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There’s more to Aquaman than the hackneyed “he talks to fish” joke. He’s far cooler than most people ever give him credit for. He’s a born leader, handles hardships like a boss, and gets shit done. The moment the character grew a beard and jabbed a trident on the stub that was once his left hand,  cemented him as a total bad-ass in my book. I  mean seriously, why would anyone doubt a guy that has the potential to summon a Sharknado? Still, the vast majority of pop culture enthusiasts just think of him as that homoerotic water boy who rides giants seahorses.

While recent media outings like the DC Animated feature Justice League: Throne of Atlantis have tried to reintroduce the king of the 7 seas to some decent fanfare, Aquaman’s cool factor tows the line to a small (maybe not so small) pocket of fans who appreciate and understand him.  It will be real interesting to see how the characters star meter rises (or falls) when Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa dons the scaly orange suit and raises the royal trident when he appears in Batman v Superman and the eventual Justice League movies and Aquaman standalone film.

Jason has been rather tight lipped about the role avoiding the droves of interviewers relentlessly grilling him about it. The actor, though, has been more open as of late – talking about why Aquaman is important to his family and super hero diversity.

Jason Momoa is a really rad dude with a unique look and sizzling on-screen persona. He’s go a number notable pop culture notches on his belt with credits such as his role as Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ronon Dex on Stargate: Atlantis and that underrated Conan remake. Momoa’s acting career began by playing lifeguard Jason Loane on the television series Baywatch: Hawaii. Since then, he has done his best to make people forget he was ever on the show, but ironically he will had back into the ocean for his most important role, Aquaman. “It’s a trip,” Momoa told The Daily Beast. “I spent 15 years trying to dig myself out of the Baywatch hole, and now I’m Aquaman. Life is very good.”

Jason is obviously a big star now but a career in acting is full of uncertainties. Even if you make it, the fear of when you’re going to get your next gig and how long you’re going to be working for can be a real struggle. Momoa, though, seems pretty happy to know that he has some future stability playing the King of Atlantis. “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,” he said.

It is also significant to Momoa that he will be working alongside The Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and the Amazonian Princess (Gal Gadot), and his family idolize the characters and can sit enjoy those films. “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,” Momoa explained. “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 most meaning and reward in this role is that it’s going to a non-white actor. “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,” he said. “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.”

I, for one, am glad to see Aquaman (whose ethnicity is not a fundamental part of his character, IMO) being played by Momoa. Pacific Islander makes more sense than Caucasian anyways. Character ethnicity and hair style aside, I love his attitude towards playing the hero and entering that world. What a cool, genuine person.This guy seems way more into an Aquaman movie than I’d dared anyone could be.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is slated to hit theaters on March 25, 2016. Justice League: Part One is then set to follow on November 10, 2017 with the solo Aquaman hitting July 27, 2018 before Justice League: Part Two arrives on June 14, 2019.

 

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