Following the recasting of Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck from their DC Universe roles, many fans grew concerned that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be the last they see of Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry. DC Studios co-chair Peter Safran assures fans that he plans on working with Momoa for years to come.
Jason Momoa’s version of the Protector of the Deep is a fan-favorite depiction of the character for the energy and passion he brings to the role. This in spite of only having two appearances under his belt in the Justice League film and his first solo outing as Aquaman. While no official word has been given on Aquaman being recast, the fate of his fellow Snyderverse co-stars have led fans to worry about Momoa’s future in the role. Luckily, Peter Safran used a recent interview to assure fans that Momoa isn’t going anywhere:
“I look forward to working with Jason for many years to come.” Safran told Men’s Health. “I would be happy for it to be in Arthur Curry’s world, but if/when another opportunity came up, I’d find another great character for him to create.”
That quote may leave many fans to speculate that, while Jason Momoa will stick around in the new DC Universe, the role of Aquaman may still be recast. While it’s definitely a possibility, Peter Safran, who serves as a producer for the Aquaman films, clarified that the bar to recast is high as “there are few superhero castings that are more perfect than Momoa as Aquaman.” He compared Arthur Curry’s feeling of being an outsider on land and sea to Momoa’s own feelings of ostracization upon moving to Iowa from Hawaii. He also points to Momoa’s love of the planet and fight to protect the natural world as a way to ensure fans that his fight still has a long way to go.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, television, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with all four DC Universe movies slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
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