For months now, it has been widely speculated that the role of [Aquaman](movie:264237) will be filled in by the likes of Jason Momoa, for the budding DC Cinematic Universe. And of course, the rumor has been met with mixed review.
Some folks (both Aqua-fans and non-fans alike) have stated that the hero could use the upgrade from clean-cut white-bread pretty-boy champion of the ocean, to a much more rugged and gritty Atlantean warrior-king.
On the other hand, some folks (myself included) feel that the choice of Jason Momoa for Aquaman is strange, because he looks nothing like the iconic hero (nor is he typically thought of as favoring a traditional heroic role).
In fact, Momoa himself has even given the very same impression:
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… but ah… You know. It would be awesome. I don’t know how they do it but… Yea, absolutely I think it would…I just don’t really see myself as a superhero. Yeah, no I mean, they’re kind of written a little different. I don’t know. I just… you know. I’m not wearing a lot of the…I don’t see myself in tights a lot. And ah… 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.
In essence, he wants a role in the superhero world, but not necessarily as a traditional hero. And did you hear the one super he listed as being of particular interest? Lobo. Last I checked, Lobo is not an anti-hero, he’s a villain!
So, after a little while racking my brain over the hope that he would not end up as Aquaman, I got to thinking. Rather than just hoping, in the negative, that he would not get the role of Aquaman, it was much more important to see what alternative roles he actually could end up in (that might satisfy a majority of fans).
The picks are far and wide throughout the DC fanbase. He’s been fancast as everyone from Martian Manhunter to Hawkman to Lobo to Vandal Savage to Apache Chief (yes, of Super Friends fame). Though, let’s be honest with ourselves; how likely are any of those guys to show up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Martian Manhunter is literally the most likely of the former to show up, in my estimation, and if he does, it’s highly doubtful that Momoa is going for that role (again, he’s not trying to be a “hero”).
Combine that with the fact that Momoa is heavily speculated as having an aquatic role (but looks nothing like Aquaman), as well as what's been said about the tone of the upcoming movie (following quote courtesy of Batman-on-film.com):
"There’s a very “anti-Superman” theme to the film which includes people marching in the streets in protest against him."
Not to mention, after scrolling through my Twitter Feed and Facebook Newsfeed, I saw announcements for the new Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis animated movie coming out. And I thought back to the post-credits scene in Justice League: War (following quote courtesy of this page).
After the devestation [sic] to Earth due to the attack by the forces of Apokolips, a shot of the ocean is shown. In the water lay swathes of dead fish and other sealife - and then waves start from the middle of the water. A vessel rises, and with what sure seems to be the helmet of Orm, Ocean Master (Aquaman's brother). In his arms lie a dead old man. Ocean Master says, "The Surface Dwellers have killed our king. This is an act of war. And they will pay."
So...what if Jason Momoa's "small role" in BvS: DoJ is not that of Aquaman, but instead that of Aquaman's brother Orm Marius, the villain Ocean Master?
Rather than outrage about what the forces of Apokolips have done to the seas (like in the animated movie), perhaps he's rising up because he blames Superman for what the World Engine from Man of Steel did to the Indian Ocean? Or he may have been responsible for the oil rig accident that Superman helped with early in MoS (as an act of dissent against humans encroaching on the seas)?
After all, of the two brothers Orin and Orm, Orin (Aquaman) is the more reasonable; as a citizen of both Atlantis and the surface world, he tries harder to bring peace and stability. On the other hand, Orm (Ocean Master) is the more brutal and warlike, which led him to a life of villainy against surface dwellers.
And if he showed up toward the end of the movie--or even mid-credits--it would be a great set-up for an Aquaman live-action movie, which is hopefully on the WB production schedule to arrive soon. Then again, that's just the opinion of one writer. What do YOU think about all the Aquaman rumors? True or false? Yay or nay? Aquaman or Ocean Master? Let us know in the comments below!