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The news that Jason Momoa would be playing Aquaman has been known for quite some time. However, it turns out the secret was kept a lot longer than we thought, because Momoa knew he would be playing the role for quite a while. It turns out that Momoa had to keep the Aquaman secret for something like five years.
The revelation comes from Jason Momoa's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The host pointed out tat the last time Momoa had been on the show he hadn't been allowed to talk about being Aquaman. The actor responds by admitting that had to keep the secret for "like four or five years."
To hear that Jason Momoa had been on board to play Aquaman for that long seems more than a little shocking. The first reports that Momoa would be playing the role hit in the summer of 2014. Warner Bros. did not confirm that the reports were true until the fall of that year. That was over two years ago. The idea that Momoa had been cast in the role four or five years before that seems surprising. Henry Cavill was only officially announced as Superman for Man of Steel in January of 2011.
We wonder if Jason Momoa means it's been four or five years since the deal was made. That timeline makes at least a little bit more sense, as it would mean that Momoa only had to keep the secret for a couple of years before it was revealed. It still seems like a fairly long time, as that would put the casting shortly after Man of Steel was released, but by then it's likely that the beginning of the DC Extended Universe was being built.
It does make one wonder that if Warner Bros. signed Jason Momoa that long ago, what other plans were they putting together? While things certainly may have changed over the last few years, it's possible that other casting decisions were being worked on back then as well. As we sit her now wondering who will be cast as the two leads of Green Lantern Corps is it possible the decisions have already been made, and we just don't know it yet?
Jason Momoa says he's not good at keeping secrets, but he did a pretty good job of keeping this one. We'll learn everything else he knows about the character when Justice League debuts November 17.