We’ve known for the better part of a year that Jason Momoa will be playing Aquaman in Superhero Face Punch, but last night was the first time it was actually confirmed when Zack Snyder tweeted a picture of Momoa in full Aquaman costume, along with the words “Unite the Seven”. Seven what? Seven seas? Or seven heroes to form the Justice League? Superhero Face Punch stars Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, with Cyborg in a smaller role and Aquaman and The Flash making glorified cameo appearances. That’s six. So the seventh would be…Green Lantern? If so, he’s not showing up in Superhero Face Punch—he’s slated to make his debut in Justice League Part I.
Live-action Aquaman looks like Khal Drogo by way of Rob Zombie, but I’m going to give Snyder and his design team credit—this is WAY better than anything the comics have ever come up with. He could have looked like this:
I dig the tattoos that look like fish scales and also echo Polynesian tribal tattoos. I really appreciate that they cast an ethnic actor from an island culture as Aquaman. The character design is a great nod to both Momoa’s Polynesian roots and a great update for Aquaman as a character. There is beautiful mythology from the Polynesian, Samoan, and Maori cultures that could be woven into his back story to enrich the worldbuilding for that potential stand-alone movie. I don’t have expectations of Aquaman being much more than “wet Khal Drogo”, but he’s already more interesting than he’s ever been in the comics.