Ben Affleck had to deal with the weight and history brought about by Michael Keaton in 1989 and 92, before Christian Bale set the gold standard for 2005's Batman Begins, 2008's The Dark Knight and 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Likewise for Ezra Miller who is reprising the part of The Flash that Grant Gustin is perfecting on the small screen.
When it comes to the other DC newcomers ahead of the ensemble blockbuster Justice League, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher's Cyborg and Jason Momoa's Aquaman are all essentially working from a clean slate. This is the exciting opportunity that the actor discussed with GQ this week. Confidently asserting that he will be the face of the character for years to come when he is eventually done in the DCEU.
Momoa: I Won't Have Past Aquamen Commenting On My Performance
Being introduced for 2017's upcoming title Justice League in greater depth than his short BvS cameo appearance, Momoa says that the James Wan installment will have no preconceptions or previous interpretations in which to make comparisons. For him, this is only a positive.
“We’ve never really seen anything from this guy before, so it’s fun to have a level playing field,” Momoa remarks to the publication. “There aren’t like four Aquaman's before me. I get to set the tone for it.”
A figure who can venture underwater and above ground, Momoa points out that this superhero is as much a loner as you are likely to see. Big, brutal and intimidating, Aquaman is on the search for his place in the world and some affirmation as to where he fits in.
“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.”
The Bad Batch Cooks Up Fresh Set of Posters
Switching from the Netflix series Frontier to the DC stage, one of Momoa's new projects comes in the form of the 2017 flick The Bad Batch. Described as a romantic horror-thriller, the movie opened last year at the Venice Film Festival where it received mixed reviews.
New posters emerged this week to showcase Momoa's character Miami Man wielding a butcher's knife and Suki Waterhouse's one-armed Arlen sporting a pair of hand guns. Fair to say, this romp with Keanu Reeves and Giovanni Ribisi won't be the clean cut polished feature that Aquaman is sure to be.