After evading rumors and questions about the role for about a year, Jason Momoa was finally announced as the actor who will bring Aquaman to life in the DC Cinematic Universe. He makes his debut as the King of Atlantis in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he will have a larger role in 2017’s Justice League Part One before starring in 2018’s Aquaman standalone film. Momoa is expected to reprise the role once more in 2019’s Justice League Part Two. Following confirmation of his involvement, Momoa has become much more open about playing Aquaman, and he continues to be so in an interview with The Daily Beast.
Momoa is happy to know what his career’s future will look like and that he’s making movies his children can see. “It’s awesome as an actor to know what your future is going to be because I have children and I’ve busted my ass to put food on the table. It’s awesome knowing that I’m going to be in Justice League because my son is the biggest Batman fan and my daughter loves Wonder Woman. It’ll be cool for them to see me in something because they’re not going to be watching Game of Thrones or Red Road anytime soon, but now they can see Daddy kicking ass in IMAX.”
The actors goes on to discuss his difficulties in breaking into Hollyood, and how playing Aquaman not only helps him do that, but it also adds some diversity to the superhero genre. “I’ve had to bust ass to be in this industry. A lot of things are very black and white. Aquaman is especially cool because being a Kanaka Maoli—being Hawaiian—our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that. And I’m someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It’s cool that there’s a brown-skinned superhero.” Momoa is then reminded of his first major acting role in Baywatch Hawaii, where he played a surfer/lifeguard. He acknowledges the coincidence, saying, “It’s a trip. I spent 15 years trying to dig myself out of the Baywatch hole, and now I’m Aquaman. Life is very good.” For the rest of Momoa’s interview with The Daily Beast, click the link above.
DC Entertainment’s other 2018 film is The Flash, which will star Ezra Miller as the Fastest Man Alive. The actor will feature in Justice League Part One, and rumor has it Flash will make his debut in Batman v Superman. In the meantime, Miller is very excited about this new role, and in an interview with HitFix (thanks to ComicBook.com for the transcription) at the Sundance Film Festival, he shared his thoughts on having such a steady job. “It’s a mixed bag. I’m going to say I feel really happy about it. In one way, the idea of it that I actually have a steady job in my life is actually incredibly comforting. Something I didn’t necessarily think I would have. And of course there are the like moments of responsibility dodging adolescent me that dwells inside that is like, ‘No! I don’t want to,’ but that’s a very small part. At this point, that’s a diminishing voice, and every time I think of that reality it makes me extremely happy.”
As for how long Miller plans to play Flash, it appears that he hopes to fill the role for a very long time. “I am really stoked! I would do it for forty years. That contract could have said anything.” It’s unknown how many films are on his contract, but he could be signed on for a four-picture deal, like fellow Justice Leaguers Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher. Both Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot initially signed three-picture deals, while details on Ben Affleck’s contract are unknown. Either way, it’s nice to see Miller so enthusiastic over playing The Flash, especially in the midst of unwarranted criticisms. Stay tuned for more as we have it.