The Native Hawaiian/German/Irish/Native American actor and director will portray the king of the seven seas in Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters March 25, 2016, as well as a two-part Justice League film, and a solo Aquaman film in 2018.
Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, Aquaman debuted in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. He was a founding member of the Justice League of America.
Momoa confirmed his role as the character during an appearance at October’s Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta where he stated, “I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on.”
At the time he was unsure if a solo movie “will be [set] prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from. It will probably be his whole origin story, I would think.”
He also explained his initial denial that he had signed on as Aquaman saying, “You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet.”
He continued: “You know what I mean, I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.”
Dawn of Justice also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams a Lois Lane, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Superwoman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther.