When Game Of Thrones star Jason Momoa was first cast as Aquaman in the DCEU, the decision was met with some skepticism, but the first trailer for next year’s Justice League surely convinced everyone that the 37-year-old Hawaiian actor is the right man for the job. And not only fans were amazed by that trailer – Momoa himself was too. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly Canada, he shared what he thought when he first saw it.
“I was like this is Aquaman propaganda. It was amazing. Zack is just… I love him to death. He’s amazing. And he’s been… Obviously, it’s his vision. He pulled me in to play it. He believed in me. You know, he changed my life. I owe the guy a lot. The stuff that he shot, just seeing the trailer was like, ‘Wow!’ Because everything that I. brought and wanted to bring, it’s all the hopes you want to bring to the character. He made sure that stuffed stayed in there.”
When asked whether he worried about possibly having to cut his hair and dye it blonde in order to achieve a more comic accurate look, Momoa revealed that at first, he thought he was going to play an entirely different character; the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo.
“Dude, there was a lot of things that went through my head when he said Aquaman,” Momoa said, “There were a lot of things that went through my mind. I was thinking like, ‘Lobo.’ I’m gonna play some kind of bad guy. I’m like, ‘Who am I gonna play?’ And year, he said Aquaman. I was just like, ‘Come again? Pardon me?’ And then he explained why. I was like, ‘Whoa, buddy. I got your back'”
Lobo, for those of you who don’t know, is an interstellar mercenary/bounty hunter alien who was originally created by Roger Silfer and Keith Giffen, where he made his first appearance in Omega Men Issue #3 in 1983. He possesses abilities such as superhuman strength, and stamina, immortality, a healing factor, and many others. Although not widely known, Lobo has appeared in various episodes of both Batman and Superman animated series.
To close things out, Momoa opened up about the huge commitment that comes with signing on to play a superhero in a franchise like the DCEU:
“I signed on to this four or five years ago. And now we finished ‘Justice League’; it’s like, ‘Wow! It’s awesome!’ I know I’m going to go do an ‘Aquaman’ [movie]. You know, you hope you make the right decision. And I’m like, ‘I can’t wait! I can’t wait!'”
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017, and will star Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, and Amber Heard as Mera.