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As filming for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently starting up, news about the film has been slowly rolling out over the past few weeks; including casting decisions, set photos and even our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman.
We’ve also recently learned that the inevitable Justice League movie will be shot back-to-back with Dawn of Justice, and is likely to see a 2017 release in theaters. So far we know that Henry Cavill will return as Superman, Ben Affleck will play Batman, Gal Gadot Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
It would appear that Warner Bros. and DC are going the “New 52” route (the current-running line of comics) as far as the Justice League team line-up goes. Other members of the team would include The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman; and though none of these characters have been cast yet, we did learn yesterday that Flash and Lantern could be getting their own team-up film in 2017.
As far as Aquaman goes, there have been long-running rumors that both Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian) and iconic actor Matt Damon (Bourne trilogy, Elysium) have been in talks to play the Aquatic Ace. So many, in fact, that Momoa has publicly stated that he is sick of being asked whether or not he’ll be part of the DC cinematic universe, while Damon has had fun with the rumors about himself, commenting on how the classic-yet-corny Aquaman suit may translate to live-action.
News broke late last night from HitFix that Momoa will indeed play the King of the Seven Seas in not only Justice League, but will also make an appearance in Dawn of Justice. The site also confirms that Zack Snyder is nearly done with the costume designs for Aquaman so that filming for the character can take place soon.
HitFix goes on to explain a potential plot detail about Dawn of Justice, stating that while Man of Steel may have been filled with careless destruction sequences, Batman v Superman will most likely deal with “consequences”. It is also mentioned how Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg) will most likely use all of this destruction against Superman to make him seem like a monster. Here’s how the site interestingly ties Aquaman into the whole Man of Steel universe:
Someone else who’s not particularly happy about what happened in that film is Aquaman. I’m not sure if that’s the actual name they’ll use or not, but what we’re hearing is that he is not pleased about the World Engine and what it did to the Indian Ocean. He will not have a major role in the film, but he will make an appearance, and it definitely sets him up to return once Snyder gets to “Justice League.”
As with any rumor, make sure you’ve taken your grain of salt. Without an official statement from the studios nowadays, it’s hard to imagine what is fact and what is fiction. And while it does make sense that the casting of Momoa as a barbaric version of Aquaman would fit in well with the tone of the franchise, we’ll just have to wait and see what Warner Bros. and DC have to say.
What do you think about Khal Drogo playing Aquaman? Are you excited to see how the character fits into the cinematic universe?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016.
– Josh Sazin, 6/14/14