Aquaman's Jason Momoa has opened up about his failed Batman audition for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and how it led to him being cast as Arthur Curry. In what the actor describes as "a big casting call," Momoa was given an unspecified scene from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.
"So, we did it and I just pretended like Batman got killed in an alleyway and I picked it up and tried to play him like I was just down and out, poor, over it, just done wrong and he wasn’t afraid to punch even good people in the face," Momoa told Fox 32 Chicago. "And just go like unforgivable about certain things but also like flawed, like the kind of person who would jump off a cliff and figure out on the way down what we’re going to do."
Fast forward several weeks later, and director Zack Snyder called him with some bad news (he wouldn't be cast as Batman) but also some good news.
"So, they liked that and then I got called in about probably two to three weeks later and that’s when Zack laid it down and said ‘I want you to play Aquaman’, which was completely like ‘Excuse me?'" Momoa said. "Which, of course, led to a cameo in BvS before a full-time role in Justice League, all acting as precursor to director James Wan's Aquaman solo movie this month."
You can watch the full interview here, with the talk about the audition beginning at the 1:15 mark:
Aquaman opens in North American theaters December 21.