Jason Momoa is currently filming Aquaman, and he got a heartwarming birthday surprise on the set. This set, of course, is where James Wan is shooting the seafaring solo movie, which will be released after Momoa’s proper DC debut in Justice League. (That Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice cameo surely doesn’t count.)
The production of Aquaman has been shrouded in secrecy thus far. Some footage was screened at San Diego Comic-Con last month, but DC and Warner Bros stopped short of releasing it online for fans around the globe. Meanwhile, Black Manta actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been trolling his social media followers about a costume reveal.
Momoa’s birthday image, then, is actually one of the first looks that fans have had at the set of this fishy film. The movie's Australian sets have been kept away from prying eyes for the most part, but this image has been shared all over social media. You can have a look at it here:
I have never been so surprised in my life. 38 is the greatest to date. I love u my loveee my babies my friends and OHANA to my cast and crew. Mahalo for caring. It was so beautiful. Mahalos to all the warriors It was an honor. #mindblown. #roots #connected #mytribe aloha j mahalo @jasinboland
Isn't that sweet? A family – or rather, ohana - reunion took place on the set, and some native warriors dropped by to make the occasion even more special. And if you look at the front, there’s a pretty awesome cake featuring a trident-wielding mini-Momoa. There’s also a balloon, and who doesn’t love balloons?
Before getting to see what Momoa, Wan, writers Geoff Johns and Will Beall, and Aquaman’s impressive supporting cast (Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin and more) have cooked up, fans have to wait patiently for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. A new Justice League trailer just arrived online, in fact, but it’s essentially a theatrical version of the SDCC sizzle.
While fans anticipate Momoa’s Aquaman in all his big screen glory, DC Comics has been preparing for a change in the tides and the inevitable surge in the character’s popularity. The comic book version of Aquaman has been given a makeover to look more like Momoa, and there’s also been something of psychological reworking, to make Arthur Curry a cooler character akin to the ‘Batman of Atlantis’.
Borrowing a page from the Wonder Woman playbook, it sounds like there will be a flashback element to Aquaman. A nine-year-old version of Momoa’s protagonist Arthur was cast back in June, with Kaan Guldur taking the role.
Only time will tell how much of the film takes place before Justice League, and how much of it will be set after Aquaman's adventure with Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Ezra Miller’s The Flash.
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- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
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