Zack Snyder, the filmmaker in charge of the latest effort to put DC Comics characters on the big screen, tweeted on Thursday night a photo of Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis and co-founder of the Justice League. “There is only one true King. #unitetheseven,” Snyder’s tweet reads. Momoa’s superhero will appear alongside Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Snyder’s upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as a future Aquaman movie.
Following in the tradition of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Snyder’s 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel, the character’s big screen iteration is much darker than the Aquaman found in the comics since his debut in 1941. As you can see in the photo below, Aquaman has traditionally sported a green and gold bodysuit, while Momoa’s dreadlocked version of the hero seems to be closer in spirit to his character Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones and his gritty Conan the Barbarian. At least he still has Aquaman’s familiar five-pointed spear.
In the comics, Aquaman was a founding member of the Justice League. Arthur, King of Atlantis, rules Earth’s oceans and has superstrength and can talk with sea life.
After debuting in Batman v. Superman, Aquaman is expected to in Justice League Part One (Nov. 17, 2017) before starring in his own solo adventure Aquaman (July 27, 2018) and regrouping with his superhero pals in Justice League Part Two (June 14th, 2019).
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