'Batman v Superman' First Look: Jason Momoa Sports Serious Ink as Aquaman

Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:56 Written by  iamrogue
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'Batman v Superman' First Look: Jason Momoa Sports Serious Ink as Aquaman

Zack Snyder just revealed the first official image of Aquaman as he'll appear (briefly) in next year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The King of the Seven Seas looks like he could kick Khal Drogo's unruly ass.

That's because Aquaman, in his live-action movie debut, is played by Jason Momoa, the grizzled gentleman who also played Drogo on HBO's Game of Thrones.

When he cast Momoa, who also played Conan the Barbarian in a reboot a few years back, as the universally-mocked DC Comics hero, it was obvious that Snyder was aiming to rebut the Dweller-in-the-Deep's square image, replacing the goofy blonde swimmer with a scowling, ultra-macho beefcake who looks like he eats nails for breakfast.

The director revealed on our first look at Aquaman on Twitter tonight, casually dropping the image and saying simply, "There is only one true king" and supplying the hashtag version of the call-to-arms that adorns the picture itself, a demand to unite the seven seas of Earth.  The image confirms looks pretty much exactly what we thought the Snyderverse version of Arthur Curry would look like, right down to his scowl and some serious tattoos that resemble fish scales.  The trident, of course, is Snyderiffic: it's well designed and looks like it could do some real damage.

Momoa's Aquaman debuts in Batman v. Superman next March 25, though his appearance is expected to be little more than a cameo.  Then he'll have a larger part to play in Justice League: Part One (November 2017).  After that, he'll star in Aquaman, due in theaters on July 27, 2018.

Snyder's 2016 superhero slugfest pits Henry Cavill's Superman against Ben Affleck's Batman, while also introducing Momoa's Aquaman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher's Cyborg, and Ezra Miller's Flash, all of whom will then team up (probably joined by a rebooted Green Lantern) in the two-part Justice League, Warner Bros.' answer to Marvel's Avengers franchise.

The studio is reportedly whipping up two separate Aquaman scripts, one by Will Beall and one by Snyder's frequent collaborator Kurt Johnstad, in the hopes of finding the right approach to Arthur Curry's first solo outing.

Late last year, the Hawaiian-born Momoa expressed his satisfaction at bringing a bit of diversity to the superhero game.  “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," he explained.  "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," said Momoa.  "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.  I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it.  And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.”

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