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Before Aquaman, Jason Momoa was almost in the MCU

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

Jason Momoa is firmly rooted in the DCEU as Aquaman, but there was once a time where his post-Khal future wasn't set in stone. There was a time where the long-haired Hawaiian almost ended up in the MCU instead. 

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Momoa recounts how there were several franchises looking into his services when his tenure with Game of Thrones ended, and Marvel was one of the interested parties. 

As he says, "I met the Russo brothers [directors of the MCU's second two Captain America films and Infinity War], who are amazing. It was one of the best meetings I’ve ever had. I was going to do something with them, which unfortunately didn’t work out." 

He doesn't reveal what character he was going to play, but he does say that he thinks that it would have been a villain. Momoa also recounts going in to audition for another MCU entry, Guardians of the Galaxy, where he read with Chris "Star-Lord" Pratt. Once again, he doesn't say which role he was up for, but we'd guess it was possibly Drax.

After these two brushes with the MCU, Zack Snyder came calling, and Momoa went in to audition for...Batman. According to Momoa, he "almost didn’t go because I was like, 'This is bulls–t. I’m not a white guy. I ain’t playing Batman.' Even if I do, I don’t even want to. It’s like an American playing James Bond, you know? I almost didn’t do it."

He goes on to say that he would've had a better shot at a DC character like Lobo, which we could totally see. He says he played Batman as "smart ass, jaded, and sarcastic." After that, Snyder had an idea. 

The idea, of course, was asking Momoa to play Aquaman. The rest, as they say, is Atlantean history.  

Momoa seems to have had a great time working with director James Wan on the solo Aquaman movie, and was surprised at how much of Momoa's spur-of-the-moment humor Wan kept in the movie. He's definitely interested in doing a full-on comedic film, and says he would love to do a movie like The Birdcage. We would watch that. 

He also opens up about being bullied when he was young, because he was the youngest boy in his class. Take heart, young ones — not only do things get better, but sometimes you turn into Jason Momoa. We don't imagine he gets bullied that much anymore. 

There is bound to be more Aqua-tastic news from Momoa and Wan when DC has their giant SDCC panel on Saturday. Can't be there in person? Worry not — we have your back. Click here for SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of SDCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

(Via: Entertainment Weekly)

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