Last month, it was reported that Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian star Jason Momoa was in talks for a role in Batman vs. Superman. While it wasn’t known which character he was linked to, the most frequently mentioned was Doomsday, who is rumored to be the movie’s secondary villain. Martian Manhunter was another character name-dropped/speculated. Now, speaking with IGN, Momoa has denied reports that he has been cast in the superhero film. “It’s just rumors. I want to say something amazing, but I can’t comment on rumors. It’s flattering. I’m not involved in it.” He then speculates that the rumor came about because he is an obvious choice to join a superhero franchise at some point. “Maybe that’s how it came out. Maybe someone said, ‘You should be in this!’ and I said, ‘Yeah that would be great!’ And it just went too far.” Last year, Momoa was linked to the role of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but the part later went to Dave Bautista. Momoa confirmed that he auditioned for that movie, adding, “I think it’s the kind of like, ‘He’s a big guy that does action, and he’s gonna fit in somewhere.'”
It’s a possibility that Momoa’s denial is to try to cover his potential involvement with the film. That is familiar territory with many actors – see Marion Cotillard as Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises, Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, and most recently, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. However, Momoa could just as easily be telling the truth here. Perhaps he simply auditioned for the Batman vs. Superman role, and never officially entered negotiations for the part? With filming set to kick off in a few weeks, some official casting news will hopefully come soon.
Batman vs. Superman (not the final title) is scheduled to hit theaters July 17th, 2015. The follow-up to Man of Steel, the next installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. Zack Snyder directs from a script by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio.