Much has been made about the presence of Aquaman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In a movie where two of the biggest superheroes of the DC comic world would battle each other, the presence of a third always seemed unnecessary. Director Zack Snyder first got in Wonder Woman, which still felt to be a reasonable choice considering she has her own strong personality which can add some weight to the movie. And then Snyder surprisingly announced the name of Aquaman, a less famous hero of the DC universe who has been the butt of many jokes in The Big Bang Theory TV series. But Snyder is not one to take things lightly. He has unveiled the first picture of Aquaman, being played by Jason Momoa, and this might make you alter your perception too.
Alright, you have to agree with me here… this is quite impressive! These are early days yet, and the first photo does not tell an entire story, but this Aquaman seems way ahead of the red and green dressed Aquaman we have seen in the comics. Jason Momoa is a bulky fellow, standing 1.93 metres tall and weighing I dunno how many crazy pounds. Any one who has seen him as Khal Drogo in the HBO series Game of Thrones would testify to that. No wonder he got the lead role in Conan the Barbarian reboot, stepping in the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger. So when Zack Snyder cast him as Aquaman, there was going to be something more menacing and gritty about the character than we are used to.
The tattooed body, the armored hands, the intensity in the eyes and the massive trident give a great first shot of Snyder’s Aquaman. One can easily see this character bellowing commands to mighty waves and playing a role in the fight between Batman and Superman. His role is expected to be a brief one though in the 2016 movie, but the tag line of ‘Unite the Seven’ across the picture seems to be a shout out to the subsequent Justice League movies. So we have the initial shots of Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman so far, apart from Superman, which leaves us with Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern. The DC cinematic universe is expanding fast, quite unlike the patient buildup shown by Marvel, though how the audience will respond to it remains to be seen. The early signs do look good; let’s keep hoping for more!