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(Uproxx)   Poseidon would be proud. DC taps Khal Drogo to play Aquaman   (uproxx.com) divider line 116
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2014-06-14 09:17:23 PM
Wow, they want to reduce Ben Affleck's screen time to the point of bringing Aquaman into it?
 
2014-06-14 09:39:37 PM
Are they going to include this bit?

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2014-06-14 10:38:55 PM
Jason Momoa is eating up all the blond, nordic superhero roles.

First it was Conan, now Aquaman?
 
2014-06-14 10:41:20 PM
It may just be me but I don't think Jason Momoa is the way to go for aquaman.  Submariner I think would match Jason more closely.
 
2014-06-14 10:41:54 PM
Vince is going to be pissed
 
2014-06-14 10:44:17 PM

mr0x: Jason Momoa is eating up all the blond, nordic superhero roles.

First it was Conan, now Aquaman?



Conan was Nordic?
 
2014-06-14 10:44:20 PM

mr0x: Jason Momoa is eating up all the blond, nordic superhero roles.

First it was Conan, now Aquaman?


Conan was Cimmerian and they were based on Celts.
 
2014-06-14 10:45:40 PM
Who is Khal Drago?

*clicks link*

Oh you mean Ronon.
 
2014-06-14 10:48:55 PM
Is he going to get rid of the Bump It on top of his head?
 
2014-06-14 10:49:18 PM

Gergesa: mr0x: Jason Momoa is eating up all the blond, nordic superhero roles.

First it was Conan, now Aquaman?

Conan was Cimmerian and they were based on Celts.


No I'm sorry.  I went to go look it up to double check.  Apparently the Cimmerians were originally descended from Atlanteans who fled Atlantis and lost their civilization then rebuilt anew and were the forerunners of the celtic civilization.  So depending on where a person imagines Atlantis to be, Cimmerians might be from a Mediterranean stock.
 
2014-06-14 10:50:14 PM

Giltric: Who is Khal Drago?

*clicks link*

Oh you mean Ronon.

that guy from Baywatch.

/FTFY
 
2014-06-14 10:54:24 PM
So a bad actor is playing a bad superhero in a movie being crammed to the gills with characters and heroes that will never get fleshed out. Great plan
 
2014-06-14 10:54:38 PM
Maybe all the morons biatching about Wonder Woman will have this to complain about. I can't wait for this farking movie now, just to see the internet either all-out-hate it or completely regret everything they said.
 
2014-06-14 11:00:12 PM
Who will play Black Manta?
 
2014-06-14 11:15:51 PM

Bedstead Polisher: Giltric: Who is Khal Drago?

*clicks link*

Oh you mean Ronon. that guy from Baywatch.

/FTFY


Lisa Bonet's husband.

/Denise on The Cosby Show
 
2014-06-14 11:16:51 PM
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R.I.P. POSEIDON
 
2014-06-14 11:19:25 PM

Gergesa: So depending on where a person imagines Atlantis to be, Cimmerians might be from a Mediterranean stock.


They were described in very explicit ethnic terms, and they're essentially a sub-section of the Celts.

Howard wasn't the most virulently racist guy around, exactly, but it was still the damned early 1900s so the idea that the modern races had more or less always been that way and that white people were on average smarter, stronger and healthier was still the default assumption.  Being a liberal on the subject basically meant that every Stygian wasn't completely straight-up Evil without exception and his relative superiority in genetic/mental terms didn't stop Conan from having friends everywhere (or stop Conan from being a greedy, lazy dick and sometimes the outright villain of the story, for that matter).

If you want a specific quote, in the Hyborian Age his wording was "the Gaels, ancestors of the Irish and Highland Scots, descended from pure-blooded Cimmerian clans."

// If you're really curious what group each tribe is the 'ancestor' for, wikipedia's got a reasonably extensive rundown:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyborian_Age .  As mentioned, it wasn't really subtle, and assigning races was most definitely not in any way left as an exercise to the reader, it was in many cases a major element of setting with a huge impact on plot.
 
2014-06-14 11:22:16 PM

BalugaJoe: Who will play Black Manta?


a white dude
 
2014-06-14 11:25:31 PM
Aquaman is the whitest dude in the Justice League...

The only olive skinned atlantean I remember are from Earth 2 and Namor...
 
2014-06-14 11:28:03 PM
I'm actually not too upset about this, he's a bit tan for Aquaman but with enough peroxide he will probably be able to pull off the role, hes buff enough.

Still pissed about that skeleton playing Wonder Woman.

But this is a step in the right direction.

Black Manta?
verysmartbrothas.com
 
2014-06-14 11:34:55 PM
bring on the bad photoshops

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2014-06-14 11:36:51 PM
And please give me a million dollars, and a fridge with a padlock, and.. heh, oh, yeah ... huge pectoral muscles

i54.tinypic.com
 
2014-06-14 11:37:59 PM
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2014-06-14 11:43:17 PM

orclover: I'm actually not too upset about this, he's a bit tan for Aquaman but with enough peroxide he will probably be able to pull off the role, hes buff enough.

Still pissed about that skeleton playing Wonder Woman.

But this is a step in the right direction.

Black Manta?
[verysmartbrothas.com image 500x300]


Stringer's already Heimdall
 
2014-06-14 11:44:30 PM

Dinobot: BalugaJoe: Who will play Black Manta?

a white dude


Whoever it is I can't wait to watch them poison and kill Aquaman's baby
 
2014-06-14 11:47:26 PM
Booster Gold
 
2014-06-14 11:58:47 PM

Dinobot: BalugaJoe: Who will play Black Manta?

a white dude


A movie called The Last Negro starring Tom Hanks.
 
2014-06-15 12:18:04 AM
Looks more like Namor
 
2014-06-15 12:21:32 AM

adamgreeney: So a bad actor is playing a bad superhero in a movie being crammed to the gills with characters and heroes that will never get fleshed out. Great plan


Yeah, this project seems to be getting more overstuffed by the day.

Dinobot: BalugaJoe: Who will play Black Manta?

a white dude


Kinda ruined it for me, to be honest.
 
2014-06-15 12:23:48 AM
So, a bleach blond Samoan?
 
2014-06-15 12:30:34 AM
I hope to see Aquaman swim into the distance and leave a pool of yellow water behind.
 
2014-06-15 12:30:45 AM
So it's obvious at this point that they're just back-dooring a Justice League movie and calling it Batman Vs. Superman, right?

Watching them try to catch up to Marvel is like watching a fat kid chase an ice cream truck. It's so sad that I'm almost rooting for them.
 
2014-06-15 12:34:37 AM

vwarb: Watching them try to catch up to Marvel is like watching a fat kid chase an ice cream truck.


Come on, it's nowhere near that entertaining.
 
2014-06-15 12:38:11 AM
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2014-06-15 01:08:58 AM
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2014-06-15 01:16:19 AM

moothemagiccow: orclover: I'm actually not too upset about this, he's a bit tan for Aquaman but with enough peroxide he will probably be able to pull off the role, hes buff enough.

Still pissed about that skeleton playing Wonder Woman.

But this is a step in the right direction.

Black Manta?
[verysmartbrothas.com image 500x300]

Stringer's already Heimdall


It's certainly a step up from being conned by small time politicians.
 
2014-06-15 01:28:51 AM
I just can't get excited for this movie.
 
2014-06-15 01:46:43 AM
"Don't make me swim. You won't like me when I swim."
 
2014-06-15 01:55:44 AM
Anything that lessens Ben Affleck's on screen time will improve the film vastly.
 
2014-06-15 01:57:46 AM

SpdrJay: Anything that lessens Ben Affleck's on screen time will improve the film vastly.


At the rate this is going, it's going to be a minute of each person in the movie, then they switch.  No story at all.
 
2014-06-15 02:07:14 AM

vwarb: So it's obvious at this point that they're just back-dooring a Justice League movie and calling it Batman Vs. Superman, right?


Translation: "Herpa derpa, I'm drooling"

1.- It's not painfully obvious they're using this movie to set up the Justice League.
2.- They've also stated that both movies are filming back to back, so casting the actors doesn't mean BvS will be "overstuffed".
3.- They set up a time table of the movies they want to do.

Watching them try to catch up to Marvel is like watching a fat kid chase an ice cream truck. It's so sad that I'm almost rooting for them.

Nah, what's sad is watching the little trolls come to every thread about DC movies and posting the same tired trite inane bullshiat crap every time.
 
2014-06-15 02:25:27 AM
Every time I see news about this movie, I just quietly shake my head. How hard can superhero movies be, Warner? I mean hell, Marvel's doing it, and doing it really, really well. And they're the ones where every character comes with a combo platter containing two sides of angst!

Of course, DC seems to be trying really hard to mimic that, only without the actual "Let's have one good, solid film that anchors a movie buildout from that starting point." element. Green Lantern? Flop. Man of Steel? Critical "Meh". Nolan's Batman movies? Great! "But oh, we kind of forgot to do anything in those that leaves any room whatsoever for actual superheroes."

Well, sh#t.

And it really shouldn't be this friggin' hard for them.

Green Lantern: Hal Jordan inherits a Green Lantern ring, becomes Space Cop, teams with Sinestro to learn the ropes of policing on Earth and a couple quick trips to alien worlds. Hal visits Korugar, realizes Sinestro has gone too far, heads back to Earth to think it over. Sinestro figures out Hal's not happy, heads to Earth to try and convince him, massive throwdown! End of movie, possible stinger relating to kryptonite or Gotham City or something else.

Man of Steel: Pretty much as shown but with a hell of a lot less Jor El, just a hint more young Clark (but making note of him seeing old comics about the "Justice Society" from World War II), Make Mr. Kent at least die without it being the result of him being a *complete* idiot, and move on. Clark's inspired by those old comics, takes on his superheroic role when he leaves Smallville, movie progresses. Maybe add another stinger relating to Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman: Hey, look. We start with a WWII flashback, with "Wonder Woman" fighting alongside a military unit including some people in funny costumes. Quick flashback, and we discover that this is actually Hippolyta fighting with the Justice Society, with a quick Watchmen style montage of her disappearing back to Themyscira as the McCarthy hearings take place and the JSA disbands. We get her fashioning a child from clay, making her wish, etc. and then we start to see Diana grow up, and we get movie. She meets Steve Trevor, travels to "Man's World", gets into some antics in Metropolis and at the end of the movie when she's taken down some decently realistic but low-publicity villain that pops up - we get a meet with Superman to close it off.

Justice League: Start off in Gotham City with the police on a manhunt for Batman, who is in pursuit of some random mid-grade goon. The media's just gotten some wild information about Batman so Superman shows up to bring him in. Superman catches up with Batman, who tries to explain the situation just as the villain makes his move. Hey, Superman realizes Batman's a good guy! We move on. Bring in Starro to get the Green Lantern involvement, Wonder Woman gets a call, and since the Earth is mostly ocean and Starro would come from the stars, we go searching for them in the ocean because Diana knows about Atlantis, and then we get to meet Aquaman. Hey, look. We have a Justice League. And Flash being Flash, if they want, he can just show up and be all hyper as the comic relief.

C'mon, DC! It's not hard! I came up with that crap in the ten minutes it took to write this!

It hits with less of an initial suspension of disbelief requirement than the Green Lantern movie did, it raises the stakes gradually, it makes Superman someone inspired by greatness not just driven by mopey tragedy. It leaves your most valuable solo property (Batman) largely open for further exploration in solo films, and it actually introduces Wonder Woman in a way that shows both the history and legacy of the DC comics brand -while- using that element to tie in to other more fanciful elements.

Gah. Instead, we're going to get a bloated sounding mess followed by a slate of other potential messes, all looking like they're probably going to be cancelled when this movie tanks.
 
2014-06-15 02:56:19 AM

SpdrJay: Anything that lessens Ben Affleck's on screen time will improve the film vastly.


All this Affleck hate is tired and stupid.

Here's the thing about Batman on the big screen.  Anybody can play Batman- he's a chin and a rubber mask.  Affleck will make a fantastic Bruce Wayne, and he proved in Daredevil that he can act well enough with his chin that he'll be fine in the Bat mask
 
2014-06-15 02:59:12 AM
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Jason posted this on his instagram
 
2014-06-15 03:00:20 AM

Jorn the Younger: SpdrJay: Anything that lessens Ben Affleck's on screen time will improve the film vastly.

All this Affleck hate is tired and stupid.

Here's the thing about Batman on the big screen.  Anybody can play Batman- he's a chin and a rubber mask.  Affleck will make a fantastic Bruce Wayne, and he proved in Daredevil that he can act well enough with his chin that he'll be fine in the Bat mask


It's his accent that has people worried. He never seems to be able to drop it completely, and nobody wants to hear Batman with an accent.
 
2014-06-15 03:06:35 AM

Nix Nightbird: Jorn the Younger: SpdrJay: Anything that lessens Ben Affleck's on screen time will improve the film vastly.

All this Affleck hate is tired and stupid.

Here's the thing about Batman on the big screen.  Anybody can play Batman- he's a chin and a rubber mask.  Affleck will make a fantastic Bruce Wayne, and he proved in Daredevil that he can act well enough with his chin that he'll be fine in the Bat mask

It's his accent that has people worried. He never seems to be able to drop it completely, and nobody wants to hear Batman with an accent.


He'll be fine. As an old money New England scion, you'd expect Bruce Wayne to have an accent. And growling out Batman lines should make it easy to avoid Batman having an accent. In fact, playing up aspects of Affleck's natural accent as Bruce will make him a more believable character in some ways when Batman doesn't have it.
 
2014-06-15 03:07:56 AM

rocky_howard: Nah, what's sad is watching the little trolls come to every thread about DC movies and posting the same tired trite inane bullshiat crap every time.


Gee whiz! You sure showed him!

rocky_howard: 1.- It's not painfully obvious they're using this movie to set up the Justice League.


Well, if they aren't, they're idiots. So, assuming they aren't idiots: yeah, it's pretty goddamned obvious.

Look, they're either trying to huffing and wheezing to catch up, or they've simply given up and figure they'll toss any old turd into the bowl to see what floats.

rocky_howard: 2.- They've also stated that both movies are filming back to back, so casting the actors doesn't mean BvS will be "overstuffed".


Not entirely sure why you enumerated this in an apparent response to vwarb, since he made no such comment. And, since it's someone's opinion, yelling "No!" doesn't change anything. And it's not even an argument.

rocky_howard: 3.- They set up a time table of the movies they want to do.


Yeah. They have a time table, maybe scratched on the back of a napkin somewhere. Meanwhile, Marvel's got over a dozen movies coming out in the next five years (Ant Man, Thor sequel, Cap sequel, Xmen sequel, Wolverine sequel, Spidey sequel (2!), Avengers sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy, another effort at the Fantastic Four, the Xmen movie that just came out...).

And DC has... what? Batman vs. Superman? Aquaman? Maybe two or three others, like a Green Lantern reboot and a try for Wonder Woman?

Huh.... I guess you're right: they aren't trying to catch up. I guess that just leaves the "floating turd" option.

adamgreeney: a bad actor is playing a bad superhero


^That.

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/"You are, Aquaman. You still are. Now get off my farking head."
 
2014-06-15 03:45:09 AM

ArcadianRefugee: "You are, Aquaman. You still are. Now get off my farking head."


Smile! Cthulu Lothes You!
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2014-06-15 03:46:13 AM

LonMead: Smile! Cthulu Lothes You!


Or "Loathes"... whatever...
 
2014-06-15 06:46:37 AM
Have they announced how they'll create any desire in me to watch a film about Aquaman?
 
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