So far, what we know of Aquaman’s role in Justice League is a bit of a mixed bag and up until marketing ramped up in recent weeks, that may not have been as obvious as it is currently. We know he’s got the abs, he’s apparently got an attitude and he clearly has the armor with the trademark Trident. But in a recent interview with SFX Magazine, Jason Momoa revealed that Aquaman is no king in Justice League — far from it.
In fact, according to the former Game of Thrones actor, Arthur Curry doesn’t truly become the king of Atlantis until the end of his solo film in 2018. Until then, we might as well keep calling him Water Drogo.
In the interview, Momoa said fans of the source material may actually find it hard see how Aquaman is portrayed, as somewhat of a reluctant hero and disconnected from his royal roots. Here’s what he had to say:
“Aquaman, he’s not even really Aquaman yet. He’s not the King of the Seven Seas. We don’t really get there until my solo movie, at the end. Really, it’s a huge growth for me. It’s a gigantic arc for Arthur Curry. It may be tough for a lot of fans to watch what they’re gonna see, how I portray him. But you gotta wait until we get to the solo movie to really know. Because he’s not King yet.”
And as what anyone struggling to come to grips with their underwater royalty, uncertainty for Curry will be played up big in Justice League. That, Momoa said, is where his character could lose some of the diehard fans.
“That’s kind of tough to play. We gotta figure out the origin, where we’re going. Some people will be like, ‘This isn’t my Aquaman.’ But we’re not there yet.”
Though trailers for Justice League have shown an Arthur Curry reluctant to join the good fight, this still does bring up some questions. Mera is known to be involved in the film along with the Atlanteans, Curry very clearly dons some Atlantean armor and picks up his Trident …. So where does that all come from and what role will Mera be playing?
Is this an Aquaman who already knows of his royalty and has turned that down along with rejecting Bruce Wayne and company? Though Justice League will be focusing on its new heroes in Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg, Curry’s arc does seem like the biggest of the three if the film were to set all this up. But just like how we must wait for Curry to be king, we’ll have to wait for these questions to be answered in just over a month. Here is the synopsis for Justice League:
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen and J.K. Simmons. Justice League unites in theaters on Nov. 17.
Directed by James Wan and written by Will Beall, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. Aquaman is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on Dec. 21, 2018.