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Monday, October 20, 2014

Jason Momoa Talks Aquaman And Its Relation To His Heritage

We were reporting on this as far back as June, but both Warner Bros and Jason Momoa kept surprisingly quiet on the news that the former Conan the Barbarian actor would be the first big screen incarnation of DC Comics superhero Aquaman. 

With the release of the full slate of films stretching all the way into 2020, Momoa can now talk a little more freely about his anticipation and preparation for the role. 

Comicbook.com spoke with him over the weekend on the subject, particularly his excitement surrounding it:

The greatest thing for me is that [for] Polynesians, our gods are Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there are 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. 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.

Regarding his research:
It’s really hard because you do these and they’re like, ‘Why’s he looking at Aquaman? Why’s he looking at this one?’ So you can’t really like research too much. When I was growing up, I really liked Spawn and Lobo. I read stuff like that. Lobo I was a big fan of. I didn’t read a lot of Aquaman, but I am now, and I will do the research.
And any tid-bits he can share regarding the upcoming Aquaman solo feature: 
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…I mean I don’t even want to get quoted on this shit. So I know we’re going to do Justice League first.
We'll surely get a glimpse of the Momoa version of Aquman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when it hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

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