What Will Jason Momoa’s Aquaman Be Like? (UPDATED With First Look at Mera)

Brian Linder
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UPDATE: Director James Wan has posted the first look at Amber Heard as Mera. Check it out!

Jason Momoa’s Aquaman solo movie starts filming this week and Momoa is doing his part to get the hype train going. The Justice League star says he can’t wait to play a bigger role in his own movie, and that he’s excited to set the tone for the Aquaman character.

“We’ve never really seen anything from this guy before, so it’s fun to have a level playing field,” Momoa told GQ. “There aren’t like four Aquaman’s before me. I get to set the tone for it.”

We’ve never really seen Aquaman do his thing. So, what will the tone of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman be like?

Jason Momoa is Aquaman.

Aquaman will be an outsider. “The guy was never really accepted on land, and he was never really accepted in Atlantis,” Momoa told GQ. Even though we’ll have already seen him with his big-screen buddies in Justice League by the time Aquaman rolls around, don’t expect Momoa’s character to have it totally together. He’ll still be somewhat detached a bit of a loner.

Aquaman will be inexperienced. Momoa explains, “He’s a half-breed. He’s the best of both worlds. He just doesn’t know how to handle his powers.” Momoa’s Aquaman is part human and part Atlantean, just like his comic book counterpart. And it sounds like he might not be ready for what he’s about to face. We could see the rough and rugged Arthur Curry humbled by defeat in the movie. But, of course, he’ll rise to the challenge and win in the end.

Safe bet: He'll also be wet.

Aquaman will be fun. Momoa hasn’t really talked about this on the record, but we’re pretty sure his portrayal of Aquaman will be fun to watch. It’s hard to imagine Aquaman without Momoa bringing his infectious charm to the role. After all, lessons have been learned from the early humorless days of the DCEU.

Aquaman will be regal (in the end). “It’s kind of a coming of age story for a young man to a man, or a man to a king,” Momoa says. In Justice League, we know that Aquaman answers the call of Bruce Wayne — the beginning of the classical hero’s journey. And we think he’ll face defeat at the hands of Orm, Aquaman‘s villain, before once again rising to the challenge. Finally, if what Momoa is saying is true, he’ll return to Atlantis as King!

We’ll have a better idea of what Jason Momoa’s Aquaman will be like when Justice League hits theaters on November 17. Aquaman opens a year later on December 21, 2018.

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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