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Jason Momoa talks about bringing superhero diversity to Aquaman

01.29.2015

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The DC cinematic universe had its first chapter with Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL setting the stage for bigger and more ambitious chapters to come our way. Next year we have BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE which will feature the big screen introduction of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher, and Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa. From there, the sky and oceans are the limit.

Momoa recently spoke with The Daily Beast and talked not only about the excitement for what’s to come but about the pride in helping bring about superhero diversity:

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.

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Momoa is also excited to bring Aquaman back for his solo film and the two-part Justice League:

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’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.

It’s no secret that the lack of racial and gender diversity in superhero films is a widely talked about issue. Thankfully looking at the slate of projects coming our way over the next few years, it looks like efforts are certainly being made to make those fictional worlds we love so much more universal. Leave it to the “geek” culture and characters like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman to set things right.

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 AQUAMAN hitting July 27, 2018 before JUSTICE LEAGUE: PART TWO arrives on June 14, 2019.

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Source: TheDailyBeast

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8:02AM on 01/31/2015
First off Aquaman has always gotten a bad rap as a wimp. He can be a total badass on par with Superman. The video game Injustice Gods Among us really did him, and if they carry that one over to the movie it will drop some jaws of people. I'm looking forward to it because we haven't gotten Namor from Marvel yet, so seeing a god of the ocean and all the sights underwater could be breathtaking. I think Momoa will do well in the part, Ithink he would have been a better Lobo, but still think he'll
First off Aquaman has always gotten a bad rap as a wimp. He can be a total badass on par with Superman. The video game Injustice Gods Among us really did him, and if they carry that one over to the movie it will drop some jaws of people. I'm looking forward to it because we haven't gotten Namor from Marvel yet, so seeing a god of the ocean and all the sights underwater could be breathtaking. I think Momoa will do well in the part, Ithink he would have been a better Lobo, but still think he'll own this. I'm a purist when it comes to casting I admit, but I'm not put off by this choice. I have so many Pacific Islander friends here in Vegas, and being around their culture so much you learn their respect for the oceans. Its their lifeblood. So dye Momoa's hair blondish if you need to, the casting in this case is pretty solid and imo the best fit other than Cavill for supes.
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6:27AM on 01/31/2015
I find it very amusing, the man who pretty much started his carreer in Stargate Atlantis will now play the king of Atlantis...
I find it very amusing, the man who pretty much started his carreer in Stargate Atlantis will now play the king of Atlantis...
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4:13PM on 01/30/2015
If we're all very lucky, the success of this movie might lead to the eventual release of 'Man from Atlantis - The Complete Series' on Blu-ray!
If we're all very lucky, the success of this movie might lead to the eventual release of 'Man from Atlantis - The Complete Series' on Blu-ray!
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12:35PM on 01/30/2015
I'm looking forward to Mamoa as Aquaman. In general AM is an underrated hero, the latest comic storylines in the New 52 are some of the best parts of the DC universe right now. Like many of the current racial changes in characters from page to screen, I agree that Aquaman being white is not an important factor to the character. In fact, I would argue that having someone from Hawaii (not sure if Mamoa is Samoan or not) makes for better casting for Aquaman, it makes more sense for the
I'm looking forward to Mamoa as Aquaman. In general AM is an underrated hero, the latest comic storylines in the New 52 are some of the best parts of the DC universe right now. Like many of the current racial changes in characters from page to screen, I agree that Aquaman being white is not an important factor to the character. In fact, I would argue that having someone from Hawaii (not sure if Mamoa is Samoan or not) makes for better casting for Aquaman, it makes more sense for the character to be non-white.
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8:22AM on 01/30/2015

Does this mean he wont have blonde hair?

blonde hair is actually an important part of the aquaman story. its why he was abandoned to die on the surface as a baby
blonde hair is actually an important part of the aquaman story. its why he was abandoned to die on the surface as a baby
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12:33PM on 01/30/2015
That can easily be changed in the story. Like say he's abandoned because he's half human?

The idea that his blonde hair is THAT integral to the story is ridiculous.
That can easily be changed in the story. Like say he's abandoned because he's half human?

The idea that his blonde hair is THAT integral to the story is ridiculous.
8:04AM on 01/31/2015
It is sort of integral to the origin of the character. That being said its easy enough to dye job Momoa or even give him highlights as at least a nod to the origin. I'm not against Momoa, I'm actually for him, but I hate when they fuck too hard with origins because I'm more of a purist.
It is sort of integral to the origin of the character. That being said its easy enough to dye job Momoa or even give him highlights as at least a nod to the origin. I'm not against Momoa, I'm actually for him, but I hate when they fuck too hard with origins because I'm more of a purist.
5:00AM on 01/30/2015
I think there are going to be too many superheroes in this movie to be any good. It'll be an all out ego-fest.
I think there are going to be too many superheroes in this movie to be any good. It'll be an all out ego-fest.
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3:37AM on 01/30/2015

Screw this noise.

Aquaman is blonde. Simple as that.
Aquaman is blonde. Simple as that.
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8:56AM on 01/30/2015
Racist.
Racist.
8:08AM on 01/31/2015
Its not racist, he's right. Its actually part of Aquaman's origin. Its how it was determined he wasn't the offspring of the King and he was cast out to the surface. Its racist to be a purist and want to see characters on screen be what the way they were written and drawn. That being said its easy enough to dye Momoa's hair blonde. I actually like Momoa cast in this, at least give him lighter hair or sun bleached highlights as a nod to the origin.
Its not racist, he's right. Its actually part of Aquaman's origin. Its how it was determined he wasn't the offspring of the King and he was cast out to the surface. Its racist to be a purist and want to see characters on screen be what the way they were written and drawn. That being said its easy enough to dye Momoa's hair blonde. I actually like Momoa cast in this, at least give him lighter hair or sun bleached highlights as a nod to the origin.
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11:38PM on 01/29/2015
He should have been fucking Lobo. Casting him as Aquaman is like a guy with a small dick buying an overly expensive sports car to park next to his hummer. Simply trying too hard to make the character seem cool. He is going to make both Superman and Batman look tiny in comparison.
He should have been fucking Lobo. Casting him as Aquaman is like a guy with a small dick buying an overly expensive sports car to park next to his hummer. Simply trying too hard to make the character seem cool. He is going to make both Superman and Batman look tiny in comparison.
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3:44PM on 01/30/2015
He would have been perfectly casted as Lobo. WB seem to be just half assing their casting jobs. Ezra miller as the Flash? What the fuck?
He would have been perfectly casted as Lobo. WB seem to be just half assing their casting jobs. Ezra miller as the Flash? What the fuck?
8:11AM on 01/31/2015
I love the flash but man @Marty you are so fucking right. Fuck Ezra Miller's casting. I won't be seeing any flash stand alone movie with that thing cast as the lead. As of right now there is only one Flash to me and thats Grant Gustin. DC needs to take a page from Marvel and have some fucking continuity in the DCU between movies and television.
I love the flash but man @Marty you are so fucking right. Fuck Ezra Miller's casting. I won't be seeing any flash stand alone movie with that thing cast as the lead. As of right now there is only one Flash to me and thats Grant Gustin. DC needs to take a page from Marvel and have some fucking continuity in the DCU between movies and television.
8:52PM on 01/29/2015
Excuse me....Mr. Momoa....we are ready for you in make-up.....time to dye that hair blonde.
Excuse me....Mr. Momoa....we are ready for you in make-up.....time to dye that hair blonde.
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9:14PM on 01/29/2015
Followed shortly by, "Excuse me...Mr. Momoa...could I please have my lungs back, sir?"
Followed shortly by, "Excuse me...Mr. Momoa...could I please have my lungs back, sir?"
9:28PM on 01/29/2015
Treat Mr. Momoa nicely or he'll drown you in a boiling pot of gold, hehe.
Treat Mr. Momoa nicely or he'll drown you in a boiling pot of gold, hehe.
8:10PM on 01/29/2015
He obviously wouldn't have been the first choice to play Aquaman for many fans, but I think he'll do a fine job in the role and will bring a form of respect to the character that is deseperately needed amongst the other characters in Justice League.
He obviously wouldn't have been the first choice to play Aquaman for many fans, but I think he'll do a fine job in the role and will bring a form of respect to the character that is deseperately needed amongst the other characters in Justice League.
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