With a little over a year until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits screens, there are going to be plenty of opportunities for the film’s stars to dance around questions about the highly-anticipated Man of Steel sequel. Fortunately, in Jason Momoa‘s case he’s got a topic he can talk about passionately without spilling any details on the future of the DCCU – diversity in superhero films. The lack of racial and gender diversity in the superhero film world is a problem that’s been widely discussed, but the good news is both DC and Marvel seem to be heading in the right direction with their future slate of films. Marvel with Black Panther and Captain Marvel, and DC with Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
In an interview with The Daily Beast Momoa expressed his excitement to bring his Hawaiian culture to the cinematic world of superheroes:
I’ve had to bust ass to be in this industry. A lot of things are very black and white,” he says. “Aquaman is especially cool because being a Kanaka Maoli—being Hawaiian—our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that. And I’m someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It’s cool that there’s a brown-skinned superhero.
With a four picture deal locked in with the DCCU Momoa’s also thrilled to know he’s got steady work in the coming years (and films his kids can watch at that!):
It’s awesome as an actor to know what your future is going to be because I have children and I’ve busted my ass to put food on the table,” he said. “It’s awesome knowing that I’m going to be in Justice League because my son is the biggest Batman fan and my daughter loves Wonder Woman. It’ll be cool for them to see me in something because they’re not going to be watching Game of Thrones or Red Road anytime soon, but now they can see Daddy kicking ass in IMAX.