Back in October, Warner Bros. finally confirmed that Jason Momoa is the new Aquaman, after months of speculation, some of which was fueled by the actor himself. Momoa will likely be introduced as Aquaman in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which reportedly assembles the entire Justice League for the first time before Justice League Part 1 hits theaters in 2017. While promoting the second season of his Sundance Channel series The Red Road, the Hawaiian-born actor revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast that he is proud to represent islanders as Aquaman.
"I've had to bust ass to be in this industry. A lot of things are very black and white. Aquaman is especially cool because being a Kanaka Maoli-being Hawaiian-our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that. And I'm someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It's cool that there's a brown-skinned superhero."
After his reported introduction in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actor will shoot Justice League Part 1 (November 11, 2017), followed by his stand-alone Aquaman (July 27, 2018) movie and Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019). After spending years toiling away in bit parts for film and television, Jason Momoa revealed he's glad that his future in the DC movie universe is already set, and to star in a movie that his young children will finally get to watch.
"It's awesome as an actor to know what your future is going to be because I have children and I've busted my ass to put food on the table. It's awesome knowing that I'm going to be in Justice League because my son is the biggest Batman fan and my daughter loves Wonder Woman. It'll be cool for them to see me in something because they're not going to be watching Game of Thrones or The Red Road anytime soon, but now they can see Daddy kicking ass in IMAX."
The Aquaman role essentially brings the actor's career full circle, since his first major role was as lifeguard Jason Ioane in Baywatch Hawaii back in 1999. Here's what he had to say about how Aquaman brings him back to the sea in a much different way.
"It's a trip. I spent 15 years trying to dig myself out of the Baywatch hole, and now I'm Aquaman. Life is very good."