Jason Momoa explains the “tone” audiences can expect from Aquaman.
Real life tough guy Jason Momoa recently spoke with GQ about his titular role for the upcoming, highly anticipated DC Extended Universe’s Aquaman. Since this will be the first solo outing for the superhero, the actor explains how he has the fun luxury of setting the overall tone for the film.
"“We’ve never really seen anything from this guy before, so it’s fun to have a level playing field … There aren’t like four Aquamans before me. I get to set the tone for it … The guy was never really accepted on land, and he was never really accepted in Atlantis. He’s a half-breed. But he’s the best of both worlds. He just doesn’t know how to handle his powers. So it’s kind of a coming of age for a young man to a man, or a man to a king. He’s lost a lot of things and he’s got to cope. He’s an outsider.”"
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"Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface."
Aquaman is scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018
It will be directed by James Wan, written by Will Beall from a story treatment by James Wan & Geoff Johns, and star Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Amber Heard as Mera, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen as Black Manta.