[UPDATED] Holy Seahorse, Batman! Khal Drogo Might Be Our New Aquaman!

My Sun and Starfish!


Yeah, that’s right. I put my bad photoshop skills to work for you.

Our trusty weekend editors brought you this news the other day but I, as a Game of Thrones/DC Comics obsessor, couldn’t let it go by without making a big stink.

We recently had unconfirmed word of Warner Bros. upcoming superhero movie slate. It included the awkwardly titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for 2016 and Zack Snyder’s Justice League project for 2017. We knew for sure Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Cyborg would be involved but a new report says Aquaman is also a go and Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa is almost set to play him. actually says Momoa is “totally” playing Aquaman but there’s no confirmation from the studio. You may recall back in December of 2013, it was reported the actor was in negotiations for the film previously referred to as the Man of Steel sequel. Back then, they were leaning toward him playing the hero Martian Manhunter or villain Doomsday. However, Momoa himself said he turned down a shirtless superhero role previously, that of Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again,” said Momoa. “I want my children to see their father happy. It’s not that it’s not a good role, it just wasn’t the right thing. I was on Stargate: Atlantis for four years playing a similar character called Ronon, who was an alien who didn’t say much and grunted. I’ve been there and done that, whether people have seen it or not. You want to stretch.”

Well, Aquaman can be happy, depending on who’s writing him. Of course if he’s playing the undersea king, we imagine there might be one or two instances where Momoa winds up shirtless. Maybe. Probably. Most definitely. Hitfix gives a bit more information on what the role could mean:

While Warner Bros. hasn’t made that announcement officially yet, HitFix can confirm that he will be playing the part, and that Zack Snyder has already finalized his designs for the character so shooting can take place soon…

Someone else who’s not particularly happy about what happened in [from Man of Steel] is Aquaman. I’m not sure if that’s the actual name they’ll use or not, but what we’re hearing is that he is not pleased about the World Engine and what it did to the Indian Ocean. He will not have a major role in the film, but he will make an appearance, and it definitely sets him up to return once Snyder gets to “Justice League.”

Now for the audience participation segment of this post: please use some photoshop magic on this and this. I look forward to seeing your progress.

[Update] The Hollywood Reporter has added their voice to the chorus saying sources have also told them Momoa has the role.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."