If there is anyone excited for the coming solo Aquaman movie, it's #Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa. Ever since he got the role, the hunky Hawaiian has continued a steady stream of social media postings about how happy he is to play the water wraith, as well as what he has been doing in preparation.
And while Aquaman's entrance into the #DCEU was at first met with a tepid response from fans, after seeing him in the trailer for Justice League, we are more fired up than ever at the thought of Momoa owning the oceans.
Now that filming for #JusticeLeague has wrapped, it's time for Momoa to start focusing on his solo movie, which is slated for a late-2018 release. So many intriguing casting announcements have been made in the past few months, including Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master and Willem Defoe as Nuidis Vulko.
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As this will be a new interpretation of the King of Atlantis, there is set to be a whole different change in tone, as seen from footage for Justice League. A fresh take on the classic, watery character — who made his comic book debut in 1941 — just so happens to be one of the things that Momoa is most looking forward to as well. In an interview with GQ, he said:
“We’ve never really seen anything from this guy before, so it’s fun to have a level playing field. There aren’t like four Aquamans before me. I get to set the tone for it.”
Of all the superheroes that have been shown in movies and on TV, Aquaman has one of the fewest appearances. He's only been portrayed twice in live-action, the first time in Smallville, where he was played by Alan Ritchson of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The only other person to play Aquaman in live action is of course Momoa, whose fleeting appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was all too brief, yet so effective.
Momoa explains to GQ how he defines the role of Aquaman:
“The guy was never really accepted on land, and he was never really accepted in Atlantis. He’s a half-breed. But he’s the best of both worlds. He just doesn’t know how to handle his powers. So it’s kind of a coming of age for a young man to a man, or a man to a king. He’s lost a lot of things and he’s got to cope. He’s an outsider.”
Outsider or not, this new version of Aquaman not only looks awesome, but is something that fans have now firmly backed. This really means a lot, as for the longest time the depth dweller has been seen as something of a joke who was rarely take seriously in the comic book world. But thanks to this extreme makeover, it looks like for the first time Aquaman will be a superhero that DC fans will be proud to call their own, and much of that credit undoubtedly goes to #JasonMomoa and his willingness to give his all for this character.
The first time we'll be getting a proper good feel for Aquaman will be in Justice League, which is out November 17. Are you looking forward to seeing what Momoa brings to the table? Leave your comments below.