When Warner Bros.’ CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced the DC slate ( read about it here), he also confirmed the long reported rumor that Jason Momoa had indeed been cast as Aquaman.
While attending Walker Stalker Con, in Atlanta, Georgia he was finally able to talk about the role. Speaking to comicbook.com,
I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean, I was just trying to respect Warner Bros.’ and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.
But when pressed if he knew the details on the upcoming solo film, he claims he knows just as much as we do.
I don’t know the director. I know about as much as you guys know. I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if it will be [set] prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from. It will probably be his whole origin story I would think… So I know we’re going to do Justice League first.
Jason Momoa comes from a proud Polynesian heritage, and he goes on to talk about how he will use this while preparing for his role as the King of the Seas.
I’ve rode some dolphins before, so I can pull on that. I did go to school for Marine Biology, but the cool thing is… the greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives… My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe. I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it. And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.
The DC slate set a release date of July 27th 2018 for Aquaman, a possible Batman V Superman ( March 25th 2016) cameo has been reported for Mamoa, before returning in the Justice League Part One (November 10th 2017).