Aquaman star Jason Momoa has revealed that relating to the superhero’s identity in terms of diversity is a big part of what drives him as the character. Momoa’s Arthur Curry, who debuted in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, will be of Hawaiian and Atlantean descent in James Wan’s solo flick, and the actor stated that he feels right at home in this role due to his own mixed heritage.
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“I can really relate, being born in Hawaii and raised in Iowa … [and him] coming from this Atlantis-Hawaii and not really feeling accepted in either place,” Momoa said to the Daily Mail. Seeds of his lineage and whether or not he’ll take the Atlantean crown were already sewn recently in Snyder’s Justice League, where fans saw Aquaman interacting with Mera (Amber Heard). She spoke to him about the throne of Atlantis, owed to him because of his mother, Queen Atlan, being monarch of the underwater kingdom.
However, the Leaguer, conflicted due to his father being human, is yet to take reins as king, which will be explored in Wan’s movie. He stated that he loves how Aquaman is “half-and-half” – half-man, half-fish – and added that his journey would be for outsiders from broken homes or for those that simply feel like they don’t belong.
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Wan’s movie has wrapped production and will pit Arthur against the likes of Black Manta, his brother Orm and Dolph Lundgren’s Nereus, as he struggles to maintain peace between the sea and surface worlds, all while uncovering his own destiny.
Debuting Dec. 21, 2018, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry and Dolph Lundgren as Nereus.