The rumor has been out there for months, but while we still don’t have an official confirmation, HitFix is reporting from their sources that Jason Momoa is indeed cast as Aquaman in Zach Snyder’s currently in-production Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
According to the site’s sources “Zack Snyder has already finalized his designs for the character so shooting can take place soon.”
So how does the aquatic superhero fit into the sequel? Well, details about the planned storyline have been scarce, though it has been hinted that it will concentrate on the reactions of various people to the destruction wrought by the rampaging Kryptonians in last summer’s Man Of Steel and it turns out that as King of the underwater nation of Atlantis, Aquaman has a few things to say.
One of the things that has driven me crazy since the release of “Man Of Steel” is when people say that the last act of the film is a problem since there’s no consequences for Superman after all of the destruction that results from his battle with Zod. I felt like it was pretty clear walking out of the theater that the next film would have to be all about consequences. I suspected that Lex Luthor would use the destruction as a way of making Superman look like a monster, and it sounds like that is indeed one of the major ideas that they’re playing with in “Dawn Of Justice.”
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.”
I know that there is going to be a portion of fandom not thrilled with the idea of yet another superhero making their way into this film. Outside of its titular leads (being played by Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck), we also have Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) showing up for the proceedings. We’ll see how Snyder manages this increasingly complicated juggling act.