When Jason Momoa was first asked to play the part of the underwater superhero he was rather perplexed. He thought director Jack Snyder was going to ask him to be Lobo, but after talking with Snyder he realized his vision for Aquaman. To get inside the mindset of Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Momoa dives into his own past to identify with his character. And that is because Momoa sees himself and Aquaman both being outcasts.
“How I identify with that is kind of being…a bit of an outcast. You see, he wasn’t really too accepted…I wasn’t too accepted. There weren’t any races where I grew up. There’s no Chinese, no Mexican, no Black. I grew up in Iowa. I graduated with like 100 people. I was born in Hawaii, so I would go see my father…[I] just wasn’t accepted on the local side by some people because I wasn’t raised in Hawaii. I identify as being that outcast and not really fitting into two different worlds.”
Momoa was born in Honolulu but grew up in Norwalk, Iowa by his mother. His father is of Native Hawaiian descent, and never really fit into either places due to his heritage. Aquaman as well never really fit in since he is half-human and half-Atlantean. His mother was the exiled Queen of Atlantis and his father was a lighthouse keeper. This lead Aquaman to be conflicted with his own identity. Aquaman is now in pre-production and will be directed by James Wan (Saw).