Batman V Superman’s non-white Aquaman is a big deal

Jason Momoa breaks the silence on his Aquaman role in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Aquaman as he appears in the DC comics
Aquaman as he appears in the DC comics

One aspect of the Aquaman role in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice that we’ve been quick to embrace – along with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman – is the non-white* casting. (*Or non-European descent, if we’re being particularly semantic about it)

Game Of Thrones and Conan star Jason Momoa finally broke the silence on the role, telling what compelled the Hawaii-born beefcake to take on the role.

“The greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives.

“It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe. I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it. And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.”

Jason Momoa in 2011's Conan The Barbarian
Jason Momoa in 2011’s Conan The Barbarian

Momoa also expanded cautiously on Aquaman’s role in the Justice League movie and his prospective solo movie, saying, “I know the Justice League will come [before the Aquaman solo movie]. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if it will be [set] prior to Justice League or post.

“I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from. It will probably be his whole origin story I would think…I mean I don’t even want to get quoted on this shit. ”

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be released on 6 May 2016 – read our analysis of the new Superman picture and the new Wonder Woman pictureFor more on the comics that have inspired the movie, pick up our 100 All-Time Greatest Comics bookazine now!