Zack Snyder Felt Compelled to Defend Aquaman on Detroit Radio

August 8, 2014
Source: CBS Radio


We've heard that "Game of Thrones" and Conan the Barbarian star Jason Momoa will be playing Aquaman in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but due to the shroud of secrecy surrounding the film, that has yet to be officially confirmed. However, CBS Detroit (via SlashFilm) reported that for some reason, director Zack Snyder felt some sort of inherent need to call in to a Detroit radio station to defend the honor of the underwater superhero from DC Comics. This isn't a prank call as it has been confirmed the director really called in to this radio station, and he had a juicy defense of Aquaman.

You can listen to the segment right here, but this is what Snyder had to say:

"You guys were disparaging, a little bit, Aquaman…I don’t want to give anything away about the movie or anything like that but Aquaman has some cool abilities. People are like, “Oh what? Does he talk to animals? Cause that seems like what he does. Or fish?” The cool thing with Aquaman is his trident, so you have to realize that it could cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact. That’s a thing that’s in the canon. He’s super strong cause of course he can exist at these super deep depths so when he comes up here he’s crazy strong. Anyway, not to say he’s in my movie or anything like that but he has the potential to be bad ass, that’s all I’m saying."

So that's Snyder not officially saying that Aquaman is in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that if he ever did come in contact with Superman, he could peel the flesh off his bones with his trident. Considering Superman has two weaknesses, kryptonite and magic (no that's not a joke), that would imply that the trident likely has some kind of fantastical powers, which adds a whole new element to the DC Comics cinematic universe. But again, Aquaman may not be in the movie at all. Or he totally could be. And Jason Momoa is probably playing him. Or maybe not. What do you think?

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Xerxexx on Aug 8, 2014


Doesn't Superman just have to hold him out of water for an hour....

DJROBL on Aug 8, 2014



Joker's hideout on Aug 8, 2014


His trident can also cut the skin of Batman but the Marvel biased media doesn't mention that.

Mike on Aug 8, 2014


First of all, we're not Marvel biased, we just haven't been impressed by DC Entertainment so far, and we're entitled to our opinion just like everyone else. Secondly, what does that have to do with not noting that Aquaman's trident can cut the skin of Batman? A regular knife can cut the skin of Batman. Zack Snyder talks about it cutting the skin of Superman because he can't be hurt by conventional weapons. Grow up.

Ethan Anderton on Aug 8, 2014


Dont you guys do separate articles when it comes to giving an opinion in terms of reviews etc? Your (and i mean you, not the site in general) articles always showcase bias for Marvel. Sure, you might have preference for one or the other and i totally dont care which, but why does that have to permeate into bodies of text that are "Movie News"? I thought taking a neutral stance was a matter of journalistic objectivity. You guys are awesome, you dont post any of those sneaky set videos or pictures and thats one of the biggest reasons i visit this site daily, but specially "You" fail in remaining neutral and letting the readers have a healthy discussion when it comes to marvel and dc movie news articles. Again, it doesnt matter what you like, you are reporting news, be neutral.

Anon on Aug 8, 2014


We've never been neutral when writing news stories, and that includes myself and Alex Billington. Our opinion is always included in each and every news article we write. We're a movie news blog, not The Wall Street Journal or any other standard news outlet, so we don't write objectively and consistently we aren't neutral when it comes to writing about movies. And again, there's nothing in this article that shows any Marvel bias or distaste for DC properties in any way.

Ethan Anderton on Aug 8, 2014


I love that I write a critical response to you. Nothing false in what I say, and you delete it. Bravo.

uninterrupted commentary on Aug 8, 2014


We haven't deleted any comments in this thread. We don't stifle opinions like that. If a comment got deleted, then it got flagged by Disqus or someone else and was removed.

Ethan Anderton on Aug 9, 2014


No. I have the screengarb saying the site is reviewing my comment.

uninterrupted commentary on Aug 10, 2014


did the same to mine too

KryuppKee on Aug 10, 2014


Okay, then you just answered your own question. That's what Disqus says when a comment is automatically flagged. You wouldn't have gotten that kind of message if we just went and deleted it. The comment would simply be gone and you wouldn't have been made aware of it. I'll check the comments and see why it's held for review.

Ethan Anderton on Aug 10, 2014


Your comment was deleted because it WAS an inaccurate attack on the site, and not actual commentary on the discussion and news at hand (which is ground for deleting comments and has always been the case for 8 years). This entire discussion got out of hand, and I don't understand why. I read your comment and appreciate your feedback (honestly I do), but at the same time I can easily point you to many many reviews I have written for non sci-fi films, both negative and positive, and to complaints about sci-fi films that have been released. I am a huge supporter of indies, as well whether they are sci-fi or not, and I will happily defend DC Comics movies (and Man of Steel) as well. Ethan may not agree, but we each have our own opinion. You are more than welcome to have your own opinion and that's fine, but the only thing that has changed as the site has evolved is our efficiency and focus on finding the news, and putting an emphasis behind what we support (in movies), and what we think is worth covering, whether that's more sci-fi or less Marvel, or whatever is the case. I'm sorry if you don't see it that way and you don't like the site anymore, your feedback is appreciated.

Alex Billington on Aug 11, 2014


Again, I didn't say anything false or inaccurate. I am not trolling you. You clearly took issue with what I said about you because you are defending yourself about my riff on you and sci fi films (and completely ignoring my very direct issue with you). Then you selectively delete things such as Ethan saying Firstshowing didn't delete my comment. Here is a tip, read whatever the hell you write prior to posting. Sure this got out of hand, and I still check your site, but letting Ethan or anyone run amok doesn't help when you spitfire respond to comments. I feel like this is part of Internet 101. Dont worry, I'll still be here and you'll get your clicks. Xoxo

uninterrupted commentary on Aug 13, 2014


Understood, and thanks again. Will do my best (traveling this last week - hence why these comments got out of hand) but I'll make sure to keep a closer watch.

Alex Billington on Aug 13, 2014


YOU havent been impressed, sir. Dont speak for everyone else.

Rock n Rollllll on Aug 8, 2014


That's fair. But when I say "we" I mean the collective folks at FirstShowing. And it was only with regards to be referred to as "Marvel biased media."

Ethan Anderton on Aug 8, 2014


Ethan, I enjoy your articles and generally come to your defense, but you are not being accurate in saying the collective "we"" at FirstShowing "haven't been impressed by DC." Maybe talk to your reviewer Mr. Jeremy Kirk who gave the 1st Thor film a 5.5 out of 10(looks pretty unimpressed by a Marvel film) also gave Man of Steel an 8 out of 10(looks impressed). So I wouldn't call your lack of impressive feelings about DC a "collective" (The Dark Knight was given a 10 out of 10 by Kevin, and TDKR an 8 out of 10 by Jeremy--sure, not part of the new DC universe, but DC none-the-less). So yes, Rock n Roll might be accurate in saying YOU haven't been impressed. But my advice to you Ethan is this: let's not pretend this site is anything but a blogging site with personal opinions from its bloggers, including you. And I don't say that as a slam, that's what I LOVE about this site. I don't get wrapped up in horseshit from one particular reviewer from a variety of magazines when I come here. I get a great debate on several movie topics by several people passionate about movies. Stay true to that. Own your opinion. So you haven't personally been impressed by DC? Okay! That's good! I can deal with that. Personally, neither have I Ethan, and I speak for myself when I say that. 😉

Quanah on Aug 8, 2014


Dude, how did you recall all those ratings for those movies on here, haha? Quanah, YOU impress me! (seriously, I am impressed).

JBrotsis on Aug 9, 2014


Well, the Christopher Nolan films don't really count as part of this new initiative, but yes, I see what your saying. And yes, I can agree to call my use of the collective "we" perhaps too much of a hasty generalization. But you're completely right about this site. We don't pretend to be anything but a blogging site with personal opinions, and we will never stray from that. People just get mad about the opinions they don't agree with, because our opinions are in every article we write, and we don't see complaints like that on every article.

Ethan Anderton on Aug 9, 2014


Don't change it Ethan. If this site became the Leonard Maltin of websites I think it would be a bad move. People get mad. No way around it. Can't please everyone. I'm sure you guys recognize it, but I think it's few and far between.

Quanah on Aug 9, 2014


Exactly right. All but personal opinions. Another thing most people dont seem to understand is you cant compare DC to Marvel on many levels, they are not creatively about the same thing and each have their own style of imagination. DC isnt mostly about superheroes and super powers as is Marvel, so the silly notion of always comparing one label to the other will automatically make an incorrect irrelevant argument. I have always been a fan of both labels but i have to say that the imagination behind DC is more intriguing to me due to the complex nature behind their characters such as Constantine, V for Vendetta, The Watchmen, batman, etc.., and i happen to love all these movies, of course, as Quanah explained earlier, these are matters of opinion and this is just mine. Bottom line is stop comparing the two and respect each as their own entity.

Rock n Rollllll on Aug 10, 2014


Is there crime underwater? I know next to nothing about Aquaman.

Reznik on Aug 8, 2014


He is an Atlantian like from Atlantis. He is of royal blood. He can telepathically communicate with sea animals. But that's all I know...

DAVIDPD on Aug 8, 2014


Shroud of secrecy...more beans have been spilt on DAWN OF JUSTICE than any film I can remember that in a while.

DAVIDPD on Aug 8, 2014


Aquaman is a real badass in DC's animated Flashpoint. He and Wonder woman have pretty much torn the world apart in their war against each other while superman has been kept hostage by the government when they discovered him, not the Kent's.

mooreworthy on Aug 8, 2014


Yet another Marveilte post brought to you by Ethan Anderton of first showing. A friend who brought me to this site has since stopped coming here because of the biased reporting. Personally, I think it's funny, but I could care less. Every site employs amateurs and Ethan is First Showing's. (Don't believe that, just find the biased headline he changed for the BvS article this week.) No matter how much Alex supports him, his articles don't come from a neutral perspective; which is what a good writer does. It's now to the point when I see a new article I look at the picture, the headline and then who wrote it. If Ethan's name is there, I usually keep scrolling. But I still love this site. Just wish they would get some new voices other than his.

KryuppKee on Aug 8, 2014


But do you really expect anything different from a blogging site, besides "biased reporting"? Even news agencies who are expected to be unbiased have worse reputations than blogging websites. I think your expectations are set too high. It's the bias that brings people here. It starts debates. It generates outside opinions. Personally, I think it's helped this site more than hindered. That's just my biased opinion though.

Quanah on Aug 8, 2014


when a journalist gives a ten out of ten for a comic book adaptation you should always think :what does he get paid for it...

Avi on Aug 8, 2014


Not sure what this means since I rarely review movies outside of Sundance, and have never reviewed a Marvel movie here. And the implication that just because someone enjoys a film that much, they must be getting paid for it is insulting and is a complete misunderstanding of how sites like ours work.

Ethan Anderton on Aug 9, 2014


Than I apologize that's simple and its my mistake to judge to soon.

Avi on Aug 9, 2014


How was this one biased? Aquaman is shit on all the time. As to the DoJ headline, it has nothing to do with allegiances - one went to a spring timeslot which is less valuable, and it was probably (or is obvious to guess) because it was competing with a big title. If Cap had gone to spring then it probably would have been the same headline.

OfficialJab on Aug 9, 2014


Again, we are not a neutral news organization. If you want the news without opinions, go read The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and The Wrap. Those are the main sources of news that present it without any editorial spin or opinions. We are a movie news blog. We do not leave our opinion out of any article we write. It's always been that way whether it's myself or Alex Billington writing a post. People come to read sites like this because we inject our opinion and don't just regurgitate press releases that studios and production companies give us. They want a certain spin on the news because they like discussing movies, and so do we. The reason the "bias" headline for Batman v. Superman changed was because the list of Warner Bros. release dates for DC titles arrived just after that, and we wanted our readers to know that there was more to the story than just the date shift. If Captain America 3 had switched release dates, the headline would have been the same. Do I like Marvel more than DC right now? Absolutely. Does that mean I want to see Warner Bros. DC and Zack Snyder fail? Not at all. And there's nothing in this article that gives that impression. If Warner Bros. can pull this off, then we all win, but for now, I remain skeptical, and was just as skeptical leading up to The Avengers, because no one knew how it was all going to work.

Ethan Anderton on Aug 9, 2014


I'm sorry, but I don't see this post as biased. Marvel is very, very good at churning out news that fans love to eat up, and we (for the most part) have to cover all of that. However, DC is far from matching Marvel and just doesn't have much to put out (yet), so we do cover what we can and that includes equal amounts of Marvel and DC news as it's released. What else should we say? I think it's important that we even covered this story at all, but we have yet to see how Aquaman even fits into the big screen universe at all. We barely have casting confirmation...

Alex Billington on Aug 11, 2014


Yesterday we heard this movie is getting a release in 2016 so do we get every rumor on this site to keep it in the highlights? Realy? I love Zack Snyder and his work besides the stupid movie sucker punch but this is ridiculous! If they got so much confidence in this movie they show it in 2015 at the same time as star wars...

Avi on Aug 8, 2014


I think Aquaman WILL be in Dawn of Justice as will Wonder Woman. I'm excited to see what they'll do with both characters. Of course fans were hoping for stand alone films for each of these iconic DC characters, but those could and most likely will come after Dawn of Justice. Jason Mamoa too? EXCELLENT choice to play Aquaman. The dude is badass!

Anthony Millsaps on Aug 9, 2014


Here's some droppings of knowledge I have on Aquaman: - Can telepathically command all aquatic life-forms. He doesn't talk to them per-say, he just nudges them to do things for him. - Here's a direct quote from on of the comics: "Fish don't talk. Their mind are too primitive to carry on a conversation." - Aquaman does eat fish. Shouldn't be that surprising, he lives in Atlantis. - His trident is indeed extremely powerful. There's an entire story arc about how it could cause cataclysms if combined with these other Atlantean relics. - Aquaman is the King of Atlantis... a lot of people know this already though I think. Atlanteans are extremely xenophobic, (Quebecois levels of xenophobic) so not only does he have to fight dangerous threats and evils all the time, he has to deal with bullsh!+ politics. - Under the water, Aquaman is actually faster than Superman. - Aquaman's wife/Queen is Mera. She can manipulate water into 'Green Lantern' style objects except she's actually more powerful. - If you're still wary of the "fish talk" thing, he's been known to command gigantic ancient sea-monsters... that should be impressive but people are hard to impress I guess. lol!

lewinston on Aug 9, 2014


Vincent Chase for Aquaman

rolyjimenez on Aug 10, 2014


Maybe Aquaman IS Wonder drag.

TheOct8pus on Aug 11, 2014

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