Jason Momoa is terrible at keeping secrets.
That’s not us being mean—that’s something that he freely admits. In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the grizzled, bearded giant explained that he found it incredibly difficult to keep his casting as Aquaman a secret in the run-up to Batman v Superman.
According to Momoa, he was forced to keep his casting under wraps for “about four or five years” before he was able to talk publicly about the role.
Except, that doesn’t just sound difficult—it sounds utterly implausible that Momoa would have to keep things a secret for that long.
It was first announced that Momoa would be playing Aquaman in 2014, meaning that, to keep this a secret for five years, Momoa would have been cast as the character before the release of The Dark Knight Rises, three years before Man of Steel reached theaters.
Let’s give Momoa the benefit of the doubt here (and not just because he could crush us all between his thighs if he wanted to). Maybe he finds keeping secrets so onerous that a single year felt like five years to him.
This would make more sense, not least because Momoa screen tested as Drax the Destroyer for Guardians of the Galaxy in February of 2013, which is a bit mean if he’d already been cast as Aquaman and knew he couldn’t take the Marvel job.
Assuming, of course, that the oft-spoken of unofficial non-compete issues that keep DC and Marvel from sharing actors is genuine.
Either way, things worked out for the best. It’s unlikely that Momoa would have enjoyed shaving off his magnificent beard in order to play Drax, and a world without Dave Bautista as the loveably earnest warrior isn’t probably a darker timeline than the one we’ve ultimately ended up in (unless it somehow would have prevented the rise of Trump, in which case, we’d like to petition to jump dimensions if possible).
Perhaps, instead, Momoa meant that it’s been four or five years since he was cast, which fits a bit better with the timeline—if he was cast in 2012 or 2013, it would make sense that he’d still be considering other work.
Still, though, five years is a long time to have to wait between initially getting offered a role, and finally seeing your character appear on the big screen in a significant role. It shows that DC has always had faith in its shared cinematic universe, but it does prove just how many careers are relying on Aquaman and other DC movies proving successful.
With Justice League heading to theaters this November, DC gets another chance at attempting to perfect their somewhat broken superhero movie formula. This will be the first time we get to see Jason Momoa playing Aquaman for anything more than a brief cameo, but nobody’s really worried about how well he’ll do in the role.
The bigger question is whether, yet again, an incredible actor will be wasted in a sub-par DC comic book movie.
If Jason Momoa thought that keeping Aquaman a secret was hard, wait ‘til he receives the kind of negative press that Ben Affleck had to suffer through in the wake of Batman v Superman.