Jason Momoa hasn’t been the most relaxed person when it comes to questions about his casting by Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder as Aquaman over the last couple of months. The Internet is abuzz with stories about his rumored casting and expected appearance in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Everyone was asking him about it at every turn, and he was denying or deflecting the question so much that the story became more about his reaction to the casting question, than the casting question itself. Here’s a couple of Momoa’s most memorable denials.First was the basic, “It’s all just a rumor.”:
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. Maybe someone said, ‘You should be in this!’ and I said, ‘Yeah that would be great!’ And it just went too far.
Then it stepped up a bit when Momoa told MTV‘s Josh Horowitz this:
I get it all the time. It’s just a rumor. It’s a rumor…I swear. Man to man, you can punch me in the face. You’re allowed to punch me in the face. No, it’s a flattering rumor.
*Do you think Horowitz will collect his punch soon?
In Bucharest, the rumor changed a bit and so did Momoa’s denial:
I couldn’t even be more random for Aquaman, you know, with the blonde hair. I don’t even know where that comes from, it’s like me being… uh… Robin or something. Who pulls that out? I see that on the Internet and I’m like, ‘Aquaman? A guy like… Lobo I could see.’
Momoa then tried to turn the whole thing onto whoever started the rumor:
You know what, I think it started when people said ‘What superhero would you play?’ And I’d say Batman and Superman, they’d be awesome together. Then people were like, ‘He’s in Batman vs. Superman!’ I’m like, I really like Lobo. ‘HE’S LOBO!!’ And then some asshole was like ‘He’s Aquaman!’ And I’m like – what did you just call me? Where the f*** do you pull out Aquaman? Seriously.. And then it shows up on the internet. Not that it’s a bad rumor.
The one that really made the Internet rounds though was when Momoa just gave up and told everyone to stop asking him about Aquaman.
What does everything tell you? No. Stop asking me. It’s so annoying. Sorry, you’re not annoying. Oh you’re the press? Get the f*** out of here. Here, put this in there — you’re a d***, you’re a d***. You’re not a d***, I’m just playing.
Now, after the announcement earlier this week by Warner Bros and DC detailing the DC Cinematic Universe Movie Lineup through 2020, Momoa is much more relaxed about the whole thing.
Momoa is currently in Atlanta Ga. filming his new series The Red Road and took time out to attend Walker Stalker Con this weekend. Unfortunately for this Nerd Bastard, Momoa’s agent wasn’t allowing any press access. This makes me think that Momoa, and his reps, didn’t know when the announcement was coming last Wednesday and wanted to limit his press contacts because everyone knew what question would pop up. I was only able to attend about the first 15 minutes of Jason’s only panel this weekend because I had to hurry to the Michael Rooker Press Roundtable a couple of floors away.
Thankfully, the Aquaman issue was the second thing covered after Momoa played a series of musical chairs to find one that he could comfortably fit into that wouldn’t buckle under him, finally settling into a regular chair instead of those bar stool type chairs the others used.
If you’re wondering what the first thing was, it was the fabulous food of the South, Grits. Momoa had earlier that day taken his daughter out for breakfast and her first bowl of grits. He joked that it might play havoc with his Aquaman figure, but he had a few days to celebrate the announcement before hitting the gym.
The panel moderator used that to segue to the recent announcement saying:
The big news this week of course is that you finally got to announce that you are Aquaman.
Momoa responded with:
It’s been a BITCH! Just dodging, you know, because I was asked to play it and the fact is you just have to keep it quiet, out of respect for Warner Bros. and their whole position. So now I don’t have to be quiet anymore. It was REALLY hard for me.
You could really sense the relief that Momoa felt about being able to talk about the role. He went on to talk about how he felt his Samoan and Polynesian heritage would play a huge part in how he approaches the role.
The greatest thing for me, is that Polynesian’s have… all these water gods, so it’s really cool that I’ll be playing a character… there’s not too many brown superheros. So I’m looking forward to representing the Polynesians and Natives and I think it’s really cool to have this chance.
The topic turned towards Polynesian’s cultural heritage and their close relationship with the sea.
My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m going to go train with my family. I’m very excited to be a part of it, Zack Snyder is a genius.
When asked if he was into comics before this casting Momoa said:
It’s really hard you know, because people say, “Why are you looking at Aquaman? Why are you looking at this one? So I didn’t research too much [after his casting].
When I was growing up, I really liked Spawn, and I was a big fan of Lobo.
When asked if he had read the Song of Fire and Ice books Momoa said:
I did read the books before, because when I was up for Game of Thrones they sent me xerox copies of just some of the [book’s] scenes, and when I read it… I thought, what the hell is this? So I got the book and read it to help me understand those scenes.
That was all I was able to be there for as I had to beat the crowds to the fourth floor for the Rooker Roundtable. Momoa Instagramed the picture below later that day when a fan brought the issues for an autograph.
Fuck yeah. Aloha j
Here’s his entrance to the stage: *(Sorry about the crappy quality, I was using my smaller camera at the time and the ambient noise from the convention floor was brutal.)