[UPADTE: Other sources are confirming that Jason Momoa is Aquaman!]
Rumors are brewing thick around Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ superhero movie plans; the last few days have brought rumors that paint of very ambitious portrait for the evolving DC Cinematic Universe. A rumored lineup of DC movies point to upwards of three films hitting theaters per year, including everything from sequels (Man of Steel 2) and big team films (Justice League), to more art house prestige material (Sandman) – to unique hero team-up events (Batman V Superman and a rumored Flash/Green Lantern film).
In all these plans, however, was a notable absence: Aquaman. The character has quietly been positioned for mainstream exposure (comic relaunches, big debuts in the animated universe, etc.), but his long-rumored feature-film has not yet confirmed – nor has the long-standing rumor that Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has quietly been cast as the King of Atlantis.
UPDATE: THR is now confirming the earlier report that Momoa has been cast to play Aquaman in the DC Movie Universe, starting with his introduction in Dawn of Justice.
A website dropped a pretty juicy rumor report regarding the Aquaman situation – specifically how the character will be introduced into the DC movie universe. Needless to say, if you do not want details on how this is going to happen, then SPOILER ALERT – MAJOR DCU REVEALS MAY FOLLOW.
According to Hitfix, Aquaman will indeed be making an appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it WILL be Jason Momoa in the role. The King of Atlantis will reportedly be another person who is not pleased with the appearance of warring Kryptonians during Man of Steel – especially since Zod’s world engine damaged the Indian Ocean. No doubt that destruction prompts Aquaman to come to the surface seeking answers and/or retribution.
If true, this latest rumored scenario builds on the idea that the controversial Battle of Metropolis will indeed have big ramifications in the DCU. Already it looks like Batman, Lex Luthor and now Aquaman will all be looking to hold Superman accountable for the destruction, and the motivations of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman still remain unknown. Could the Princess Diana also have some gripe with the Man of Steel?
Story details aside, people are probably going to focus on the rumor that it is indeed Momoa who has landed the role. Playing Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones has cemented a certain image of Momoa in the minds of a lot of mainstream fans – but as you can see below, he can (and has) play a majestic man of the sea pretty well (thank his Hawaiian upbringing). We also presume that his version of the character will borrow from the more regal/militant bruiser version we saw in Flashpoint Paradox and other such DC titles. As we have said several times before: This casting could work.
It seems that a LOT of big things are brewing over at DC/WB, and the time is getting close where these rumors will cease, and the official casting and film plan announcements will get be made. All reports seem to indicate that Comic Con 2014 could be the major launchpad for the next level of the DCU – and with the rumored lineup of films and cast members we keep getting, they may be poised to steal the show this year.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.
Update source: THR