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James Wan explains why there won't be any Justice League cameos in Aquaman

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

While Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) made his big screen debut in last year's Justice League, the character's super-cohorts will not be showing up in his standalone film this winter, said director James Wan.

“I wanted to keep the story to the world of Aquaman and not have to worry about what other characters are doing in their films and how that would affect us," he explained to Entertainment Weekly. "I just thought the simplest way was to keep it clean — keep it simple and let it be an Aquaman story.”

Probably a smart move since the film is already packed to the gills (pun intended) with a lot of characters, including Mera (Amber Heard), Orm/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren), Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), and Nuidis Vulko (Willen Dafoe). 

Now, that doesn't mean we won't get some sort of small cameo in the post-credits sequence, which might tease out a potential Justice League sequel, or an upcoming projecy like Shazam!. Even so, Wan wouldn't let the wider DCEU interfere with the story he wanted to tell in Aquaman

“I told them I understand and respect that it’s part of a bigger universe but at the end of the day I have to tell the story I want to tell, and I want to develop the character as well,” he said. “It was something the studio was respectful about … in my movie he starts off one way and becomes very different by the end. It’s a classic hero’s journey. I equate our story to The Sword and the Stone, it’s a very Arthurian story about a journey to becoming king.”

A fitting description since the main character's first name is Arthur. 

Aquaman dives into theaters Dec. 21.