Zack Snyder Defends Aquaman Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
August 10, 2014
Zack Snyder sounds a little touchy when it comes to folks poking fun at Aquaman.
While listening to sports talk radio in Detroit on 97.1 The Ticket (Hey, I listen to sports talk radio too – and Howard Stern!), the two morning hosts of the “Stoney and Bill Show” were apparently making fun of Aquaman. The director then called into the show to defend the character and sing a rendition of “Aquman’s Outrageous Song of Herosim” as well. OK, I’m kidding about the singing thing, but Zack did call in to school the two sports radio jocks on the coolness of the King of Atlantis…
“I don't want to give anything away about the movie, 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 he's Triton, so you have to realize that [he] could cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact. It's not to say that he's in the movie or anything like that," Snyder said, “but he has the potential to be badass!”
So, why would Zack call in to talk Aquaman if the character isn’t in BATMAN v SUEPRMAN? He wouldn’t, because he IS in the film – albeit a pretty small role I’m told.
Look, I’ll be honest here, OK? I totally get where these two sports talk dudes were coming from. To the mainstream, Aquaman seems like a goofy character. And quite frankly, I’m not the biggest Aquaman fan in the world and I’ve read comics my entire life. However, I do think an Aquaman film could be really cool - I’ve said that for years here on BOF. I'd absolutely LOVE to see one and would 100% support such an endeavor. BUT…
Batman and Aquaman in a live-action film together? Sorry, I’m having a hard time buying into that. I think – no matter how “serious” Aquaman is portrayed in a film – the possibility of Batman looking silly alongside that character can't be ignored.
Again, what works in the comic books and in animation is NOT an indicator that the same premise will work in a live-action film targeted to a completely different audience. As a fan, that's a hard fact to accept. It sorta sucks when something we love as fans isn't "loved" by someone else. That's a truth when it comes to ANY form of fandom.
And please, SPARE ME the "Well, Iron Man, Hawkeye and Black Widow worked in THE AVENGERS, so that means Batman with Aquaman will work too!" nonsense argument, OK? Non of those characters - Iron Man included - hold a candle to Batman. Batman is an iconic character and he's beloved due to the fact that he's "relatively realistic and relatable." Iron Man - and let's make sure we're taking about the Robert Downey, Jr. version of the character - is beloved because of, well, RDJ! And I'd bet a week's worth of pay - in Monopoly money, as always - that most of the "mainstream audience" doesn't even realize that Iron Man doesn't have superpowers!
Anyway, back to the topic at hand...
While the mainstream loves them some Batman, they make fun of Aquaman - ENTOURAGE anyone? And like it or not, it is an issue when it comes to including Batman in films with aliens, magic, monsters and superpowered beings. One more thing…
DC's Aquaman in the 90s - that was a GOOD look!
Hey Zack, we’ve met a few times bro and I’m pretty sure you read BOF. Dude, you are more than welcome to come on a BOF podcast anytime to set me straight too!
If you want to hear Zack's sports talk show call-in/defense of Aquaman, CLICK HERE.