Zack Snyder’s Justice League solved many problems that existed in the 2017 theatrical cut. We got Ray Fisher who properly represented Cyborg, a better Wonder Woman who is in sync with the Amazonian warrior we have met in her solo films, infinitely better visual effects, and so much more. But despite the countless improvements, Justice League still contained one big Aquaman plot hole….at least until the film’s writer, Chris Terrio, solved it for us.
In a recent chat with Vanity Fair, Terrio talked at length about the film, how he is totally not happy with how Joss Whedon and Warner Bros. butchered the film in 2017, and most importantly, why HBO Max’s Justice League still contains an Aquaman plot hole.
“I was not consulted on the order of the films, even though I was the person writing Justice League. They just determined that it was going to be Batman/Superman, and then Wonder Woman, then Justice League, and then Aquaman. So there was never any thought to how the world was constructed before they issued this edict. They said, ‘Conform to this schedule’,” he shared.
“The Wonder Woman script wasn’t even finished when I wrote Justice League. So I had no basis to write Wonder Woman other than Batman/Superman. Themyscira didn’t even exist. I was never shown anything on the page for it. I didn’t know whether people could talk underwater. That was a thing that I had to ask because I didn’t know if I could do underwater scenes with Aquaman and Atlanteans. It was all just from scratch because there had been no [solo] character films. So Justice League needed to establish three of the characters; it had to create a long game mythology for the DC Universe. It had to resurrect Superman because he was dead at the end of the last movie. I just don’t know how you could do all that in under two hours. Maybe the 2017 release proved that you couldn’t,” he added.
This means that the solo films should have arrived before Justice League did and as Terrio had no basis on which to frame the characters or their abilities, he crafted them as he saw best. As we know, after the major failure of 2017’s Justice League all films like Wonder Woman 1984 to the solo Aquaman film threw out any possibility of continuing what the film had started and hence the Aquaman plot hole.
For anyone who didn’t notice Justice League’s many Aquaman plot holes, the biggest one was how the Atlanteans manipulated water to form big air pockets to talk to each other. But in James Wan directed Aquaman, Atlanteans don’t do any such thing as they have the ability to speak underwater (amplified with an echoing effect).
This ended up giving Justice League an unintended Aquaman plot hole, which is just one of the many reasons that make Terrio call the 2017 version a “vandalism” of the story he wrote.
“When those personal touches were removed from the film in the 2017 version, I was silent because I couldn’t really say anything, but of course it hurt. All that remained was a dinosaur skeleton of what had been a great, lumbering beast,” he added.