Jason Momoa got his start as Aquaman after auditioning to play Batman for director Zack Snyder. Since then, Momoa has worked with two other directors, James Wan (Aquaman) and Joss Whedon (Justice League reshoots), while bringing Arthur Curry to life.
The character has been evolving over the past couple of years on the big screen, as each director has brought something different to the table. At the Aquaman press junket last weekend, Momoa explained the differences and similarities in working with Wan and Snyder.
“They’re two different styles completely,” Momoa told Comicbook.com. “I mean, I think that’s just going from any director to another director, they’re very different. The one thing that they are, are definitely visual, visual artists. I mean, like this picture behind you, I knew about this before we even started filming. Zack is constantly doodling. He knows every frame. Definitely two amazing artists. Zack created this character and James just killed the role, also really great at characters and building. There’s a lot of similarities and differences.”
That two artists have distinct styles comes as no surprise. Among the similarities Momoa alluded to, however, is likely each filmmaker’s devotion to his craft and his audience. Wan and Snyder can always be counted on to bring their own unique aesthetic to their films that can’t be found anywhere else.
Though Momoa was happy to work with both directors, he does have a preference when it comes to solo films versus team-ups. “Honestly, I’m more of a slacker and I like to have fun so I don’t like to have all the weight on my shoulders,” Momoa said with a laugh. He also noted that the physical discomfort of playing a superhero is easier when other actors are going through the same experience.
“If Ben [Affleck’s] putting on the cowl and he’s hot and he’s in pain, I’m gonna laugh,” Momoa added. “And that gives me great joy when he’s in pain. But when I’m just in pain, I’m freezing and I’m sitting in a harness and it’s just Amber [Heard] next to me, it’s not nearly as fun.”
Misery loves company, but it’s hard to imagine Momoa experiencing much of it with all the fun he’s been having as Aquaman.