Jason Momoa’s first attempt to break out as a blockbuster star didn’t exactly go as planned, with the Marcus Nispel-directed Conan The Barbarian remake failing to do big business at the box office, but now it appears as though Momoa may be getting a big second chance. Variety is reporting that the Game of Thrones actor is now in the middle of negotiations for a part in Zack Snyder’s highly-anticipated Man of Steel sequel.
Sadly, that’s where the well of information runs dry. The trade’s sources do not know what part Momoa is being considered for, and Warner Bros. had no comment on the story. It’s worth noting that when Gal Gadot was added to the film as Wonder Woman last week it was reported that the production was looking for an actor to play the story’s main villain. At the time it was said Zero Dark Thirty actor Callan Mulvey was in the running for the antagonist role, but Variety doesn’t mention him in the story. Is it possible that they were up for the same part and that Momoa beat him out?
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that Momoa has been rumored to get into the comic book movie game. Back in February there was a rumor going around that the star was in the running to play Drax The Destroyer in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. That role eventually went to Dave Bautista, who will be starring in the sci-fi action film next summer, so perhaps it was that that motivated Momoa to switch from Team Marvel to Team DC.
Should Momoa sign on, he will be joining a cast that not only includes Gadot as Wonder Woman, but also Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Set to reprise their roles from Man of Steel are Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Lawrence Fishburne, but at this stage in the game it’s unknown exactly how they will fit into the story. The first draft of the script was recently completed by screenwriter David S. Goyer, who worked with Snyder developing the new story. Warner Bros. has announced that they will have the movie in theaters on July 17, 2015, and production on the project is gearing to start up early next year.
If Variety’s story is true and Momoa is indeed up for a part in the untitled Batman vs. Superman, what role do you think he will play? Obviously he’s not exactly a guy who we expect will be shaving his head to play Lex Luthor, but is it possible that Momoa could play the deadly Superman villain Doomsday? If so, do you think he would be a good fit?