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Jason Momoa is Aquaman in 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'

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June 14, 2014

Aquaman / Jason Momoa

Late last year, first season "Game of Thrones" star Jason Momoa was in talks for an unknown role in the film that is now known as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The actor has been spotted up in Michigan where the film is currently shooting, and lately he's been getting annoyed because people keep asking him if he's playing Aquaman in the film. Funnily enough, HitFix has word that Momoa is definitely playing the aquatic superhero in what has basically become a prequel to Justice League, which may be confirmed by a rumor about Warner Bros. plans for their DC Comics properties heading to the big screen.

The source also reports that Zack Snyder has already finalized the character designes for the character so Momoa can start shooting his scenes soon. The question is whether the actor will have his shorter or longer hair when he goes blonde for the role? The actor will certainly make the frequently panned Justice League member look tough, but Momoa isn't exactly the most gifted actor, and this doesn't bode well for the character's future. But the real question is, how will Aquaman pop up in a film that seems to be all about Batman and Superman?

Well, much like Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, it sounds like Momoa will only have a small role as Aquaman in Batman v. Superman. In fact, there's a good chance that he might not even be referred to by his superhero name. Why? Well, apparently the script is using the somewhat controversial mass destruction from Man of Steel, from which there initially seemed to be no consequences, as a way to introduce Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Apparently the billionaire mastermind will use the level of destruction as a way of making Superman look dangerous. And to go along with that, Aquaman isn't too happy either.

General Zod's World Engine apparently caused some serious damage to the Indian Ocean ecosystem, and that's no good for Aquaman's underwater friends. If we had to guess, we're betting that Momoa will pop up in a business suit as some kind of environmentalist, upset about the effects of the fight between Superman and General Zod. And then we might actually see him as Aquaman as a tease for Justice League, rumored to arrive in 2017. HitFix's reports on these matters are few and far between, but when they surface, they're right on the money, so this seems definitive. What do you think of Jason Momoa as Aquaman?

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Reader Feedback - 53 Comments

1

Wow. Interesting.

Quanah on Jun 14, 2014

2

So many characters..

DavideCoppola on Jun 14, 2014

3

Yeah I wonder about that, but this isn't a Superman sequel at this point. This is the inception of Justice League. Certainly taking a different approach than Marvel: bring them all into one movie, see what the audiences will like, and then do spin-off films from there (seems to be their battle plan). I'm all for it. Maybe I don't want to see an Aquaman film, right? But, I'm good with seeing him with the Justice League. Anyway, we'll see...I find this part of the process very interesting.

Quanah on Jun 14, 2014

4

Well, from my understanding, Batman and Superman will be the leads, Wonder Woman will be supporting (maybe even a step lower than that), and the rest of the heroes (Aquaman, Cyborg, etc.) are going to have one-scene cameos.

rick on Jun 14, 2014

5

To be fair to Momoa Ethan, his run on Stargate: Atlantis and Baywatch really influenced those series. Without his acting, those series may have been considered decent, maybe even good. Oh wait, I get it, his presence on the series is suppose to make it better, not his absence! Seriously though, how much "acting" do we think we will see in these movies? I think Momoa will handle this just fine, and make Aquaman look like a strong arm instead of a surfer dude. I like it.

Quanah on Jun 14, 2014

6

Dawn of Justice? How bad is this title ... :-S

LEMOTIF on Jun 14, 2014

7

Its okay

OfficialJab on Jun 14, 2014

8

Well this does not bode well. Guy CANNOT ACT. He is great in fight scenes but every thing else is AWFUL.

Brian Sleider on Jun 14, 2014

9

What's the point of calling this Batman v Superman when they can make a better profit just by calling it Justice League Part 1: Dawn of Justice. I have no problem with all the extra character cameos but the title just seems misleading towards their cause.

DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on Jun 14, 2014

10

Proly because the meat of the movie will focus on the titular characters. .

Brian Sleider on Jun 14, 2014

11

Calling it justice league part one would be more misleading

Jon Odishaw on Jun 14, 2014

12

Did no one here see Game of Thrones?! Seriously, "Momoa isn't exactly the most gifted actor?" What? He is fantastic in Game of Thrones and speaks almost entirely in a fictional language.

KDV on Jun 14, 2014

13

I'm not saying he's a bad actor, but how exactly does memorizing lines of a fake language make him a good actor? It's not like we'd know if he was fucking up any of it. He says only about a dozen words that are actually found in the book. All he that's proven from his performance in GoT is that he can look very menacing.

Benjamin Hunter on Jun 14, 2014

14

I think KDV is referring to Momoa's ability to emote through a fictional language. He was Khal Drogo.

DAVIDPD on Jun 14, 2014

15

I'm down. He was a good Drogo.

Xerxexx on Jun 14, 2014

16

Terrible idea. Id rather watch Matt Damon play his then Momoa. Like come on, this is becoming comical

Luke Hanna on Jun 14, 2014

17

What about Adrian Grenier? Does no one else think this should happen?

Justin R on Jun 14, 2014

18

I don't this should happen either. I think.

The Walking Cuban on Jun 14, 2014

19

I'll probably be stoned for saying this but...I actually thought he was pretty charismatic in Conan and made it pretty bearable due to his natural attitude. He might bring some of the Khal ferocity to Aquaman...maybe he'll ride a shark in to battle eventually, he can't fall off that right??

zer0limit on Jun 14, 2014

20

He was pretty good in SG: Atlantis as well, don't see how he can be classed as not as gifted an actor when he's not had the chance yet to shine.

Steven on Jun 14, 2014

21

Lucky it's not TV cuz sharks are notoriously easy to jump. Conan had Ron Perlman, quickly canceled out by the inexplicable presence of a Captain T Payne, sans shades and autotune. Mamoa and little Mamoa, kit Harrington, have had some bad luck with Sci Fi channel level movies, cuz Pompeii is just as bad as Conan. No problem with your opinion, that's just mine.

The Walking Cuban on Jun 14, 2014

22

I think we need to add Nicolas Cage. Just to get some balance between the characters. And Tina Fey as Liz Lemon.

Ivan. tih on Jun 14, 2014

23

Needs more Bacon, definitely need more Kevin Bacon.

CoosCoos on Jun 15, 2014

24

and then.... out of the blue... a closeup on an orange beeing cut in two... Closeup: Cofee being grinded... Shoe laces being tied... And DEXTER... Kaching!

Ivan. tih on Jun 15, 2014

25

Unless movie Super heroes will stop clinging to old comic books and start inventing modern plots and show evolution, perception and character depth. We might as well just keep them where they belong. In the comics book. There they felt more. There they have ignited our imaginations.

Ivan. tih on Jun 15, 2014

26

He was freaking awesome in GOT. give the man a chance

Quynh Truong on Jun 14, 2014

27

He was good as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, and there are MUCH worse people they could have gone with. I'm optimistic. But it is crazy to think that Cavill is a good 6'1, Affleck is 6'3 1/2, Momoa is 6'4, and Dwayne Johnson is rumored for a role down the line, and he is 6'4 We're going to get a Justice League roster of superheroes that truly do capture that 'huge and insanely shredded' over the top, larger than life iconic comic book physicality. I'm excited for that.

Chris Groves on Jun 14, 2014

28

This movie makes me really nervous because it is so ambitious, so much can go wrong and I was not a fan of Man of Steel at all. I was really nervous about X-men: Days of Future Past also but that turned out great. Even though I was not a fan of Man of Steel, Snyder has made some very good movies. I think his Watchman is actually underrated. Warner Brothers better have an amazing script. It is hard for me to believe they did all of this without one but David Goyer apparently did the first draft and I am no fan of his. Just give Snyder a great blueprint to work from and he will deliver. But if the script is the incoherent mess that shoving all these characters in suggests it might be then the movie could turn out horrible. Either way it will make a boatload of money. I'm actually wondering what would constitute a box office failure for this movie. This should be somewhere on Avengers level box office or Dark Knight box office, so I guess that is where the bar is set. If it doesn't meet that then Warner Brothers might start rethinking things.

Christopher Roberts on Jun 14, 2014

29

Momoa will look great as a blonde.

DAVIDPD on Jun 14, 2014

30

I liked him in Bullet to the Head but I'm not very enthusiastic about this casting choice.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 14, 2014

31

Aquaman is gay right?

The Dude on Jun 14, 2014

32

no.

Dimius on Jun 15, 2014

33

Sadly DC derailed some time ago. The Dark Knight Rises was a mess. Batman should never have been retired in that film. Seeing the old, injured Batman down the line would have been awesome, but not there. Man of Steel was dire. DC should have planned to keep Christian Bale for 2 Justice League films while passing the torch to a younger Batman. A Wonder Woman film should have followed Man of Steel. Aquaman could have popped up in the WW movie. It's not rocket science. That's my 2 cents anyway.

SV7 on Jun 14, 2014

34

Just waiting on that first full trailer....

mooreworthy on Jun 14, 2014

35

I'd put money on this film being a HUGE disappointment. It just doesn't look right already when you look at the pieces in play. I like Eisenberg as an actor and even think he'll make a good Lex Luther, but he looks significantly younger and smaller than all the heroes in the film. It will be like a kid, almost a literal Mark Zuckerberg, battling super human adults. Affleck as Batman is an interesting experiment, but it'll be hard to shake that "Batman is Ben Affleck" feeling/thought unless Affleck pulls off a performance that makes people forget who he is, and my guess is he's going to play Ben Affleck being Batman. I agree with those who liked Momoa on Game of Thrones. He is convincing on that show, but he has to play a brute. When he's outside of that role, even on Game of Thrones, he loses his allure and comes across like a Dean Cain action hero. Man of Steel was at least entertaining and an upgrade pver the other Superman films, but it was still a very shallow film that relied on flash and dash visuals more than anything. It was essentially a transformers film but....with Superman instead of Optimus Prime. I'm thinking this movie is going to come across rushed and like a modern, more action packed Batman Forever. Something that was flashy enough to sell at its release....but ultimately its not a good film, and won't hold up with time.

UrAllThumb on Jun 14, 2014

36

TOO MANY CHARACTERS just popping up in one movie. If these heroes arent established in movies of their own, this will look more like a costume party than a film.

Jameson Cyr on Jun 15, 2014

37

Tell that to X-men Days of future past. There are nothing like t many charachters. All depends just on how you treat them

Isak House Wolff on Jun 15, 2014

38

I think WB is trying to achieve the same success with their DC properties that Marvel Studios has with theirs. And Justice League has more in common with The Avengers than with the Xmen. Try to imagine how the Avengers film would have been received if the ironman/cap/Thor movies had not been produced and released first.

Jameson Cyr on Jun 15, 2014

39

Well, it is quite known that the Majority of people that have seen Avengers, had only seen Iron Man before Avengers. And Avengers is the highest grossing comicbookmovie ever, with (at that time) quite unkown charachters.

Isak House Wolff on Jun 15, 2014

40

Oh really? http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=captainamerica.htm http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=thor.htm http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=ironman.htm http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=incrediblehulk.htm Iron Man, was the highest grosing movie of the first 4 movies (three if you count in The incredible hulk even for the fact that they have recast him) While some of the fans, might have gone to all 4, not every cinemagoer had, because lack of intrest of that certain charachter. And when Avengers came out, they poll out a movie that draw fans for Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, and since it was a first of its kind, some people probably took they noon comicbook goer to friend or familymember, for some diffrent reason.

Isak House Wolff on Jun 15, 2014

41

If every person that watched Avengers, has seen every solo movie... Then why does it have a hugh diffrent between them in terms of boxoffice?

Isak House Wolff on Jun 15, 2014

42

And Avengers charachter (outside Captain America and Hulk) was not as well known for the General Audience as the DC charachters, since they had not have a movie of theirs or some known cartoons as DC at that time as Justice League/Justice Leauge Unlimited Superman the Animated series, Batman the animated series, a Wonder Woman tv-show and several Batman and Superman movies

Isak House Wolff on Jun 15, 2014

43

Because there is this thing you might of heard of....it is called home video. Also, Avengers received a lot of repeat viewings. I personally hardly ever see a movie twice in the theater. But I know somebody who went and saw Avengers three times just in its first week. He didn't do that for any of the solo movies.

Christopher Roberts on Jun 15, 2014

44

Yes, there are something called home video, but the boxoffice is a clear indicator, what charachter is the most popular of them (for the general audience).True, i admitt that you can't really discount homevideo, but that usual would not add to much extra since the majority of those is usual those that went to see the movie.

Isak House Wolff on Jun 15, 2014

45

Yeah, well it seems more like they're falling in to the Amazing Spider Man 2 bracket.

Dan Hibiki on Jun 16, 2014

46

Hawkman ? Wonder Twins ?

shane willett on Jun 16, 2014

47

those are supporting characters, the notion that the ironman/cap/Thor movies had nothing to do with the Avengers success is ridiculous.

Jameson Cyr on Jun 17, 2014

48

he better ride on the back of a dolphin...

shane willett on Jun 16, 2014

49

Oh boy, another great casting choice. And get off the too many characters thing alright, it's old people. There's nothing wrong with having more than 1 good guy and more than 1 bad guy.

Charles Jackson on Jun 16, 2014

50

I always have thought that Aqua-Man was a lame character. Just too.....just, no. This is not good news.

kitano0 on Jun 16, 2014

51

Aquaman is awesome. He represents a different facet of DC comics, much like Thor over at Marvel.

Dimius on Jun 17, 2014

52

They are only being introduced people!!! So everybody calm the fuck down! Jesus, one little update and everyone loses their shit.

Rock n Rollllll on Jun 16, 2014

53

Does this mean Marvel will tackle the sea next?.. Get it? Sea , Tackle !!

shane willett on Jun 17, 2014

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