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(on incorporating his heritage into his role as Aquaman) The greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives.

My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it.

JASON MOMOA EXCITED TO REPRESENT POLYNESIANS AS AQUAMAN

By Matt D. Wilson

“Whitewashing,” the practice of casting of white actors to play characters who were other ethnicities in the source material, has been a highly controversial Hollywood practice over the past several years. But what about when the reverse happens, and someone who isn’t white is cast to play a character who has long been portrayed as white?

Well, at minimum it can help correct an historic imbalance in superhero comics; in the specific case of Aquamanit may also make him a lot cooler. The actor who plays Aquaman in DC’s upcoming slate of superhero movies is Jason Momoa, who was born in Hawaii and is of partly Polynesian descent — and Momoa fully intends to embrace his Polynesian heritage in his portrayal of the character.

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Jason Momoa on Being Polynesian and Being Cast as Aquaman

“I’ve rode some dolphins before, so I can pull on that. I did go to school for Marine Biology, but the cool thing is… the greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives… My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian.”

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Firstly super excited for this and for the Superman v Batman movie. I love the idea of a Polynesian playing Aquaman, it makes so much sense. Jason Momoa will do a great job also, loved him ever since Stargate Atlantis. (interesting he is now playing an Atlantean)

Saying that, this quotes scares me a bit as it gives me the impression that Aquaman will be another blonde superhero who’s current representation won’t be blonde anymore. Give us some bleached tips at least :P

“I’ve rode some dolphins before, so I can pull on that. I did go to school for Marine Biology, but the cool thing is… the greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives… My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe. I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it. And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.”