He may be a walking punchline for some casual comic enthusiasts, but in the upcoming Justice League universe launched by Batman V Superman, few heroes are as poised to make their name – and powers – known than Aquaman. That may sound unlikely, but Warner Bros., DC Comics and director Zack Snyder showed fans had no clue what to expect when Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, The Red Road) was officially announced to be bringing the aquatic hero to life.
Now that Momoa has appeared at the Comic-Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the actor has offered up a fresh batch of details on his involvement in the studio’s superhero universe, reiterating his belief that Snyder’s plan is “genius.” Admitting he was forced to keep silent about his casting for months, Momoa’s four-picture deal (presumably Justice League Parts 1 & 2, an Aquaman movie, and potential cameo in Dawn of Justice) won’t seek to make the hero a household name – that’s already taken care of – but prove he can stand next to DC’s legendary stars.
To calm fears even further, those in attendance at the Con got a personal reassurance that Snyder wasn’t lying when he promised “a badass Aquaman” was on the way. More specifically, a “tattooed, Hawaiian” Aquaman:
Out of all the casting announcements thus far, Jason Momoa, a half-Native American, half-Hawaiian actor seems to be of singular nature. It’s easy to imagine Snyder and WB seeking an older Bruce Wayne, and turning to Ben Affleck; pursuing an actress seen as ‘exotic’ to American audiences, and signing Gal Gadot. But it’s hard to imagine anyone pursuing a version of Arthur Curry that was Polynesian, tattooed, and physically imposing, without having the actor who fits that rare mold perfectly in mind from the start.
That’s pure speculation on our part, but whatever the process that led to Jason Momoa landing the part, it’s proof positive that the Aquaman franchise is bound to surprise. Unfortunately Momoa apparently wouldn’t confirm or deny an appearance in Dawn of Justice, despite being seen in and around Detroit (where shooting was under way) during production. Although he is already voicing his hopes for the upcoming solo movie, and which director he would love to see take the helm.
Without an exact quote or footage, it’s best to assume that Momoa’s wish of seeing Snyder direct Aquaman in 2018 is just that; the director has enough on his hands with a two-part Justice League (although the inspiration poured into Man of Steel‘s Krypton would hopefully be replicated for the underwater world of Atlantis).
Going by past comments, it’s obvious that Momoa, an actor/writer/director/producer himself, has no shortage of respect and admiration for his newest creative lead. And considering Snyder’s past work in bringing supernatural/surreal action to life on an epic scale, his vision for Aquaman would be one that many comic fans would line up to see. With the film still needing to choose one of two scripts before moving forward, there’s plenty of time to get the other pieces into place.
We’ll keep you updated as more official comments are made available, and whether Momoa’s second choice for a DC Comics role – Lobo – was ever actually up for discussion. Do you agree with Momoa that his casting shows exactly what kind of Aquaman Snyder and WB are after? Do you still have concerns about such dramatic changes to the comic book source material?
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on May 6, 2016. Aquaman is scheduled for release on July 27, 2018.
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