Aquaman seemingly takes the DC Extended Universe into a new narrative region, however it kind of ropes in another Justice League member simultaneously.
The film’s post-credits scene indicates Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) being rescued by Dr. Shin (Randall Park), both of whom have different motivations to search for Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa). At the point when Manta awakens in Shin’s home, he sees a large number of Aquaman-related news sections on the divider, including one about how Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) had “nixed” rumours she was dating the Atlantean.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) December 28, 2018
While the feature makes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance, it has since been kind of affirmed on Twitter by the movie’s director, James Wan.
— Wonder Woman HQ (@WonderWoman84HQ) December 28, 2018
There is a touch of irony to this Easter egg, as it references Arthur’s time working with the Justice League in a moderately unobtrusively subtle way. It also kind of mirrors the “Flashpoint” storyline that was quickly considered as the plot for The Flash’s solo film, in which Aquaman and Wonder Woman have a romantic relationship that at last sets their kingdoms against one another.
And still, after all that, Aquaman to a great extent exists as its own entity from Justice League, something that helped a ton with creating the film’s story.
“It’s fun to go, like, ‘All right, well we haven’t really reviewed these finer aspects of the character, ‘cause now it’s my origin, so we’re connected to all those pieces,'” Momoa said during a visit to the film’s set. “So, it’s left open to go, like, ‘All right, we didn’t need to develop that for Justice League. That definitely was one of the hard things was going like, ‘Okay, here’s Aquaman’s life and here’s Justice League.’ So, I made up a whole bunch of different scenarios of what it was like beforehand, then he comes and he joins the team and then he goes back to his life. So, that was really important to all the forward stuff, because afterwards that was up for James to go, ‘Hey, the future is yours. You’ve already done Justice League. I need everything pre.’”
Things being what they are, could this certain Easter egg factor into a future DCEU movie, conceivably coordinated by Wan?
“I don’t know what the bigger picture is. But I think it’s really cool to take chances with the lesser-known characters and story lines,” Wan revealed in a recent interview. “It’s good if all the other films have their own flavor, so they don’t force them to feel the same.”
“It’s taken me so long just to finish this movie,” Wan said with a laugh. “I don’t want to think about somebody else’s movie at this point. I just want to survive this one.