Jason Momoa Gets Aquaman 2 Story Credit, Here’s Why

By Britta DeVore | Published

Beyond stretching into his spandex bodysuit and memorizing pages upon pages of dialogue, Jason Momoa also held another role in the creation of Aquaman 2. Officially dubbed Aquaman and the Last Kingdom, the final film to arrive from DC Studios in 2023 comes out this weekend and, though audiences may or may not know, Momoa had quite a bit to do with the movie’s storyline. According to its director, James Wan, Momoa had some great ideas of how to build the character of Arthur Curry both above and under the sea.

Jason Momoa Helped With The Script

During a recent interview, James Wan called Jason Momoa “a big filmmaking fan,” revealing that the actor known for his roles in Game of Thrones and See “has aspirations to do more stuff behind the camera.” From directing to writing, Wan says that the Aquaman 2 star wants to do it all and grow professionally as a creative. Starting with a character that he knows best, Jason Momoa had plenty of additions for Wan and the writing team behind Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to pencil into the production’s script.

The Actor Offered Up Stellar Ideas For Character Growth

“He came in with a bunch of different ideas that we felt were really cool ideas,” Wan says of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman 2 notes. Wan adds that it was a “seamless” transition to toss in Momoa’s ideas to the already fleshed-out plot as his thoughts were more character-based than anything else. As Wan puts it, most of the character growth audiences will see with the man behind the King of Atlantis title came from Momoa.

The Family Man

Sharing perhaps the biggest piece of the story that Jason Momoa came up with for Aquaman 2, Wan says that it was the actor’s idea to make Arthur Curry more of a family man in the sequel. While under the waves in the Kingdom of Atlantis, he may be making big-time political decisions, on the shores, he’s a dad just trying to do right by his first-born child.

Wan says that a big part of that was cutting between his life as the ruler of a civilization and “changing diapers at home,” essentially adding a “domestic” touch to the hero’s life.

More Time Out Of The Water?

Jason Momoa’s vision for Aquaman 2 can be seen all over the film’s trailers as it appears that his life on solid ground will take a front seat during the movie. Sure, he’ll be tangling with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta, but his life on land will be just as important as he raises a little one in his footsteps. The film will also see Aquaman attempt to fix the broken bond with his half-brother, Ocean Master, with Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard reprising their roles as Atlanna and Mera, respectively.

DC Hopes To Redeem Its Terrible Year With Aquaman 2

Jason Momoa and the rest of the leading cast of Aquaman 2 have a lot of responsibility riding on them as this will be the last title from the DC during what has been an incredibly lackluster year at the box office. Kicking things off with Shazam! Fury of the Gods at the beginning of 2023, the numbers just kept sinking with The Flash and Blue Beetle.

While there are a handful of other interesting titles making their way into cinemas over the holiday weekend, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the only bit of fresh superhero cinema for audiences to choose from. 

Although this very well may be the last time Jason Momoa plays the role of Aquaman/Arthur Curry as James Gunn and Peter Safran are moving the DC in a completely new direction, we’re intrigued to see how the actor’s ideas have shaped Aquaman 2 and how his filmmaking and writing career will progress.Source: Gizmodo