James Wan’s “Aquaman” doesn’t really hold anything back – it goes for broke with its wild world which results in not only some spectacular and imaginative visuals but also some downright goofy moments that are silly.
The film gets away with these by embracing the absurdity, but Wan tells Collider there was a sequence in co-writer Will Beall‘s original script that they opted not to shoot as it felt a bit too crazy – even by this film’s standards:
“He had a really quirky out-there [sequence]…it wasn’t the studio, it was me that said, ‘I don’t know if we can have that in there, that’s a bit weird.’ As much as I loved it. He had this sequence where…Aquaman has been apprehended by King Orm and he’s been thrown into this dungeon. Like this really awful prison deep in Atlantis. He ends up starting a prison riot, where all the guards are sharks.
They were shark-guards, like all shark head…and he kills one of the shark guards and the shark starts bleeding and then that starts a feeding frenzy among all the other shark guards. It just went nuts. We’re talking like clouds of blood billowing everywhere and he uses that to escape. I was like ‘Holy crap, I don’t know if I can do that.'”
Of course, blood in a film immediately threatens to push its rating up past PG-13 so the sequence probably would have to have been cut anyway. As it was never filmed though, the idea scrapped at the scripting stage, sadly it won’t be available on a future home video release.
“Aquaman” opens in cinemas this Friday.