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How in the world would DC be able to handle Aquaman? That was a big question for fans, but it was likely an even bigger question for those mainstream fans whose only exposure to the character was either from the old Super Friends cartoon, or from the jokes in Family Guy. Comics fans knew that Geoff Johns had already done a pretty good job in badassing up the superhero in the New 52 run, but would they be able to transition that into the films?

A couple years back, rumors started to circulate that Jason Momoa, who was perhaps best known for playing Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo at the time, would be wielding the trident in the DC Extended Universe. When it was finally revealed, bit really didn’t come as a surprise, given all the rumors, but those who had doubts that the character would be a joke began to rethink their stance. While Momoa hadn’t really been known for his extensive acting prowess, his presence was certainly one that could turn the character around in the public eye.

That reveal was in 2014, but as we know, actors generally know a bit in advance, but how far in advance did Momoa know this? This answer may surprise you.

Speaking with Jimmy Kimmel, Momoa stated that he had to keep the casting secret for “four or five years.” That’s right. Four or five years prior to the official announcement in October of 2014, Momoa knew he would be playing Aquaman. That means his casting predated the release of Green Lantern, and perhaps we can assume that his Aquaman was originally supposed to be a part of the universe that Green Lantern kicked off.

Very interesting, especially since most of us assumed  that it was his Game of Thrones role that got him the part. Perhaps it was actually his Conan the Barbarian role that convinced Warner Bros. that he would be an unconventional and interesting choice for the King of Atlantis. 

Of course, the other real possibility is that Momoa inadvertently inflated how long he had to keep it secret. Perhaps it really was only a couple years, but either way, that potentially makes him the earliest cast superhero in the DC Extended Universe.

While this doesn’t really change much, it really does get me curious how long the studio has had this very specific vision of the character, and it gets me all the more excited to see it realized on the big screen. 

What do you think? Do you really think Momoa had to wait four to five years to reveal the secret that he was Aquaman? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Aquaman will hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

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SOURCE: Jimmy Kimmel Live