Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Jason Momoa as Zack Snyder's Martian Manhunter?
It's a great tribute to the lasting impression made by the Magnificent Seven JLA that Martian Manhunter is even brought up when film casting rumors start circulating. J'Onn J'Onzz hasn't been a member of the core Justice League team in seven years, and his position as a founding member no longer stands in the New 52. Regardless, when The Hollywood Reporter caught wind that Jason Momoa was in negotiations to appear in the sequel to Man of Steel, they assumed it was for the role of either Doomsday or the Alien Atlas. Unofficially referred to as Batman vs. Superman, Gal Gadot has already been cast as Wonder Woman alongside Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck's World's Finest Duo, and there's some question as to whether this is essentially a back door League movie. At a beefy 6'4", it would be neat to see Jason Momoa look down on the Last Son of Krypton on celluloid, but I have trouble seeing him as a Sleuth from Outer Space. I was a fan of Momoa as the savages Khal Drogo and Conan, but you'd figure Doomsday would be pure CGI, so why waste that physique on motion capture and voice acting? Momoa seemed like a good fit for the green-skinned warrior Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, though that role went to Dave Bautista. Maybe that's where director Zack Snyder was given the idea to try Momoa as a Martian. As much as I like the actor, I have trouble seeing him fit the personality, which I find more essential than how he looks in body paint. He'd be a winning Hawkman, though.