One of the flashier introductions to a new superhero onscreen has to be Aquaman in Justice League. For in this film, fans get a gnarly glimpse of Jason Momoa as a hard-drinking and hard-living bro who hits the waves and his enemies in equal measure. However, it is only that. A glimpse. This is something Momoa was deeply aware of during the Justice League press conference in London this weekend. Crediting Zack Snyder for masterminding this interpretation of the character, Momoa is also aware that fans want to see much more of this character and his life in Atlantis—which along with Amber Heard as Mera appears for only one very nifty scene in Justice League. Luckily, Momoa promises the complete grandeur of life under the sea is coming soon in 2018 with Aquaman’s first solo movie.
“It all sort of came from Zack’s mind. Aquaman wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” Momoa says. “When I stepped into his room, and he told me his vision of me playing this character, the one thing that I was really concerned about when I did my homework was I knew this would be basically just a weekend in his life, and I just wanted to make sure the fans knew that this gruff character, this man who lives in the tides and really is not accepted in two different places—we really needed to know where he came from and why he’s as grumpy and a bit of an asshole to Batman.”
Momoa adds, “I want people to know in a year, you’re going to understand where he came from, what happened to his mother, what happened to his father, and how he was treated in this world and how he didn’t know how to use his powers. Sometimes he saved people and sometimes he lost people, and his human side didn’t know how to cope with those things, to cover up those things. So you know there’s a lot of layers to this guy. And I think once we do get to the solo films, you get to see the man who is going to take responsibility and help the world and become a king, eventually.”
He then pauses before continuing with a chuckle, “A lot of people are like, ‘That’s not my Aquaman!’ Just wait a little bit longer. Just stick with it for a little bit longer.”
The Aquaman who fans will see in Justice League, however, is plenty scene-stealing as it is, which will become apparent when the movie opens on Nov. 17. Aquaman will also have his day in the solo spotlight on Dec. 21, 2018.