Jason Momoa is excited about getting to set the stage for the Aquaman franchise for (hopefully) years to come. Momoa as Arthur Curry only appears briefly in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In it, he’ seen on a short video clip, as part of a larger set-up for Justice League. We’ll finally see Aquaman really shine as a character for the first time in that movie, which is set to premiere in theaters later this year and after Wonder Woman bows in with her solo movie.
Afterwards, just like Wonder Woman, Aquaman will also get his own solo film, as part of the ongoing expansion of the DC Extended Universe and its mythology. The Aquaman movie arriving in December 2018 will be the first time anyone will see a live-action version of the title character on the big screen in his own solo movie – and that’s perhaps what excites Momoa the most.
During an interview with GQ, Momoa spoke about playing the Aquaman role, saying:
“We’ve never really seen anything from this guy before, so it’s fun to have a level playing field. There aren’t like four Aquamans before me. I get to set the tone for it.”
Aquaman has only ever been seen in motion as an animated character outside of the comics. The only previous live-action versions of Aquaman were for the small screen, including Smallville (where Alan Ritchson played him) and when The CW shot a pilot starring Justin Hartley for an Aquaman show called Mercy Reef; not to mention, Adrian Grenier playing the role in Entourage, if that counts. The former TV series never made it past the pilot stage and Grenier, of course, was playing the actor Vinny Chase playing the character of Aquaman on Entourage.
Momoa also went on to describe how he defines the role, telling GQ:
“The guy was never really accepted on land, and he was never really accepted in Atlantis. He’s a half-breed. But he’s the best of both worlds. He just doesn’t know how to handle his powers. So it’s kind of a coming of age for a young man to a man, or a man to a king. He’s lost a lot of things and he’s got to cope. He’s an outsider.”
The character in the film will be a departure from the comics as he has usually been portrayed as a clean-shaven, blond haired and blue-eyed man wearing an orange and green suit. Momoa’s long dark haired and bearded take will almost certainly be a rougher take on the character.
Up to this point, Aquaman has always been a bit of a joke outside of hardcore comic book fans. His powers are usually summed up to “he talks to fish” but he is arguably just as strong as Superman and has an army of Atlanteans at his disposal. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman will finally give the character the chance to rehabilitate his reputation to the general audience.