Out of all the Justice League characters, there is one that stands out more than the others. Iâ€™m talking about Aquaman. While all the others are land-dwellers, the outlier certainly is the King of Atlantis, whose home is nestled at the bottom of the ocean floor. As such, his priorities are certainly a whole lot different from everyone else. Perhaps thatâ€™s part of the reason why the character has such a hard time connecting with the mainstream. Between shows like Family Guy and Entourage, heâ€™s the one whoâ€™s generally the butt of a lot of jokes.
Thatâ€™s not to say Aquaman isnâ€™t a bona fide badass. He is. Those who read the comics know he is. Regardless, even if you take out that factor, thereâ€™s no denying he would be the Justice League member at odds with the others, for something that benefits humans may not be the something that benefits the Atlanteans.
Itâ€™s with this particular â€œoutcastâ€ idea that actor Jason Momoa connects with this character. I know, when we seem someone like Momoa, the first thought isnâ€™t â€œtortured soul,â€ but he seems to be coming at the character from a great point of view. In an interview posted by the Twitter account @LegoIasWayne (via Comicbook.com), Momoa discusses this human connection, wherein, like Aquaman, he had a hard time connecting with people as an outsider.
â€œHow I identify with that is kind of being…a bit of an outcast. You see, he wasnâ€™t really too accepted…I wasnâ€™t too accepted. There werenâ€™t any races where I grew up. Thereâ€™s no Chinese, no Mexican, no Black. I grew up in Iowa. I graduated with like 100 people. I was born in Hawaii, so I would go see my fatherâ€¦[I] just wasnâ€™t accepted on the local side by some people because I wasnâ€™t raised in Hawaii. I identify as being that outcast and not really fitting into two different worlds.â€
Comic fans will know that Arthur Curry, while king of Atlantis, is a man of two worlds himself. Born half-human and half-Atlantean, heâ€™s always destined to come at things from a completely different perspective. This is something that I imagine will bring discussions to blows with other Justice League members, but you canâ€™t very well be the Justice League without protecting the interests of the sea-dwellers, can you?
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Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.