Jason Momoa Drew Inspiration for Playing Aquaman from Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Tool

  • Axl Rosenberg

That Jason Momoa is a metal fan shouldn’t be surprising. For one thing, the dude looks like a traditional metal fan. For another thing, he played Khal Drago on Game of Thrones, inarguably one of the most metal characters in recent memory.

Still, when you think of Aquaman, you probably don’t think of metal, if for no other reason than because talking to fish has not, generally speaking, been one of metal’s overarching lyrical themes. This is a fact which Momoa himself admits in a new interview with Metal Hammer… even as he asserts that when playing the protector of the seas for his new movie, he drew on Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All, Tool’s “Ticks and Leeches,” and Black for inspiration:

“Aquaman’s pretty metal. I know no-one thinks that, but Aquaman’s metal. I kind of build my characters off of metal songs. Conan [the Barbarian] was really heavy Pantera, I’d say Aquaman was probably mostly built out of Tool and [Metallica album] Kill ‘Em All. ‘Ticks and Leeches,’ if I want to get specific. There’s a lot of Sabbath in there too.”

Thing is — excuse me while I get nerdy for a moment — I agree with Momoa’s assessment! Aquaman is metal as fuqq — and not just the long-haired, bearded, harpoon-handed version, either. If you disagree with me, you need to go back and read Peter David’s Time and Tide, in which Aquaman has some serious rage issues, or Geoff John’s The Trench, in which Aquaman battles flesh-eating monsters that emerge from the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. Plus, DAT TRIDENT, SON!

I’m not saying the Aquaman movie is gonna be good. I’m just saying Momoa seems to have a handle on the character.

Aquaman is already making mad loot in China. It opens tomorrow in the UK and on Friday, December 21 in ‘Muhrica.

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