuts. We’re talking like clouds of blood billowing everywhere and he uses that to escape. I was like ‘Holy crap, I don’t know if I can do that.’”