Jason Momoa obviously enjoys toying with us. Despite pretty much everyone else in the world being absolutely convinced that the role of Aquaman is his, he's maintained a careful veneer of obliviousness when it comes to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, that hasn't stopped him from talking about the nature of the role at every available opportunity - and now revealing just how he would play the part.
Speaking at the recent Evolution Expo, Momoa was caught on video by Points of Geek discussing exactly what sort of superhero he sees himself being - and what that means for Aquaman - after initially being asked about the possibility of him playing Aquaman:
"I think it would be really, really fun to play a superhero. You know? I’ve always talked about, like, what’s your favorite. I mean I love Lobo so...You know. It would be awesome...I just don’t really see myself as a superhero...they’re kind of written a little different. I don’t know...I don’t see myself in tights a lot....I’m more of a, I don’t know, an anti-hero if you will. In life. So, not the smiling, parading to saving the world kind of guy."
This very much continues Momoa's long tradition of giving the impression that he could very well be playing Aquaman - but that he's got absolutely no idea about it himself.
All of this anti-hero talk got us thinking, though - Could Momoa really shape the famously clean-cut hero into a bad-ass anti-hero? Does Aquaman even have that in him? And, if he does, just how would Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice play out with Aquaman as an anti-hero?
Fortunately for us, the comics - as always - have the answers:
Aquaman: The (Not So) All-Atlantean Hero
Now, when you think Aquaman, most people picture that guy up above.
Clean cut, blonde, and wearing a tight-fighting orange and green suit that doesn't seem in any way practical. Which doesn't even get into the whole 'talking to fish' thing.
Which, in fairness, he totally was. Back in the day. His appearances from his 1941 debut through to the 1980s were, admittedly, pretty tame. That being said, throughout a good chunk of that time, this was Batman:
So we probably shouldn't judge him too harshly.
Come the 1980s, though, Aquaman begins to seriously come out of his shell. After saving the Earth from an alien invasion while all the 'cooler' superheroes were occupied elsewhere, he led the Justice League for a while - on his own, badass terms. His main focus? Making them into an actual team. You know how in all those stand-alone Marvel movies, none of the other Avengers EVER help out their buddies when trouble hits?
Yeah, Aquaman wouldn't be OK with that.
And that version of the hero? He's still far and away the most clean-cut Aquaman has been in decades...
Fast-forward to the 90s:
Aquaman: Stab-Happy Bad-Ass of the Sea
That clean cut image of Aquaman didn't survive the gritty rebooting of the early 90s for long - he soon ended up a more...rugged figure:
You'll also notice that his left hand is distinctly made of a hook. In case anyone was wondering how that happened - it was pretty much just your run of the mill industrial accident.
Except involving piranha.
And ending with this:
Aquaman's response? To grow out his facial hair, get a series of increasingly elaborate blade-hands, and go slightly insane.
Which is pretty much the exact same thing Wolverine did after that whole Weapon X 'misunderstanding'.
He becomes surly, slightly unhinged, and begins to question everything he knows. He's probably best captured by Kate Beaton, the kick-ass cartoonist behind Hark, a Vagrant:
The best part of Aquaman's transformation, though? It totally coincided with him not being able to talk to fish anymore. His ability to do so, though later restored, was recently ret-conned in the most magnificently dark way possible:
So, just to be clear, Aquaman isn't friends with the whole ocean. They're his mind-controlled army of shark-slaves.
Which, when you think about it, makes casting Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones sound a whole lot more sensible.
Especially when you consider where Man of Steel left off:
Aquaman: The Ultimate Victim of Man of Steel
Note, SPOILERS for anyone who hasn't seen Man of Steel yet below:
Remember that whole scene in Man of Steel - the one where Clark totally saves all those people on that oil rig?
Well, that's noble and all, but there are a whole lot problems about to be caused by that explosion than just the loss of human life.
Later on, when that World Engine is completely messing up the Indian Ocean?
What do you want to bet that for hundreds of miles around, pretty much everything under the water was completely destroyed? Anything that gives Superman that much trouble is going to be absolutely lethal to clams, eels and assorted general fish.
The point of all this? Superman clearly doesn't care all that much about what happens in the ocean.
Sure, maybe he headed back to the ocean after the events in Metropolis - but lets be realistic, he's much more likely to have spent his time rebuilding skyscrapers and apologizing for the fact that all that destruction was kind of his fault.
Just like the oil rig disaster, where he totally failed to help avoid the massive ecological disaster about to happen - Superman isn't likely to care.
But you know who does? This guy:
Who now has motive to hate Superman, a comic back-story in which he can mentally command Killer Whales to jump onto his enemies (without feeling guilty about them getting killed), and is set to be played by Khal Drogo.
Honestly, if he wasn't going to be an anti-hero, that might actually be the bigger surprise at this point.
[Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is set for release May 6, 2016. Hopefully featuring Jason Momoa ordering a Killer Whale to jump on top of Superman.
What do you guys think? Should Aquaman be an anti-hero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?