Ahead of this month’s Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, Jason Momoa has cast doubt on his future as the salty superhero.
From his first appearance in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Jason Momoa has brought an infectious sense of glee to his take on Arthur Curry, better known by his nom de superhero, Aquaman.
When it comes to his future in the role of the King of Atlantis, however, Momoa sounds rather less upbeat. Speaking to ET Online (via Deadline), the actor has cast doubt on whether he’ll continue playing the title character after the release of Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, out in cinemas this month.
“If the audience loves it,” Momoa said of that sequel, “then there’s a possibility. But right now, I’m like, ‘It’s not looking too good.'”
Note that this isn’t necessarily because of the quality of the second Aquaman film itself, but rather its position in a cinematic universe in a state of flux. Since Aquaman 2 began filming in 2021, the DC Extended Universe it formed a part of has been set aside, essentially making The Lost Kingdom the last entry in a saga which began a decade ago with Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel.
Warner Bros has since set up DC Studios, overseen by producer Peter Safran and filmmaker James Gunn, who are both CEOs of that company. Together, they’re essentially rebooting the whole franchise as the DC Universe (they dropped the ‘Extended’ – sounds cleaner), with the first films in that new continuity being Creature Commandos and Superman: Legacy. As a result, even Momoa isn’t sure where his Curry fits in with that rebooted timeline.
“I don’t necessarily want it to be the end,” he said, “[but] I don’t think it’s really, like, a choice […] If there’s a place in their world for me, I would love to be a part of it.”
After what was reportedly a long and fraught production, Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom arrives in cinemas on the 22nd December. Cinema chain owners are reportedly nervous about its box office fate, though more recent predictions are a little sunnier.
Whatever the future holds for Momoa’s Aquaman, we can at least enjoy the actor’s company on the small screen – he’s set to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story – in silk pyjamas no less – later this month.