Warner Brothers' Justice League promises a lot of firsts for its catalog of DC comic superheroes - among them the first non-cameo appearance of The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman in a major motion picture. Unfortunately, the latter has historically had a laughable reputation, which is even touched on in the film's Comic-Con trailer with a quip from Bruce Wayne - "Arthur Curry, I hear you can talk to fish." Besides this, Zack Snyder's vision of the aquatic warrior is no one to be trifled with. Actor Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) didn't land all those great barbarian roles because of his comedic chops.
Having recently wrapped their work on the London filming of Justice League, Momoa has kept his fans up to date via Instagram on his numerous farewells before his return to his home in Hawaii. The most recent of these - a goodbye to Bull in a China Shop, a bar he frequented while in the region and his "home away from home."
In celebration of the film wrap, an Aquaman-themed ice sculpture was crafted for Momoa's going away. He repaid the favor by honoring the patrons with "a savage ALOHA."
Gal Gadot recently mentioned the fun of working with actors whose real-life personalities so perfectly embody their characters. She may have had a point, as Momoa's real life antics certainly seem to match the rough-and-tumble Arthur Curry introduced in the Justice League trailer. It's a tribute to Batman's bravery that he's willing to throw snark this man's way.
Director James Wan's (Furious 7) recently claimed that his upcoming solo Aquaman film will be a "swashbuckling action adventure... in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone." He also said that that it will be a continuation of the character's depiction in Justice League. Hopefully, this is an indication that, despite Aquaman's tough exterior (so clearly mirrored by Momoa), he has a vulnerable and lovable inner life that audiences will relate to. After all, the toughness of Indiana Jones is only half of the equation that's given his persona such lasting popularity.
How are you feeling about Momoa's embodiment of Aquaman? Is his hardcore persona the shot of testosterone the hero needed to recover from his farcical reputation? Is there another side you hope to see from his character when Justice League hits a year from now? Let us know in the usual place, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Justice League as they hit.
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020