Jason Momoa Talks Aquaman Origin Story and Batman v Superman
After being rumored to play Aquaman for almost a full year, Warner Bros. finally confirmed last week that Jason Momoa will in fact play the King of Atlantis in Justice League and his own stand-alone adventure. The actor made an appearance at Walker Con in Atlanta over the weekend, where he gave his first public comments about the role.
When asked about the level of secrecy involved in his casting, the actor said he tried to respect Warner Bros.' wishes to keep his casting a secret, but it was very hard for him to do so.
"Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you've just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean, I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone's wishes. I'm really, really happy that I don't have to be quiet anymore, because that's really hard for me."
It is widely believed that, at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the entire Justice League assembles, which includes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman. This will lead into 2017's Justice League Part 1 and then the stand-alone Aquaman movie in 2018, which the actor believes will be an origin story.
"I don't know the director. I know about as much as you guys know. I know the Justice League will come first. That's really what we're going to focus on. I'm not sure if it will be [set] prior to Justice League or post. I don't know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from. It will probably be his whole origin story I would think...I mean I don't even want to get quoted on this s***. So I know we're going to do Justice League first. I don't even know when we're shooting yet, but it will be like 2016 or 2017, so there's plenty of time."
When asked specifically if he will be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actor wouldn't confirm one way or another.
"I really wish I could say something, but I don't even know. I found out some of the characters that are in Justice League that are casted that I didn't know. So you found out when I found out. And that stuff is pretty tight-lipped so I don't have anything to give."
The actor also spoke about his Polynesian heritage, and how he's honored to play a water-based character since it his family members are all "water men."
"Yeah, I did go to school for Marine Biology, but the cool thing is...the greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it's really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there's not too many brown superheroes, so I'm really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives. My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I'm not, but I'm going to go train with them. But it's really an honor just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It's cool be a part of DC's universe. I'm really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it. And Zack Snyder's a genius, so I'm really excited to be hanging out with him."
When asked if the actor will wear the green shorts from the comic, he hinted that there may be a different costume.
"You should use your imagination. I've got green eyes so they're going to highlight my green eyes."
He also spoke about the potential for romance in an ensemble like Justice League, or lack thereof.
"I don't think there will be a romance any time soon in Justice League. I think we're going to be kicking some ass. But I don't know for sure, because there's no script yet."
While it isn't known exactly what Aquaman story will be adapted for the big screen, the actor was pictured with a copy of Aquaman Vol. 5 #0, where the character is seen with a harpoon attached to his arm, in place of his left hand. However, he wouldn't say for sure which story the movie will be based on.
"It's really hard because you do these and they're like, 'Why's he looking at Aquaman? Why's he looking at this one?' So you can't really like research too much. When I was growing up, I really liked Spawn and Lobo. I read stuff like that. Lobo I was a big fan of. I didn't read a lot of Aquaman, but I am now, and I will do the research."
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