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While Aquaman has been a part of pop culture since his creation in 1941, the upcoming Aquaman movie offers a major opportunity for reinvention. We've already gotten a taste of what Jason Momoa is bringing to the character courtesy of Justice League, but his solo adventure will be a chance for the DC Extended Universe to dig much deeper. So what does Jason Momoa want people to see from the hero in James Wan's movie? In his own words, he wants him to be perceived as blue collar:
While primarily set after the events of Justice League, Aquaman will dive into the character's origins and unveil his unique background, and it seems it will be this exposure to his roots that will reveal him as the blue collar hero Jason Momoa wants you to see. This comes from a roundtable interview I did last summer on the set of Aquaman, which I had the chance to visit along with a small group of other film journalists. We had a good amount of time to sit down with Momoa to discuss his vision for Arthur Curry, and a bit part of it for him is recognizing the character's humanity in addition to his power.
Continuing, Jason Momoa further explained how that that divide between two worlds advances the character and makes him a deeper individual. He is in the unfortunate position of being a part of two very different worlds, and that in a way makes him a part of no worlds. He has his prejudices on both sides, but it's also his relationship to both that Momoa believes will make him a just king when he gets to that point. Said the actor,
Jason Momoa clearly sees Arthur Curry as individualistic but driven by a strong morality, and is working to make him an everyman in that way. In contrast, though, the same can't really be said for Black Manta -- the legendary DC Comics villain who will be adapted in live-action for the first time in Aquaman, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. During our time with the actor, he was asked what he would say to his character if he were to see him in a bar, and he had a very comical response:
These are some enlightening takes on important characters, and we are now just a few months from seeing them up on the big screen. Aquaman will be bringing its eponymous hero and Black Manta to theaters this December, specifically on December 21st. With a supporting cast that also includes Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Ludi Lin, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman, we are definitely excited -- and will have more for you from my time on set soon.