Aquaman's Future in Peril? Jason Momoa Expresses Doubts About Franchise Continuation in Exclusive Interview

Jason Momoa expressed doubts about continuing as Aquaman beyond "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom." While hopeful for audience support, Momoa acknowledged uncertainties amid changes in DC film leadership.

Dec 16, 2023 - 14:04
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Aquaman's Future in Peril? Jason Momoa Expresses Doubts About Franchise Continuation in Exclusive Interview
Jason Momoa as Aquaman in 'Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,' 2023. WARNER BROS. PICTURES / COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET), Jason Momoa, the charismatic star of "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom," opened up about his concerns regarding the future of the Aquaman franchise. Despite relishing his role as the iconic DC superhero, Momoa expressed uncertainty about the continuation of his tenure as the legendary King of Atlantis.

Speaking with ET's Ash Crossan in London during the promotion of the upcoming film, Momoa addressed reports suggesting that his portrayal of Aquaman might come to an end after "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom."

He shared, "I don’t necessarily want it to be the end... [but] I don’t think it's really, like, a choice." Momoa explained that James Gunn and Peter Safran, who are set to lead future DC film projects, are inclined to embark on a new direction for the franchise.

"The truth of it is, I mean, if the audience loves it, then there's a possibility," Momoa stated optimistically regarding the chance of reprising the role. However, he candidly admitted, "But right now, I’m like, 'It's not looking too good.'"

Expressing his deep connection to the character, Momoa revealed, "I love this character and [I would want to] play it for a long time." He expressed his vision for the character's future, emphasizing the potential for exciting storylines in the next decade. Momoa acknowledged that the ultimate decision rests on the audience's reception and their love for the character.

Having transformed Aquaman into a revered and gritty hero since taking on the role in 2017's Justice League, Momoa reflected on the challenges and joys of portraying the character. He described the journey of portraying the "reluctant king" and the character's growth over time.


As James Gunn and Peter Safran reshape the DC cinematic universe, Momoa expressed his desire to remain part of their plans, even if it means exploring different roles. "If there's a place in their world for me, I would love to be a part of it. Warner and DC is definitely my home. So, that’s all I'll say," he shared.

Responding to fan suggestions of taking on the role of the interstellar mercenary Lobo, Momoa admitted his fondness for the character. "I was a big Lobo fan growing up, I read every comic," he stated, indicating his openness to diverse roles within the DC universe.

However, playing Aquaman holds a special place in Momoa's heart. He described the role as something that "makes my heart smile" and emphasized the unique joy of being a part of a character that resonates with both children and adults.

As "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" prepares to hit theaters on December 22, fans are left eagerly anticipating both the film's release and the unfolding chapter of Jason Momoa's journey within the DC universe.

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