Jason Momoa has taken it upon himself to stop the destruction of a sacred place in Hawaii, even if it means not being available to shoot Aquaman 2.
Amidst some news over the (DCEU) DC Extended Universe on Warner Bros. Pictures seeking an Oscar worthy nomination for the Joker standalone film and some news of test screenings for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) proving to be divided between audiences and studio exec opinions, some more news has come from across the Pacific concerning Jason Momoa.
Momoa, the former Game of Thrones star who also played Arthur Curry/Aquaman in Justice League and his very own solo film, has resided in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, for some weeks now and has documented that a sacred site to Indigenous Hawaiians is under threat of being destroyed. She Knows reported the story. The construction workers intend to construct a giant telescope in its place.
Momoa, being a Hawaiian native himself, has made it clear he is totally committed to campaigning against the cause. And if that means not being available for Aquaman 2, then so be it. He posted some of the exploits on Instagram, including the protestors, data concerning the telescope and what the construction looks like. The project, which is for a Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), invested $1.4 billion in its construction. The photo Momoa posted was of a 1992 Subaru Telescope that was under construction.
Although the sequel to Aquaman has been greenlit for December 16, 2022, it is currently in development and Warner Bros. representations have not yet commented on the matter. To be clear, while Momoa seems to be dedicated to protesting against the bulldozing of the sacred site, the comments made, while serious in one aspect, are totally coincidental and made in a relatively sarcastic manner of speaking. James Wan will return to direct, and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is writing the screenplay for Aquaman 2. Pre-production is expected to begin in 2020.