Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.
This week’s heresy:
“As the increasingly bizarre rumours roll out from behind the scenes of the DC film world, one bright and gleaming spark of positive news has actually emerged: Jason Momoa is going to be playing Aquaman.”
Regular readers (hello to both of you) will know that I don’t have much faith in DC’s current film operation. For one thing, they are far too late off the marks. For another, Zack Snyder.
But in all of my waves of cynicism, behind all of the hate, there is some positive news to be had out of Warner Brother’s “fun-free-zone“: Jason Momoa has been confirmed as the actor who will be playing Aquaman.
Now, Aquaman is another frequent subject of my derision (usually classed as the second most useless superhero, just behind Daredevil — though it has been pointed out to me that this is simply down to my limited comics exposure), but I am feeling hopeful about this. For one thing, Jason Momoa is far from the first person who you would think of to play Aquaman.
You may recognise him as playing the gruffly violent Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. Or maybe you’ll know him from playing the discount-Teal’c character Ronon Dex in SF spin-off Stargate Atlantis. Whatever, he doesn’t exactly look like this:
Which is good. DC have been playing it far too safe recently. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy made warehouses full of money by being dark and grittily realistic. So that’s what they are going with as the rule, rather than experimenting. Man of Steel. Batman v Superman. It’s not really good enough in a world where Marvel are making Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man into successful summer blockbusters (well, not Ant-Man yet, but is anyone really doubting it at this point?).
In all of this, and a frankly lacklustre-looking Wonder Woman who looks more like a Xena knock-off, an Aquaman film staring Jason Momoa might just be a bit more adventurous. It isn’t actually confirmed yet, so far he is only confirmed for (probably a cameo in) Batman v Superman, but we can only hope that if DC are serious about this “making films” lark then it’s a fair bet they’ll follow it up.
I’m still not sold on the emerging tone of DC’s film franchise. And Zack Snyder is still patently a bad choice for director. But, between Ben Affleck as Batman and now Jason Momoa as Aquaman, at least the casting team are making an effort.