Jason Momoa’s casting as Aquaman has received a mixed reception since the unveiling some months ago. When the Game Of Thrones star made his first appearance in the Unite The Seven teaser posters, it certainly had the fans talking. However, there seems to be some common criticism about the characters most famous trait — his costume.
Fans can relax a little, though. Momoa hinted that the outfit, which contains shades of grey and black in promotional material thus far, may hark back to traditional colours on the screen. In an interview with The Robot’s Voice, when asked about the famous Aquaman tights, he dropped this subliminal hint.
“Well, there might be some bit of orange and green. A bit of respect to prior work, but I think he is meaner now and upset – look at what has been done to our oceans. That’s his world that has been polluted.”
Momoa also kept quiet about a potential Aquaman solo outing, when asked if he will feature in two movies beyond Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“Well, we will see. I really can’t say much on that right now.”
So, DC is still keeping some things under wraps, but we already know an Aquaman movie is headed our way in 2018, as confirmed by Screen Rant in October 2014. It’s also good to see Momoa referring to Aquaman in a normal, modern-world context. Whether other movies come to fruition depends on the success of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which, in featuring Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg, is introducing us to the Justice League, DC’s answer to The Avengers.
Viewers and DC fanatics, and even normal superhero fans, will know by now that DC is a more adult based franchise, starting with The Dark Knight Trilogy, continuing with Man of Steel, and even expanding to The Flash and Arrow on network television. Zach Synder — the director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — has always preferred a color palette dominated by the darker shades, and seems to be keeping the trend in the next movie.
Arrow and The Flash have modernized their respective TV characters with muted colors in their outfits, something in keeping with Nolan’s Batman and Snyder’s Superman before them. As shown in the trailer, Wonder Woman will also be sporting a deep, dark red outfit. It works for DC, it differentiates the movies from Marvel, a more family orientated franchise. Whether this can result in big dollars for their motion pictures remains to be seen.
It’s off to a good start though, with Man of Steel grossing $668 million at the box office, a tidy sum and a perfect accompanying figure to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, which grossed $2.463 billion overall between 2005 and 2012. When Batman and Superman collide, it’s not only a massive moment in film history, but possibly a defining one for DC.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25, 2016.
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