Late last night, Zack Snyder took to Twitter to share the first picture of Jason Momoa as Aquaman. You can see the full pic at the bottom of this post. As you might expect, he looks less like a guy who simply talks to fish, and more like a guy who’ll toss a swordfish like a javelin to stab you in the chest after he overheard you making a joke about how he talks to fish. In short, I’m pretty sure he’s actually Poseidon, not Aquaman.
In an earlier interview, Snyder came to such roaring defense of the Aquaman character that he all but confessed to the fact that Aquaman would be in his upcoming Batman vs. Superman film. An exact quote from that defense: “[N]ot to say he’s in my movie or anything like that, but he has the potential to be bad ass, that’s all I’m saying.” He sounded like he was Aquaman himself on a first date with a girl who didn’t realize she was at Pappadeaux’s with the ruler of Atlantis and innocently made a crack at his expense. “I mean, I’m not saying I am Aquaman or anything, nor that I can hear the screaming souls of the scallops you casually pop into your slanderous mouth, but maybe you should watch what you say about the awesome King of the Seas who’s friends with Superman and knows where your dad lives.”
Joking aside, Momoa is an excellent casting choice, as he instantly brings authority to the character. I can’t say I’m a fan of how washed out it looks, but by now there’s little point to criticizing Snyder’s aversion to slightly livelier colors. He’s going to do what he does; a lot of people are very vocal about their dislike for what Snyder does, but I’m still willing to give Dawn of [the] Justice [League] a shot to be something memorable.