Scheduled for release in December 2018, the Aquaman movie from director James Wan will give audiences a much bigger sense of who the eponymous hero is as a character.
In the realm of comic book movies, the typical path for a major character is to go from making a solo title to a team-up feature — but that’s not exactly what’s happening with Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe.
Briefly introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the hero is getting his first live-action big screen role in Justice League before moving on to his own story in 2018’s Aquaman, essentially taking the normal path in reverse. As you’d imagine, it’s going to have an effect on the way we perceive Arthur Curry when we first meet him — but according to Momoa, that’s all part of the plan:
When I stepped into his room, [Zack Snyder] told me his vision of me playing this character. The one thing that was really concerning when I did my homework, I knew that [Justice League] would be basically a weekend in his life. And I just want to make sure that the fans knew that this gruff character, this man who lives within the tides and is not really accepted in two different places… we needed to know where he came from and why he’s this grumpy, bit of an asshole to Batman. We just needed to figure out… I want people to know that in a year you’re going to understand where he came from, what happened to his mother, what happened to his father, and how he was treated in this world, and how he didn’t know how to use his powers.
Scheduled for release in December 2018, the Aquaman movie from director James Wan will give audiences a much bigger sense of who the eponymous hero is as a character, and, according to Momoa, will help him evolve into the man he is meant to become. In Justice League, he is certainly rough around the edges and doesn’t seem incredibly invested the whole “superhero” lifestyle, but that’s just because he is still at the start of his big screen journey. He’ll begin his process of growing in the team-up title, but will find his true individuality in the solo flick.
At the press conference, Jason Momoa explained that the Aquaman title will be the real opportunity to see the fully sculpted version of the character, including where he comes from and who he is meant to be. The way he paints it, it should be a great chance to dive into the complexity of a hero who is torn between two worlds and yet belongs to neither of them. Said Momoa,
Sometimes he saved people, and sometimes he lost people, and his human side didn’t know how to deal with those things. And he would cover up those things, and so he’s hiding behind… there’s a lot of layers to this guy, and I think once we get to the solo film you’re going to see the man who is going to take responsibility and help the world and become king, eventually. So this one, I don’t really think… he is Aquaman, he’s Arthur Curry. But he hasn’t dealt with the Trident yet. And it’s coming, but just stick with it. But for people who are like, ‘That’s not my Aquaman!’ Just wait a little bit longer. Just stick with it for a little bit longer.
I have a lot to say about ‘Justice League’ but will wait till it’s released to really get into it. But two important things to know: stay till the very end of the credits and Jason Momoa (@PrideofGypsies) is awesome as Aquaman.
Justice League is better than expected, but not a home run. The interaction between the team is a lot of fun. The film sends the DCEU in a hopeful direction in line with where the brand should be headed. Flash and Aquaman steal the show. Cyborg and villain are the weak links.