Jason Mamoa tells fans to "stick with" his incarnation of Aquaman
'Stick with it for a little bit longer.'
Aquaman has never had it easy. Whether it's the long-running jokes about his powers being "talking to fish" or the quest to be cool, there's a lot of skepticism surrounding the hero. Now that the hero is finally coming to the big screen, there seems to be a polar opposite sort of reluctance directed at Jason Mamoa's take on the King of the Seven Seas.
He's not the character from the comics.
Mamoa wants fans to know that Aquaman is a far more in-depth character than what you see in the trailers and that in time, fans will come to understand what his character is all about.
"For the people who are like, 'He's not really Aquaman,' it's like, just wait a little bit longer," said Momoa at Justice League presser in London. "Stick with it for a little bit longer."
"I want people to know that, in a year, you're going to understand where he came from, what happened to his mother, what happened to his father, and how he was treated in this world. He didn't know how to use his powers. And sometimes he saved people, and sometimes he lost people, and his human side didn't know how to cope with those things, and he would cover up those things. There's a lot of layers to this guy, and I think once we do get to the solo film and you get to see the man, he's going to take responsibility and help the world and become a king eventually."
To be fair, the trailers don't really set Aquaman up to be anything more than a paper-thin badass that borrows his in-action "WOOHOO!" demeanor from Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man. And a film like Justice League that needs to split screen time between five different heroes just doesn't have the opportunity to dive into characterization. So what Mamoa is saying is true; that fans need to be patient, and that the solo film will (hopefully) flesh him out a bit more.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17th, 2017 while Aquaman arrives in December 2018.