I don't have a lot of thoughts about this just yet. Because even though the casting is being treated as a done deal, Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce it, and until that happens, we don't really know if it's true. My first impressions are:
1)This will be one imposing Aquaman. In terms of sheer size and muscle, he'll be dwarfing both Superman and Batman.
2)I like a slightly less blue-eyed, beach blonde Aquaman. It makes sense he would have a more Mediterranean look.
3)This will probably not be any version of Aquaman from the comics. Much like how Zack Snyder gave us a version of Superman unique to the movies (mostly), I don't think we can draw any conclusions from this casting that Momoa will be playing any particular iteration of the Sea King we've seen before.
4)Aquaman will be making his big screen debut! Suck it, Namor!
5)It would be a very nice way to celebrate Aquaman's 75th Anniversary--2016--to finally show him on the Silver Screen.
6)Judging by how many women wrote things on Facebook like "I never cared about Aquaman, now I do", I'm starting to think this casting, if true, was a pretty canny idea.
What do all of you think?
Post Script: In between writing this on Saturday and posting it today, The Hollywood Reporter all but officially confirmed that, yes, Momoa will be playing Aquaman! I guess I should change the title of this post from Jason Momoa as Aquaman? to Jason Momoa as Aquaman!
With this additional piece of knowledge, I guess this is what I think: I'm very, very happy that WB now considers Aquaman big enough to include so early on in this Justice League franchise they're trying to build. The Sea King has served his corporate masters well for seven decades, he deserves this recognition.
It will all depend, really, how Aquaman is written. If Momoa has been hired to play Aquaman as Conan of the Sea, a giant hulking savage, then it will be infinitely disappointing to this lifelong Aquaman fan. If he's written as a tough, no-nonsense King of the Sea, protector of 3/4ths of the Earth, then all will be well. 2016 can't get here soon enough!