Aquaman was a pretty fun film and it was also a pretty long film for a standalone first installment of a superhero film. Clocking at a little over 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film offered us plenty of insight in regards to Arthur Curry’s backstory via flashbacks. We saw his birth, his childhood and his adolescence (The relevant parts that is) but it seems that there were more left on the cutting room floor.
It’s not a surprise that some parts needed to be cut out for a theatrical release and thank god, cause it was already pretty long. The film had to juggle his origin and the tale at hand to reclaim his place as King of Atlantis. The film managed to do this but there was more that we didn’t see in particular a flashback pertaining to his ability to breathe underwater.
Director James Wan spoke to Comicbook explaining that they filmed a scene in which Arthur learned of his ability to breathe underwater. Wan hopes that this scene would make it to the Aquaman home release, saying:
“I count one or two scenes ultimately that I didn’t feel like it moved the narrative forward in a big way, and already I’m like the movie is a bit longer than I would like, and so you’re trying to find stuff just to cut down, and so there was one scene that hopefully will be on the Blu-Ray or DVD, and that is how Arthur learned to breathe underwater for the first time.”
It would have been cool to see but yeah, it was already bloody long and we kinda got the message after that aquarium flashback so it’s cool. Nonetheless, we’ll probably be hearing more of Aquaman in the future and we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in action moving forward.