The idea of a big-budget Aquaman movie was once the comedic subplot of an entire season of Entourage. But later this month, it’s going to become a reality when DC’s underwater superhero finally gets his first solo adventure on the big screen. Jason Momoa had already built some serious geek cred in Game of Thrones, Stargate Atlantis, and Conan the Barbarian before he was cast as Arthur Curry / Aquaman. When SYFY WIRE recently caught up with Momoa, he told us that it wasn’t Aquaman’s warrior side that attracted him to the role. Instead, it was the small touches that made him more human.
“I wanted to bring in the vulnerable side to him,” said Momoa. “And the abandonment from his mother, and it’s just a softer side... which you can identify with him more. Otherwise, badassery is just not enough.”
Naturally, we couldn’t resist asking Momoa who would win in a battle between Aquaman and his Game of Thrones character, Khal Drogo. Momoa ended up having a few specific ideas about how that fight would go down, and he picked a winner that we couldn’t really disagree with. Momoa also shared the story of how Zack Snyder recruited him for the role.
Amber Heard also spoke with us about the way that Snyder approached her to play Mera, and why she ultimately agreed to do it.
“At first I was reluctant,” recalled Heard. “I was a little trepidatious, and I had this vague image of [a] two-dimensional hyper-sexualized objectified character. Then I talked to Zack Snyder... he was like, ‘Let me stop you right there. It’s truly not her... Trust me, she’s a badass, she’s a warrior queen. Trust me on this.’ His promise did not disappoint.”
Heard also brought up SpongeBob SquarePants in a surprising context, but you’ll have to watch the entire video to hear those comments...