Jason Momoa hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend and used his opening monologue to reaffirm his passion for playing Aquaman. This comes a month before he reprises the role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Cast in the role that made him an A-list star
On SNL, Momoa told the audience, “I love being Aquaman because I love the ocean. It’s true. Growing up, all I wanted to do was become a marine biologist, which makes sense because I’m built like a scientist. The problem was that even though I was born in Hawaii, I grew up in Iowa, which isn’t really known for its oceans.
Momoa remains intensely committed to the role that made him an A-list star. It is clear from his self-deprecating humor that he feels immense gratitude for the way Aquaman changed career.
Grateful for the opportunity provided by Aquaman
Momoa added: “Then one day I was sitting at home watching a movie called In the hands of God. The movie was shot in Hawaii and I saw my cousin, Brian L. Keaulana, towing in these 50-foot waves and I was like, “What am I still doing here?” to Hawaii to surf with my family and ended up on a TV show called Baywatch.
Momoa first played the King of Atlantis in 2016 Batman Vs. Superman. But that was 2018 Aquaman solo film which made him the perfect actor for the previously mocked hero. Earning over a billion dollars worldwide, Aquaman transformed the character’s reputation. He is now considered one of DC’s coolest superheroes.
Prepare for one last adventure as Aquaman
The actor is now preparing to don the famous orange and green outfit again for lost kingdom. With director James Wan returning, the film hopes to deliver stunning underwater visuals on par with the first film.
The sequel will bring Aquaman to the mysterious lost land of Necrus, in what is expected to be Jason Momoa’s final outing as the aquatic superhero that catapulted him to stardom. Plot details remain closely under wraps, but based on Momoa’s obvious passion for the role, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom looks to be an epic franchise-ending chapter that you won’t want to miss when it hits theaters next month.
This last adventure in Atlantis marks the conclusion of the current DC Extended Universe while Warner Bros. is preparing to hit the reset button and usher in a new era for DC Studios.
Watch the full monologue below: