Jason Momoa talks superhero diversity and playing Aquaman

With Warner Bros gradually assembling the Justice League on the big screen, one actor excited to be part of that superhero roster is Jason Momoa.

In conversation with The Daily Beast, the Game Of Thrones actor revealed that he's looking forward to introducing some diversity into the superhero community as he takes on the role of the water-dwelling Aquaman.

“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.”

Meanwhile, the actor added that he's most excited about being in Justice League because it means his kids will be able to watch.

“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,” he says.

“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.”

Momoa will make his Aquaman debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which opens in cinemas on 25 March 2016. The Aquaman movie is due out in 2018.

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