Kevin Smith Weighs In On Jason Momoa’s Aquaman Casting In Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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Filmmaker, comic book writer and podcast aficionado Kevin Smith has remained a reliable and vocal source for news about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. He may not be involved at all in the film’s production, but his long standing relationship with Ben Affleck and intimate ties with both Warner Brothers and DC give him a bit of unprecedented access to the details that fans desperately want to know.

It’s a bit surprising then that he didn’t know Jason Momoa was cast as Aquaman in the film (though, to be fair, even Momoa himself won’t admit it publicly yet). However, Smith did recently talk about what he thinks of Momoa playing the Atlantean and often ridiculed member of the Justice League on the newest episode of his and Ralph Garman’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast, and had the following to say:

“Well, I think most people of course when they think of f****** Aquaman, they think of the traditional cartoon version, but the current version or incarnation is he’s a badass king of the seven seas, a warlord to some degree. So I could see where they would get away with casting this dude.”

[After looking at a photo of Momoa and Aquaman side by side] “Yeah I’ll buy it. Will they blonde his hair, you think? It’s awesome. Think about it dude, they used to make fun of Aquaman all the time. Aquaman, he only talks to f****** fishes. F****** say that to that dude’s face.”

Smith certainly has a point about the general public’s perception of the character. Over the years Aquaman has sort of been the laughing stock of the DC universe, though any comic book fan will tell you that he definitely does more than just “f****** talk to fishes.” Momoa in the role should certainly give the character a more brutal edge and make moviegoers think twice before making fun of his orange and green costume.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is directed by Zack Snyder and arrives in theaters on May 6th, 2016. The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Ray Fisher, Diane Lane, Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter, and Jeremy Irons.