Jason Momoa as Aquaman May End with Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom
The DCEU is all over the headlines and the shake-ups continue to rain down. Recent reports confirmed that Wonder Woman 3 was no longer moving forward as it did not align with the plans that new DC Studio heads James Gunn and Peter Safran have for the future of the DCEU. Another reported casualty of the new path could be Jason Momoa as Aquaman as reports state that the upcoming sequel, Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom could be the last for Momoa as the titular character.
Wonder Woman 3 was shut down after Patty Jenkins submitted her draft that she co-wrote alongside Geoff Johns for the threequel as it didn’t fit with the plans that Gunn and Safran have along with Warner Bros. Pictures CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy.
With their recent stay in the Aspens as they built the blueprint of what the long-term plan for the DCEU will look like, Gunn and Safran are said to be presenting their plans to CEO David Zaslav in the near future. One of the suspicions is the end of the Snyderverse as a whole which could lead to some potential high-profile projects being axed as a result as we saw with Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman film.
The Snyderverse also consisted of Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, and Ray Fisher. We already have an inkling that Miller’s time as the fastest man alive is likely to come to an end after his extensive time in headlines for multiple legal issues he found himself. Affleck’s Batman has long been a thing of the past and although he will reprise the role in The Flash, it’s unlikely any long-term future plans are in place for Affleck as the Dark Knight.
Cavill’s Superman recently made an appearance which led to the announced Man of Steel sequel but reports are also buzzing that Cavill’s time as our favorite Kryptonian could also be in jeopardy. Lastly, Momoa who will also appear in The Flash, is likely to not return in the same role.
Now, we say the same role and that is partly due to a scenario that would see Momoa’s rebirth in the DCEU as another popular character awaiting his big-screen debut. Momoa has been on the receiving end of rumors that would see him take on the role of the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo. One of the most popular anti-heroes in DC, this would fit very much with Gunn’s ability to take characters that are seen as obscure or outsiders and give them a spotlight.
We saw this time and time again as he essentially put Guardians of the Galaxy on the map which saw the Marvel ragtag group of heroes reach stardom in the MCU and other mediums as well as his soft reboot of The Suicide Squad which had Gunn implement the use of the more obscure characters in the DC library to deliver a hell of a fun film which led to the spinoff series starring John Cena as Peacemaker.
No official plans or blueprints for the future of the DCEU have been laid down. We will have to wait and see what the future holds and whether this includes the elimination of the Snyderverse when Gunn and Safran are ready to reveal their plans. It should be noted that Gunn himself responded to the report from THR in which he states some of the news is true, some of it is not true, and some is half-true. Read his full statement below:
“So. As for the story yesterday in the Hollywood Reporter, some of it is true, some of it is half-true, some of it is not true, & some of it we haven’t decided yet whether it’s true or not. Although this first month at DC has been fruitful, building the next ten years of story takes time & we’re still just beginning. Peter & I chose to helm DC Studios knowing we were coming into a fractious environment, both in the stories being told & in the audience itself & there would be an unavoidable transitional period as we moved into telling a cohesive story across film, TV, animation, and gaming.
But, in the end, the drawbacks of that transitional period were dwarfed by the creative possibilities & the opportunity to build upon what has worked in DC so far & to help rectify what has not. We know we are not going to make every single person happy every step of the way, but we can promise everything we do is done in the service of the STORY & in the service of the DC CHARACTERS we know you cherish and we have cherished our whole lives.
As for more answers about the future of the DCU, I will sadly have to ask you to wait. We are giving these characters & the stories the time & attention they deserve & we ourselves still have a lot more questions to ask & answer.”