It is no secret that DC has been criticised several times for their choice of casting. Who could forget the fan reaction after the production house announced that Christian Bale was replaced by Ben Affleck. A more recent example being the outrage caused after Ruby Rose was cast as the Batwoman. While we will reserve our comments on these casting decisions for another day, we are here to discuss how DC’s decision to cast Jason Momoa as Aquaman was the best thing ever.
The DC superhero has been deemed as one of the weakest characters from the comic books. Many pop culture shows have joked about his sole superpower – he can talk to fishes. However, not many understand that he is capable of more than that. And Jason brings those qualities to the fore with ease.
His Game of Thrones connection:
The Hawaiian actor, who was introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice followed by Justice League, was handpicked by filmmaker Zack Snyder. The actor was taken on board when he was a relatively fresh face. He was associated with Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.
Jason had to keep his role in the DC Extended Universe a secret for four years. While he kept that hidden safely on the seabed, he was building an army of fans from the Game of Thrones world. By the time his role as the Aquaman was announced, Momoa already had already a huge fan base and his association to the Aquaman has benefited the movie.
Swims like a fish:
And when we saw him suit up as the Aquaman in the movie yesterday (read the review here), it felt right. It felt like he was meant to play the role. And we are not saying this with regard to just his looks. Yes, that man is one fine looking specimen of the human male species but there is more to him than just that.
There are scenes in the movie where the actor is diving into the sea and transforming himself into a sea-creature, like he was born to do it. Momoa did not seem like he was doing underwater activity for the first time. He was so natural.
His tattoo pronounced him Aquaman before DC did:
If the visuals aren’t convincing enough, there is a real connection that Momoa holds with his reel character – his arm tattoo. If you noticed the tattoo on his arm, those triangle marks have an aquatic connection. The actor, in an interview with Fresh TV back in 2013, said that the tattoo is a Hawaiian family’s crest. The tattoo is a nod to their guardian - the shark.
"It's supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring in the light, but we're still working on that,” he said. The tattoo has been drawn on him to protect him from the sharks when he enters the ocean. The design is drawn in a way to help sharks recognise him as one of their own.
Look at that bod!
Apart from that, Jason also flaunts a beefed-up body, which shows that superpowers or no, he could beat the sh*t out of someone, especially those who refuse to let go of the “all Aquaman can do is talk to fishes” jokes.
The actor wanted the joke to be removed from Justice League as well. Fans would remember Ben Affleck’s Batman aka Bruce Wayne smirked, “I hear you can talk to fish” in the 2017 release. “I’m like, ‘Don’t put this line in there, because that’s all people are going to say,” Momoa told Entertainment Weekly. “Do you want me to make him cool or not?”
But he’s humble too:
While he can be intimidating, Aquaman is a humble character and we’ve seen Jason’s down-to-earth persona in talk shows and on Instagram.
And the actor has given it his best shot. He has left no stone unturned to make sure he puts an unquestionable performance – be it in the fight sequences or throwing the trident. You can catch a glimpse of it here:
We think DC has hit a home-run by casting Jason Momoa for Aquaman. What do you think? Tweet to @bollywood_life and let us know your thoughts.
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