As far as we’re concerned, Jason Momoa will always be Khal Drogo. But since the Great Khal won’t return to Game of Thrones until “the sun rises in the west and sets in the east” (AKA never), we’re eager to see Momoa get some more work. Enter the DC Cinematic Universe. According to many, many rumors, Momoa will be our live-action Aquaman, probably appearing in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and potentially getting his own solo outing.
This is great news, everybody — despite the fact that Momoa is clearly not the blond, blue-eyed Aryan-esque Atlantean shown in the comics. Not convinced? Read on!
Reason #1: He studied marine biology in college.
Momoa unfortunately does not possess Aquaman’s awesome marine telepathy (the ability to communicate with sea life), but he’s worked hard to understand sea life to the best of his regular ol’ human ability. He was a marine biology major in college — though he eventually changed his major to wildlife biology.
Reason #2: He’s already played a great warrior of the “sea.”
On Game of Thrones, Khal Drogo was the Khal of the Great Grass Sea, and in the comics, Aquaman is often called the King of the Seven Seas (among other things). We don’t believe in coincidences. This was meant to be.¹
Reason #3: He’s at home on water sets.
After dabbling with a modeling career in his teens Momoa was cast as a young lifeguard Baywatch Hawaii.² As you can imagine (if you bizarrely missed this Baywatch offshoot), the role required lots of swimming, jet-skiing, and staring dreamily at various love interests.
Reason #4: Atlantis and him are old pals.
As previously mentioned, Aquaman is Atlantean, which is pretty freaking interesting considering Momoa was a memorable main character on Stargate Atlantis. Of course, on that show Atlantis was on the planet Lantea and in the comics Atlantis is a continent in the North Atlantic Ocean (on Earth), but it’s still a strange and glorious coincidence.
Reason #5: There’s really no question about his superhero-esque warrior qualifications.
Drogo, Conan the Barbarian, Baywatch lifeguard… Need we say more? Not only that but Momoa reportedly got the high-profile gig on Game of Thrones by performing the Haka, a traditional Maori warrior dance his father taught him.
Reason #6: He’s got the look — though not in the most conventional sense.
Look, we get it — for purists, Momoa isn’t checking all the boxes for Aquaman’s appearance. He’s got the height (6’4”!) and the build, but there’s no escaping his non-blue eyes and non-blond hair. But listen, since Aquaman is the descendent of Atlanteans, a superhuman splinter species of baseline humanity, we don’t see why we should be slapping our conventional notions of race on his casting.
Reason #7: He’s certified to save people in the water.
…And not just on TV. He worked as a real lifeguard in his teens, officially becoming the youngest lifeguard in the history of the Gulf Coast.³ Not bad, huh?
Hayley Igarashi for Zimbio: August 18th 2014
Aquaman: Unofficial poster by wormyt