Having made his debut – briefly – in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is set to take a leading role in November’s hotly-anticipated superhero ensemble Justice League, before headlining his own movie in 2018.
Speaking to GQ, Momoa has discussed how he gets to “set the tone” for the character, given that this is the first incarnation of the King of Atlantis we’ve had on the big screen, while he also talked about the “coming of age” story that we can look forward to seeing playing out.
“We’ve never really seen anything from this guy before, so it’s fun to have a level playing field,” Momoa said. “There aren’t like four Aquamans before me. I get to set the tone for it. The guy was never really accepted on land, and he was never really accepted in Atlantis. He’s a half-breed. But he’s the best of both worlds. He just doesn’t know how to handle his powers. So it’s kind of a coming of age for a young man to a man, or a man to a king. He’s lost a lot of things and he’s got to cope. He’s an outsider.”
Aquaman is being directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry. It is set for release on December 21st 2018.