You may have noticed Jason Momoa has been in the news a lot lately, and most likely he’ll remain in the headlines for quite a while now that Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder has tweeted a photo of Momoa as Aquaman. Momoa, best known for his role on Game of Thrones as the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo, looked imposing and warrior-like as the sea-dwelling superhero. Snyder seems to have delivered on his promise to make Aquaman “bada**” with his casting choice of Jason Momoa.
With the impressive shot of Momoa decked out in full Aquaman armor, the words accompanying the photo were almost overlooked. “Unite the Seven” appeared over Momoa along with the title Snyder tweeted, “There is only one true King.” As you can imagine, different theories are circulating as to what this could mean for Jason Momoa’s appearances in the upcoming films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League Part One, as well as how this will tie in with the standalone Aquaman movie.
Two theories have emerged as the most prominently discussed concerning the words “Unite the Seven” appearing across the image of Jason Momoa. One theory suggests it could be referencing the seven original members of the Justice League, while the other speculates it’s about the seven seas.
Michael Cavna and David Betancourt for the Washington Post pose the possibility of the seven seas having their own representatives who reject Aquaman because he’s half-human.
Andrew Dyce of Screenrant thinks the standalone movie will be based on a rival for the throne of Atlantis, leading to the Trident becoming a “highly sought-after weapon.”
With plot aside for the moment, what about Momoa’s character himself? Snyder promises Aquaman will be more than a hero — he’ll represent Polynesian culture, which has Momoa excited and “passionate” to play the part. Jason sees a connection between his heritage and that of the superhero. Part of Aquaman’s armor covering his left arm in the photo appears to resemble a shark’s teeth. Sharks are revered in Polynesian culture, and in an interview with Inked Magazine, Jason Momoa explains the shark is his family’s deity.
“It’s something my cousins all have, and it goes on the left side of your arm — it’s like a guardian. It’s basically like your power animal, whatever animal represents your family or your tribe. And ours is a shark, a mano. And then there are arrows that face out — out of your heart, that’s what it represents.”
You can catch Momoa’s debut as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year. In the meantime, further developed theories about plans for the character will surely surface. Until then, fans of Momoa and Aquaman can continue to let the powerful photo soak in.
With Jason Momoa taking on this role, I don’t think the underwater superhero will be the focus of mockery again anytime soon, do you? Except with Batman.
— The Batman (@TheBatman) February 21, 2015
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