Casting for a comic book movie is never a simple task, but Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder showed that no matter how controversial a casting choice may be, fans and mass audiences will forgive quite a bit if the result is simply too cool to ignore. Jason Momoa wasn't anyone's top choice for the role of Aquaman in the DC Movie Universe, but the first image of the actor in costume as the Atlantean King shifted the discussion from confusion to curiosity.
Now the questions surround the hero's involvement, with hints that Aquaman could make his debut in Dawn of Justice ahead of a Justice League team-up or solo film. Now Momoa seems to confirm that his first appearance - and potentially even his character - has yet to be set in stone, simply trusting in Zack Snyder's vision for this new type of superhero.
As odd a choice as the Game of Thrones and Conan star may have been for the part of Arthur Curry a.k.a. Orin of Atlantis a.k.a Aquaman, it proved an effective way of dismissing the notion of a 'wimpy superhero.' At the time of the casting, we hoped that Momoa's Native American and Hawaiian heritage would inform a new type of Aquaman; one that embraced a tribal society alongside the modern, alien, and classical ones represented by Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
Luckily, that's exactly what we got. Momoa previously opened up about his own reaction to the costume reveal (well ahead of schedule), and now explains to USA Today that the demands and direction of the role has yet to be decided (unless he's keeping details to himself):
"You know, I don't know what it's going to be like yet. But I'm in for the long haul, and it's an honor. Zack [Snyder], you know, he had me at hello; literally when he told me what he wanted to do with the character and what he wanted to do with the world. There's no script written yet for certain things, but I listen to his ideas. I trust him. You just got to believe in that."
At this point, Momoa's trust in director Zack Snyder is as much a guarantee as Superman flying in Dawn of Justice. And it's not hard to understand why: though Zack Snyder's pitch for a new Aquaman may still be a mystery, the clear significance placed into traditional Polynesian tattoos and imagery - tattoos Momoa already possesses - shows that he, too, is seeking more diversity in superhero films.
Now that the world has seen how Snyder intends his take on Aquaman to look, fans are eager to see what story he has in mind. The idea was enough to sell Momoa for "the long haul," and with Snyder's past work on 300, it's no surprise that Momoa thinks the director is the right man to handle the Aquaman solo film as well.
That may be wishful thinking, since Snyder will have his hands full with the two Justice League films, potentially filmed back-to-back. And if the Aquaman film will be ambitious enough to set much of its action underwater, the production and effects may be a mammoth task all their own. It could prove a shame, since Snyder's flair for the theatrical in 300 and Sucker Punch seems more at home in the fantasy of Atlantis than any other Justice League hero.
Momoa's comments seem to imply that the Aquaman story is still being developed (fitting with reports that WB has two different scripts in the works), and that his exact role in Batman V Superman has yet to be decided (or, as previously rumored, is exceptionally small). The good news is that Snyder has plenty of time to figure it all out - which is good news for Momoa's children, if the DC Movie Universe is as "edgy" as executives claim:
"One thing that's really cool is I have a 6 year-old and a 7 1/2 year-old, and I'm known for playing rough characters and they're not really allowed to see those things, so it's going to be exciting just for my kids to see poppa play with Batman and Wonder Woman and Superman and so on.
"If it's really, really, really dark then obviously my kids-- it's not coming out until... 2016 is what, Batman V Superman? Justice League is like 2018? I think they'll be alright by then. They'll probably be like 'Dad we don't even like Batman anymore!'"
What do you make of Jason Momoa's comments? Are you happy to hear that Snyder isn't rushing to insert Aquaman where he isn't needed, or does the lack of a concrete plan seem cause for concern? Sound off in the comments.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016, followed by Justice League – Part 1 on November 17th, 2017, Aquaman on July 27th, 2018, and Justice League – Part 2 on June 14th, 2019.
Source: USA Today