With Warner Bros. Pictures having finally confirmed that Jason Momoa is playing Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” film, the actor himself is now at least a little more free to talk about his casting.
Appearing at Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta this weekend, the “Game of Thrones” actor finally spoke about the role (via ComicBook.com:
“I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean, I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.”
Momoa says his Polynesian heritage has helped prep him for the part:
“I’ve rode some dolphins before, so I can pull on that. I did go to school for Marine Biology, but the cool thing is… the greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character.
And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives… My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe.”
He also says the solo “Aquaman” film, currently targeting a July 2018 release, is still just an ethereal thing right now:
“I don’t know the director. I know about as much as you guys know. I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if it will be [set] prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from. It will probably be his whole origin story I would think… So I know we’re going to do Justice League first.”
Momoa on screen debut in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits cinemas March 25th 2016 ahead of “Justice League: Part One” in November 2017.