Jason Momoa to play Aquaman in ‘Batman v. Superman,’ reports say

June 17, 2014 | 10:18 a.m.
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Jesse Eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jim Lee / DC Entertainment; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Brian Bolland / DC Entertainment; Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

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Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Ethan Van Sciver / DC Entertainment; Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress and model Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Alex Ross / DC Entertainment; Handout)

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Aquaman. Jason Momoa is set to suit up as the Atlantean king in Warner Bros.’ superhero movie “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” according to multiple reports. HitFix was first with the news.

No official announcement has been made; so far the studio and Momoa’s reps have been mum.

Momoa, a swarthy hunk who played the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the title role in 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian,” has been rumored to be circling “Batman v. Superman” for months but has largely disavowed any involvement.

In January, he told MTV News, “I get it all the time. It’s just a rumor. I swear.” He added, “Man to man. You can punch me in the face [if I’m lying].”

Jason Momoa, who stars in "Conan the Barbarian," ate a lot of chicken breasts to add 30 pounds of muscle. (Brian Andrew Mendoza/Lionsgate)

Jason Momoa is seen in 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian.” (Brian Andrew Mendoza / Lionsgate)

The 34-year-old actor would bring a different look to Aquaman, who in the comics is a blond dude known to sport green tights. That said, a new twist on the character would be in keeping with director Zack Snyder’s m.o. on “Batman v. Superman,” which also stars Jesse Eisenberg as a much younger Lex Luthor than moviegoers are used to seeing.

Momoa does have ocean experience as well, having starred in TV’s “Baywatch.”

According to HitFix, Momoa will not have a major role in the “Man of Steel” sequel but will make an appearance, which will set him up to return in Snyder’s follow-up “Justice League” movie.

“Batman v. Superman” also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. It is set for release May 6, 2016.

— Oliver Gettell

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8 Responses to Jason Momoa to play Aquaman in ‘Batman v. Superman,’ reports say

  1. Brian says:

    seriously , aquaman?. some of the worst casting I have ever seen. marvel has them beat by a mile. what a shame they have to use all big named people.

  2. Brian says:

    horrible casting, what an embarrassment to Warner Bros. AQUAMAN SERIOUSLY !?

  3. nerdrage says:

    Ironic. He's more the Namor type…

    • Claus Talon says:

      You said it! Up until now, the only person I'd envisioned as Namor was Dwyane Johnson-but this guy would be a pretty good choice as well.

  4. marco says:

    What are you talking about! I think he will be great.

  5. HelloJMomoa! says:

    Here's one way to think outside of the box and develop a character! I can't wait to watch Momoa in this role!

  6. Claus Talon says:

    Actually the guy that was cast as Arthue Curry in "Smallville" would be a much better choice, regardless of his association with that series.

  7. Randy says:

    Joe Manganiello would make a way, way better aquaman hands down. Momoa is a fine actor, and would definately be a plus to this enterprise, but in this role, he would simply be miscast. Unfortunately, Mr. Snyder has his own particular vision of Aquaman, I'm sure, and has been given the pull to destroy this fantastic character by forcing us, the fans into accepting Momoa in this role.

    Too bad… I was actually looking forward to this because of Aquaman.

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