Although Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ movie universe began with 2013’s Man of Steel, next year’s release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will officially launch the DC Extended Universe on screens. The film’s major conflict will arise from the tension between Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman, but other DC heroes are set to make their debut, like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.
Momoa was confirmed to play Aquaman last fall and Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder debuted the character’s design early this year, though his role in next year’s DC tentpole film has yet to be revealed. While at the Fan Expo Canada 2015 in Toronto this weekend, the actor teased some aspects of his turn as Aquaman and responded to jokes about the character, but stayed quiet about the major details.
As filmed by ScreenRelish (h/t to CBM), Momoa took questions at Fan Expo Canada about how he will fit into the DCCU, saying generally that it will be “amazing.” Responding to the question of whether Aquaman will be a “chill” superhero in contrast to the serious characters of Batman and Superman, Momoa said, “I can’t see me busting out a bunch of jokes. I mean, I don’t think it’ll be like that.”
In terms of whether or not Momoa would be bringing anything from his past roles to Aquaman, the actor joked, “I don’t think Aquaman’s going to be raping and pillaging any villages,“ in reference to his turn as Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Finally, Momoa was asked to respond to the fish jokes made about Aquaman: “You know, it’s cute and funny, I mean people make fun of him and there’s a bunch of jokes about him. But I’m like ‘Well… just wait. Let’s just wait a little bit. And then we can make jokes…'”
Certainly, the first image of Momoa as Aquaman put an end to some jokes about his turn as the superhero, with the costume modernizing elements of the comic character while adding touches of Polynesian culture. Online reception to the image seemed to be generally positive, but as Momoa hints, his performance as Aquaman may put any lingering fish jokes to bed.
Though Momoa was happy to offer tidbits of what to expect (or what to not expect) from Aquaman, there were just as many questions that the actor refused to answer. For instance, when asked about whether he would ever dye his hair blonde for the role, he said fans would have to wait and see – though it seems unlikely at this point given the character’s design. As to whether Batman V Superman viewers should expect to see Aquaman in direct conflict with either titular character, the actor admitted he couldn’t say.
Most reports about Aquaman’s role in Batman V Superman have indicated he will only appear briefly. One rumor claimed Aquaman would appear on Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) list of metahumans, and at the end when Batman is assembling the Justice League. However, a newer rumor stated Aquaman would appear as a captive on surveillance footage obtained by LexCorp. Though details about Aquaman’s role in Batman V Superman haven’t been officially revealed, the rumors and Momoa’s non-answer seem to indicate it will veer toward a cameo rather than anything more substantial.
Still, fans eagerly excited to see Momoa as Aquaman will likely get their first glimpse in Batman V Superman before he goes on to appear in Justice League the following year, and his own standalone film the year after that. Perhaps, as those films grow closer, Momoa will be able to give more concrete answers about his turn as the Atlantean King.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman Solo Films will be coming at dates TBD.