Jason Momoa Aquaman Rumor Raises ‘Justice League’ Casting Questions

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 Jason Momoa as Aquaman Jason Momoa Aquaman Rumor Raises Justice League Casting Questions

As far as DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ movie universe goes, we’re so far into rumor and speculation right now that the nature and patterns of the rumors are about as valid and significant as the supposed information in the rumor itself. The studio’s big 2015 tentpole, Batman vs. Superman, has been a pop-culture focus ever since Ben Affleck’s Batman casting was announced, but since the end of 2013/beginning of 2014 it’s been the supporting cast of the film that has gotten attention. 

To make long weeks of rumors short: it currently sounds like Batman vs. Superman could end with a big Justice League team cameo – one that could lead into an official Justice League movie, which could potentially be shot back-to-back with BvsS. As such, additional DC superheroes (like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman) have been expected to make an appearance in the big cameo moment – and since we recently heard that characters like Martian Manhunter are off the table, focus has been on more traditional characters like Green Lantern and Flash. 

However, Aquaman has been a major character in DC’s post-millennial movement – including the New 52 Continuity reboot. DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer (and comic book creator) Geoff Johns has maintained vague teases that Aquaman is headed for the mainstream - while fans (and sites like ours) have been expressing more and more confidence that an Aquaman movie could be great.

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Now, according to Badass Digest, there is a name attached to the Aquaman role, and its Game of Thrones and Conan star, Jason Momoa.

Momoa has been rumored for Batman vs. Superman for weeks now – but in that same span of time we got confirmation of Dwayne Johnson also auditioning for a part in the DCMU, which naturally led to the assumption that he and Momoa were up for the same role – most likely a brute villain like Doomsday to counter-balance the intellectual threat of Lex Luthor. Since then, rumors shifted to Johnson being up to play heroes like Green Lantern John Stewart and Cyborg, not a brute villain, while Momoa has denied any involvement whatsoever.

Furthermore, certain sites claim to have sources confirming that a character like Aquaman won’t be in the BvsS Justice League cameo – which makes Badass Digest‘s claim that Momoa IS in the film and WILL be playing Aquaman that much harder to believe.

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Jason Momoa in ‘Tempted’

…That brings us back around to the point about patterns of rumors. Look, at this point it’s smart not to believe ANYTHING until we know SOMETHING more solid than we have; but you can look at patterns and make some educated guesses. If Johnson and Momoa were up for the same role, then whomever they were both up for is clearly the version of the character the filmmakers want in their universe.

Doomsday, Cyborg, Aquaman… big Samoan versions would be what we’re getting. That’s not such a big deal for Doomsday (mo-cap) or Cyborg (a non-white football star in the comics) – but Aquaman?

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NEXT PAGE: Momoa as Aquaman & Justice League Casting

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Batman vs Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015. Stay tuned as more casting rumors and confirmations are sure to come.

Source: Badass Digest

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  1. no doomsday, that would be a terrible mistake

    • I still think they’ll have the Martian Manhunter and he’ll be J’onn J’onzz… just sayin.

  2. I was thinking for Aquaman that guy that plays Finnick in The Hunger Games, that weapon in his hand that certainly looked like a trident, he was a badass with that

  3. Standard Adaptation Rules

    1. Studio makes questionable casting choices, doubters make their doubts know, fanboys tell doubters to shut the hell up, tell them they don’t know what they’re talking about and to wait till we get some trailers.

    2. Trailers come out, doubters still are not convinced, fanboys tell doubters to shut the hell up, tell them they don’t know what they’re talking about and to wait till the movie comes out.

    3. The movie comes out and if the movie sucks and gets terrible reviews, doubters claim they were right, fanboys tell doubters to shut the hell up, tell them they don’t know what they’re talking about.

    • you forgot
      4. The movie comes out, is good/great, doubters claim they were right the whole time about it being awesome.

      • Oh yeah, my bad.

    • Man… I bought this troll cross to ward off trolls….

      Yet here you still are.

      • That’s because I’m not a troll, I’m just a pain in the a**.

  4. I think josh holloway would be a better aquaman from what im hearing they have been looking into him

  5. Jesus Christ, make it stop already. This movie is heinous and so are all the stupid rumors. Mamoa…..seriously!???? Now I hope Cranston DOESN’T star in this travesty….

    • The movie hasn’t even started yet, so it’s hasn’t been made. Meaning it hasn’t been seen. But some how it’s heinous. Riiiiiight…

  6. really hope all this talk of Doomsday is BS

  7. I thnk WB/DC has a trick or two up there sleeves. Yep…

    • “their” sleeves…oops.

  8. This starting to sound like a Gossip show.

  9. I think Jason Momoa looks more like the character of LOBO. I could see Johnson playing LOBO as well.

  10. I’m really hoping the rumor of a Justice League film following Man of Steel 2 is correct, and I also think it is. I remember a rumor last year stated that Goyer and Snyder would be working on two Superman films then a Justice League film. Deadline I think reported it, a huge 3 picture deal!

    http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/06/11/zack-snyder-david-goyer-back-for-man-of-steel-sequel

    It’ll also explain all the rumors of DC characters appearing in Batman & Superman, which in fact maybe rumors surrounding another movie no one even knew about, Justice League. Makes a lot more sense.

    • True, makes alot more sense than my stupid theory, probably could have Superman or Batman watching tv flipping past news reports of the other heroes deeds, then have them go around recruiting them in the first half hour or so of the Justice League movie.

  11. Someone is clearly a big fan of his and keeps driving these rumors, or it is his agent. There were almost zero rumors for Gal or Ben. Jason and Dwanye keep getting rumored, much ado about nothing.

    • There were actually rumors of Affleck almost a year ago though not much else. There were also rumors of a list of actresses auditioning for Wonder Woman including Gal Gadot before she was announced. In the end, it’s hard to separate fact from rumor so we just gotta wait until everything’s announced.

      • I don’t doubt that both Jason and Dwayne are up for a future role. In fact I’d guess it is the same role. I’d further speculate that it is a villain.

        If they are being sought for Doomsday in Batman vs Superman than I’m worried. If they are being considered for Darksied in a subsequent film then I’m less concerned. Darkseid is going to be tough to cast, so I’m going leave that to the professionals. If Jason gets cast as Darkseid then I’ll assume they know what they are doing. Even though, someone cast a Batman who is 4′ taller than Superman. I still think that may look really weird.

        • I think Jason would work very well as Darkseid and Dwayne Johnson is probably better off playing a character like John Stewart. Sure Johnson is ginormous (doesn’t really matter since Darkseid would be CGI’d), but I don’t think he has the same dark presence Jason has. Plus Momoa’s glare is pretty creepy and would suit Darkseid’s character very well. Aha I don’t mind the height. With the number of camera angles in the film, I don’t think we’ll even notice.

          • Dwayne as John Stewart? Huh? Why? #1 he looks nothing like him. #2 He is taller and larger than the current Superman or Batman #3 There are dozens of actors who would be better at portraying John Stewart.

            I’m not saying that I’d cast either of the as Darkseid. I’m saying Darkseid will be tough to cast, so I guess either one of them could work. Both of them are large enough to play Darkseid.

            • I think it’d work. They don’t look exactly alike but it definitely isn’t too far off. He also sells me as a former US Marine.

              http://unrealitytv.com/dwayne-rock-johnson-new-green-lantern/

              Dwayne Johnson would definitely have more of a physical presence when standing next to Affleck and Cavil but why is that a bad thing? Not sure, but is Batman and Superman ever known as the ‘largest’ ones in the league? Cavil and Affleck can handle themselves on screen, they’re quite large individuals, even if they’re standing next to Johnson. I’m guessing you’re worried about the intimidation factor? Physical presence isn’t everything if you ask me. I think Affleck and Cavil’s gravitas in their acting ability will be more than enough the compensate for it.

              There are always going to be better actors for any role. While I think Affleck as Batman is great casting, it definitely isn’t the best and that’s okay. Dwayne Johnson has proved himself to be a solid actor, not my pick for John Stewart but someone I’d be more than okay with.

              In the end, I don’t think it’d matter if the actor portraying Darkseid or Doomsday is large or not. Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton didn’t have to be huge to play the Hulk.

          • WB/DC need to do all they can to get Idris Elba to play John Stewart.

  12. Who starts these rumors?

    • Your mom…*coughs* Oh uh…*scratches head*um…I actually don’t know…it must be cause they are RUMORS! Ya i think that, oh maybe the creators are just making hype for their movie to get fanboys all worked up! Then again, all they are doing is making people angry. Wonder why…

  13. I would prefer to see him as Lobo, but I could deal with him being Aquaman. I really like the idea of a Samoan King of the Sea.

  14. What if all these cast rumors are actually hints at solo movies…other than that stop posting these ridiculous rumors, we’ve had like 6 of them and all but one haven’t been confirmed. I’m very concerned that they keep sparking rumors by changing their scripts (maybe they are having trouble/plot holes)…

  15. a little off topic but i just got done watching man of steel again and im trying to figure out how does zod and the other 2 kryptonions that superman fights have super strength since there in there suits and therefore arent exposed to earths atmosphere???? i understand zod eventually takes off his helmet and adapts to the environment but whats the explanation for the chick and muscle head kryptonion????

    • …I never noticed that part…very good eye! Maybe it was just the gravity part so they are able to punch and jump faster and longer. That might be why they dudnt have eye-beams or X-ray vision

  16. Well since it starts filming next month they will have to announce something

  17. I’m growing pretty wary of the unfounded rumors and absolute silence of Snyder’s gang. Give us SOMETHING to feed on already!

    That said, at this point I would actually be pretty cool with Mamoa being Aquaman. I would love to see some legitimate diversity in there because onestly seeing the all-white justice league is objectively cool but I don’t relate to any of them at all. In fact right now the only black guys in the whole gang is a robot with a chunk of black face, and…an alien. An actual alien. Nice.

    But back to general diversity, I would really like that Hawai’ian/Samoan approach. Both because I have a lot of respect for them and because they seem to be the only remaining cultural group whose culture is still intimately involved with the sea. It would really fit – Samoans as the descendants of the ancient city of Atlantis. Sounds sweet.

  18. No Momoa. I think DC should take Marvels approach and cast Donald Sutherland as Aquaman. It would be great a season experienced Aquaman would have a positive impact on the Justice League.

    Naw just kidding Momao is fine with me. I just don’t want a wimpy Aquaman I want a badda$$ New 52 Aquaman.

  19. I’m enjoying this disinformation campaign. Nothing get’s more clicks than upset fans in the movie biz. Throw out a silly rumor every week or so and watch the marketing take care of itself.

  20. I could see him as Namor much easier than Aquaman but now I’ve crossed a comic line. :)

  21. did that say stunning??? yeah stunningly bad…..

  22. …how is this movie gonna flop?…..I’m tired of people assumeing that because this says dc instead of marvel its a flop. $668 million dollars says thay this movie made bank…..beat out all phase one movies except the avengers. Even beat out thor 2.

    With movies its all about the $$$. Man of steel was a hit despite mixed reveiws. Batman and superman was bound to be a hit just for the name brand alone. Add characters like wonder woman….or aquaman….and your utilizing a main stream name. Aquaman has become a shining jewel for dc comics. He’s constantly selling high and is even getting a second book come april. As much as people say aquaman sucks…he is clearly makeing a huge comeback. Wonder woman is also been a strong book seller since 2011 relaunch. And name brand sells big.

    Add in other popular heroes such as the flash…making a name on the small screen as well as plans for the big screen show that he’s got star power. Green lantern is dc’s hulk….we don’t want to mention the movie but it was made and changes need to be done. If that means making the gl in jl john stewart…I’m ok with it.

    Marvel has carved a nitch but movie fans and comic fans are seeing a change and marvel is moving to introduce gotg and antman….two reallly unknown francises to the masses….one right by bvs. Bvs has the name and power to overshoadow the shrinking man…who can control ants….so we all can honestly say we do not have a flop….we have a gold mine

    • +10000000000 I totally agree

  23. Aquaman is a no brainer. It’s Alexander Skarsgard (of True Blood Fame). He has the swimmers physique and the acting chops to boot.

  24. Trevor Donovan should be Aquaman he’s the total package http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1769806/

  25. I’d hate to see Aquaman towering over Superman.

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