Jason Momoa does not look like the comic book hero Aquaman, but he does make a very believable King of the Seven Seas. Having played varied roles like Conan The Barbarian, a lifeguard on Baywatch, an alien on Stargate, and Drogo on Game of Thrones, Momoa has the ability to bring a presence to the role that few actors could match.
While at Sundance on the Smart Works panel, Momoa finally answered questions about how he came on board to the project, what he might look like in the role, and what we might expect translated from the comic to the screen.
“Well, things are going to be a little different. When I first went in I met with Zack (Snyder). His idea is pretty amazing. When I went in, he told me...my jaw kind of dropped. My jaw doesn't normally drop. What he has planned for the DC world and for...definitely for Aquaman is something that, you know...I think I was brought on for a certain reason and they got some really cool plans for him. I'm really excited for everyone to see it.”
Snyder and DC/WB had initially intended to keep Momoa's reveal a secret until 2016 - it was going to be a surprise in the film. After numerous leaks, "the cat was out of the bag" and official confirmation came down. Here's Momoa on keeping the failed secret:
“Last year, when I was on this panel I was like eating chicken breasts and in training when I wasn't supposed to talk about anything. I wasn't supposed to say anything until 2016. So I told a bunch of people that they could punch me in the face if I was on it, so I'm going to get hit a couple times. But they finally released it. I was supposed to keep it a secret for 3 years.”
The actor was asked if Aquaman will sport a beard and mustache:
"I don't think he is going to be blonde or white. I can't really tell you because I haven't shot it yet. I hate to disappoint. But um, you know, I'm a little different than what those others. I hope you watch it with an open heart.”
I think Momoa is going to be an amazing Aquaman and it sounds like Snyder and team have something big in store for the character.