The recent delay of “Batman Vs. Superman,” which moved it to May 2016, is coming at a very interesting time for the superhero team-up. Just as production was about to begin, casting rumors and talk about how this film might connect to an eventual “Justice League” movie started to surface.
The addition of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman suggested that the “Man of Steel” sequel was much more than a meeting of Batman and Superman, but perhaps a bigger step towards “Justice League” than was originally thought. Then came the rumors that “Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa, who is said to be in negotiations for a role, would play the villain.
Those theories shifted after Momoa denied them, and now some fans think that he could pick up a triton to play Aquaman. But when we put the screws to him at Sundance about possibly being the king of Atlantis, Momoa stood by his previous answer that any talk of joining the DC universe was just that: talk.
“I get it all the time. It’s just a rumor. I swear,” Momoa said. Then to prove his seriousness, he offered MTV News’ Josh Horowitz some insurance. “Man to man. You can punch me in the face [if I’m lying],” he said. “You’re allowed to punch me in the face. No, it’s a flattering rumor.”
While Momoa, who was at Sundance promoting his new show “The Red Road,” certainly does seem dead-set on convincing the world that he won’t appear in “Batman Vs. Superman,” the industry trades tell a different story. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s account of the delay, Momoa is currently in negotiations for an undisclosed role.
When taking the rumors into consideration, the delay of “Batman Vs. Superman” doesn’t seem that surprising. Adding Wonder Woman increased the scope of the film significantly, and every rumor suggests that the film and the world of heroes in it are even bigger than anyone had expected back when it was first announced. Possibly adding Momoa could only increase the size of the movie further, and if Zack Snyder and company want to take their time to make sure it works, all the better.
Anyway, if the talk of Momoa joining the cast are true, whether it’s as Doomsday or Aquaman, one thing is for certain: He better watch his back at the next press junket.