Jason Momoa and James Wan celebrate as Aquaman reaches $1 billion milestone

Jason Momoa and James Wan had reason to celebrate over the weekend – their movie Aquaman made $1 billion (£770,000) at the worldwide box office.The film is the first DC Comics offering to reach the impressive milestone since The Dark Knight in 2008, a…

Jason Momoa and James Wan had reason to celebrate over the weekend – their movie Aquaman made $1 billion (£770,000) at the worldwide box office.

The film is the first DC Comics offering to reach the impressive milestone since The Dark Knight in 2008, and Jason, who stars as the titular superhero, was quick to take to Instagram to thank fans for their support.

As well as thanking director James, Jason also paid his respects to Zack Snyder, who first cast the actor as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

“BILLION DOLLAR UNDERDOG. from baywatch to making what once was the most disrespected superhero into a billion dollar movie. no one gets to the top without the people that love them,” Jason wrote. “My success is from my fans. All my aloha to everyone that had a hand in making this movie. Mahalo Zack for choosing me and mahalo James for creating this beautiful world. #grateful #lovemyfans #billiondollarunderdog #borntoclimb #outofholes #aquaman2 #cheeeehuuuuuu #hhrajahh. Aloha j.”

James also celebrated the milestone on his Twitter page, writing: “A few things to say… Firstly, this movie wouldn’t be what it is without the astonishing achievement of everyone involved, from the head of departments to every single crew member, who demanded upmost excellence in helping design and create this cinematic experience.”

He then thanked Jason, tweeting: “Secondly, I’ll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic superheroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come.”

Continuing to thank fellow cast members including Patrick Wilson and Amber Heard, James concluded: “THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported this underdog. For making this non-mainstream character (and yes — with leading POC individuals in front and behind the camera!) connect on such a huge global scale. In the words of Aquaman himself, ‘MAHALO’.”

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Jason Momoa landed Aquaman role after auditioning for Batman

Actor Jason Momoa was cast as superhero Aquaman after impressing filmmaker Zack Snyder with a gritty audition to play Batman. The former Game of Thrones star reveals he had originally tried out for the role of the Caped Crusader when Snyder was develo…

Actor Jason Momoa was cast as superhero Aquaman after impressing filmmaker Zack Snyder with a gritty audition to play Batman.

The former Game of Thrones star reveals he had originally tried out for the role of the Caped Crusader when Snyder was developing 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and although Jason wasn’t too enthusiastic about the audition, he did his best with the scene given, taken from Christian Bale’s second Batman outing in 2008’s The Dark Knight.

“It was a big casting call so I knew a lot of people were going to be doing it, and I just felt like it was a booby trap and I just didn’t want to do it…,” he admitted on interview series Jake’s Takes.

“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. And just go like, unforgivable about certain things but also 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.”

The part of Batman/Bruce Wayne eventually went to Ben Affleck, but Jason’s unique try out actually helped him land another big gig.

“I got called in about, probably two to three weeks later and that’s when (Snyder) laid it down and said, ‘I want you to play Aquaman,’ which was completely like, ‘Excuse me?'” he recalled.

Momoa made his debut as the King of Atlantis in a small cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and reprised the role for 2017’s Justice League and the new standalone blockbuster, Aquaman.

The movie turned out to be one of the most physical shoots Jason had ever faced, and although he prefers to perform as much stunt work as possible himself, the 39 year old reluctantly accepted that his body wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure of the job if he did it all alone.

“I needed help,” he admitted on breakfast show Good Morning America. “I’m almost 40 and it’s starting to hurt!

“There’s just so much stuff, I’ve never done this many stunts in my life.”

Jason actually hit it off so well with the stuntmen recruited as his stand-ins on the set of Aquaman in Australia, he’s keen to keep them around for future projects: “I actually found two beautiful stuntmen down in Australia who now travel around and help me, and it’s just hard to find someone that cares to move like you and the character that you’re portraying,” he shared.

Touching on his penchant for playing characters of few words, he added, “I don’t normally say a lot of things, so I have to speak with my actions!”

Aquaman, directed by James Wan and co-starring Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman, opens in theatres later this month (Dec18).

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Jason Momoa auditioned for Guardians of the Galaxy

Jason Momoa auditioned opposite Chris Pratt for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy but didn’t make the cut.After debuting his version of Aquaman in 2017’s Justice League, Jason returns as the underwater hero in his own standalone DC film, which hits…

Jason Momoa auditioned opposite Chris Pratt for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy but didn’t make the cut.

After debuting his version of Aquaman in 2017’s Justice League, Jason returns as the underwater hero in his own standalone DC film, which hits cinemas in December.

Things could have been very different for the muscular actor though as he was originally in talks for a number of Marvel projects.

“I met the Russo brothers (Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War directors), who are amazing,” Jason told Entertainment Weekly. “It was one of the best meetings I’ve ever had. I was going to do something with them, which unfortunately didn’t work out. I don’t know. It was going to be a villain, I think. People always want to hire me to play a villain, you know?

“I did an audition for Guardians of the Galaxy, which was super cool. I got to audition with (Chris Pratt), who’s just a legend and a gentleman. That didn’t work out.”

He was also in the running to play Batman, a role which eventually went to Ben Affleck, in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Admitting he considered not turning up for the audition as he didn’t think he was right for the caped crusader, Game of Thrones star Jason says reading for Zack eventually paid off.

“(I was thinking) ‘This is bulls**t. I’m not a white guy. I ain’t playing Batman’. Even if I do, I don’t even want to,” he recalled. “It’s like an American playing James Bond, you know? I almost didn’t do it. I thought for sure I was going to be playing (villain) Lobo or something. The only people I knew they were casting for were Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — who the hell am I going to play?

“So in the meeting, I just played it as if Batman had died in an alley and some thug picked up his suit and put it on. I just played him as a smart ass, jaded and sarcastic. And that’s when Zack was like, ‘I have an idea…’.”

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Zack Snyder eyeing film adaptation of The Fountainhead

Zack Snyder is looking to adapt 1943 novel The Fountainhead for the silver screen.The filmmaker was prompted to withdraw from post-production work on Justice League in May 2017 following the death of his daughter, with Joss Whedon employed to finish re…

Zack Snyder is looking to adapt 1943 novel The Fountainhead for the silver screen.

The filmmaker was prompted to withdraw from post-production work on Justice League in May 2017 following the death of his daughter, with Joss Whedon employed to finish reshoots.

Since then, Snyder has been attached to direct The Last Photograph, a drama about two men and the photograph that inspires them to travel to war-torn Afghanistan, and has now divulged that he is also looking to make a film version of Ayn Rand’s book.

In response to a fan question asking about his next project on website Vero recently, Snyder replied: “Fountainhead”.

The Fountainhead was Rand’s first major literary success and tells of an individualistic young architect named Howard Roark, who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision, following his battle to practice what the public sees as modern architecture.

It explores the complex relationships between Roark and the individuals who help or hinder his progress.

The Fountainhead was first adapted into a film in 1949 by director King Vidor, with Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey and Robert Douglas starring.

Although Rand wrote the screenplay for the film, she later criticised the movie’s editing, production design, and acting.

No details about Snyder’s potential adaptation of The Fountainhead, including studio, cast or release date, have been announced. While he is believed to be in the pre-production stages of The Last Photograph at present, he has no other directing projects currently lined up.

However, the 52-year-old has been named as a producer on several upcoming films as part of the DC Universe (DCU), including Deadshot, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, Wonder Woman 2, and Aquaman.

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