Disappointed ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Star Dolph Lundgren Reveals Major Changes in Original Cut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The highly anticipated film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom reportedly had a superior original cut, according to actor Dolph Lundgren and others involved in the now defunct DCEU.

Speaking to sources, Lundgren expressed his disappointment for fans who saw Aquaman 2 in theaters, stating that the version that made it to the big screen did not live up to the quality of the original cut. Lundgren attributed the shortcomings to a “corporate decision” that limited the screen time of Amber Heard, who portrayed Mera. This decision, he claimed, resulted in significant changes to the script and final cut of the film.

Lundgren remarked, “I just realized that it was some kind of corporate decision that they try to limit Amber Heard and then I’m playing her dad and went along with it.”

The actor expressed his disappointment for both himself and the moviegoers, as he believed the original script and cut of the film were excellent. He saw no reason for extensive reshoots or alterations to the story, which ultimately led to dissatisfaction among viewers.

The debate surrounding the original versions of films released by the DCEU is not a new phenomenon. After the successful campaign for the release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League, it has become apparent that there is often a discrepancy between the final release and the original vision of filmmakers. Suicide Squad director David Ayer has joined the chorus of calls for a re-release of his original version as well.

Aquaman 2, which marks the end of the DCEU, unfortunately received lackluster reviews both critically and commercially. IGN described the film as a “buddy comedy” that struggled with subpar effects and a slow start, giving it a 6/10 rating.

Despite the disappointment surrounding Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, fans and moviegoers may find solace in the fact that the ongoing discussions and campaigns for the release of original cuts continue to shed light on the artistry and creative choices that often become compromised in the final versions of films.