The superhero movie Aquaman, which will star Jason Momoa as the titular character, has recently been in the news for a big announcement regarding its release date. According to Ross A. Lincoln of Deadline, Warner Bros. has now declared that the film will reach movie theaters on October 5, 2018.
The 6-foot-4 inch Momoa, who brings somewhat of a new face to DC comics character of Aquaman, has carved out a bit of a niche playing tough, physically intimidating characters. Momoa is perhaps best known for his role in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. A major character in the show’s first season, Momoa portrayed warrior Khal Drogo, the leader of the Dothraki and husband of Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen. He has had a couple of other notable roles as well.
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In 2011, the Aquaman actor earned the lead role in the Conan The Barbarian remake, playing the character that Arnold Schwarzenegger made famous three decades earlier. The Inquisitr recently reported on how Momoa has been cast to star in the remake of The Crow as well. Momoa also recently starred in the Sundance series The Red Road, though it was canceled after a short, two-season run.
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Deadline describes how Momoa has already brought his portrayal of Aquaman, aka Arthur Curry, to life on the big screen in the form of a cameo. In the recent film Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Momoa made his first appearance as Aquaman.
In the upcoming movie Justice League, which will be released in between Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the standalone Aquaman film, Deadline seems to imply that Momoa will have more screen time as the superhero.
“The character will next be seen in a major role in the Zack Snyder-directed follow up Justice League, which sees the major heroes of the DC Universe united to face off against DC Villain Steppenwolf.”
Zack Snyder, who brought Frank Miller’s graphic novels to life in 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire, is the director of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice as well as Justice League. It will be about a year-long wait before Justice League comes out as well. According to IMDb, Justice League, which will also star Ben Affleck as Batman and Ezra Miller as The Flash, will reach theaters on November 17, 2017.
Aquaman will be directed by James Wan, who is known for his work on movies such as Saw, Insidious, Furious 7, and several others. Snyder will serve as a producer for Aquaman, according to IMDb.
While the new trio of movies may be bringing Aquaman to an entirely new generation of viewers, the history of his character goes back seven and a half decades. According to DCcomics, Aquaman made his first comic book appearance in “More Fun Comics” in 1941.
DCcomics further describes Aquaman as “King of the Seven Seas” and “Reluctant ruler of Atlantis.” Aquaman has a number of superpowers, which DCcomics describes as well. His powers include the ability to breathe underwater, being able to swim at incredibly rapid speeds, and having “superhuman strength.” He also has telepathic abilities, enabling him to converse with marine life.
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In addition to Momoa, Aquaman will feature other notable names such as Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe. Heard and Dafoe will star as Aquaman’s wife Mera and Nuidis Vulko, respectively. Both characters will make their debuts in Justice League, according to Adam Holmes of CinemaBlend.
CinemaBlend also explains how Aquaman was originally supposed to be released a bit earlier, with the summer of 2018 being the targeted release date at first. Fans will now have to wait a bit longer to see Momoa in Aquaman.
“For a long time, DC’s King of the Seven Seas was expected to go on his solo adventure on July 27, 2018, but that’s no longer the case. It’s now been revealed that Aquaman will arrive in October of that same year.”
Although many might have preferred an earlier release date for Aquaman, perhaps the two-month delay may end up being worth the wait. When it is finally released in the fall of 2016, Aquaman will be available in both 3D and Imax, according to Deadline.
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