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Famous Actor With 7 Oscar Nomination Could Have Been DC’s Aquaman Before Jason Momoa Broke All the Records With $1 Billion Worth Aquaman Movie

Famous Actor With 7 Oscar Nomination Could Have Been DC's Aquaman Before Jason Momoa Broke All the Records With $1 Billion Worth Aquaman Movie

Jason Momoa is all set to return to the big screen with his aquatic superhero role, Arthur Curry/ Aquaman in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Though its predecessor was an incredible hit, many are concerned about the movie’s future due to several factors. But at the same time, many devoted fans are excited about the new chapter, mounting their hopes on how would it shape the actor’s aquatic life in the future.

Jason Momoa in the Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom
Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom [2023]
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However, many might be surprised to know that the 2018 film, Aquaman would have been made years ago with the presence of a famous actor. The actor in question is none other than 7 times Oscar nominated Titanic star, Leonardo DiCaprio.  

Leonardo DiCaprio Was Once Attached With Aquaman

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant [2015]
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According to a 2009 report by The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo DiCaprio was in talks to take on the Aquaman world, which would help the franchise rack up more profits. It was reported that an aquatic hero-led movie was being pitched to be produced by the Inception actor and his production company, Appian Way Productions.

It is well known that the talented individual gained worldwide acclaim with his Titanic role and went on to garner further success with other roles in the 2000s. Given the prominence and fame he held at the time, handling the superhero would have been a feasible task for the actor. And as the scoop didn’t clarify whether he would don the titular superhero or not, the idea ended up nowhere. 

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and Peter Safran’s production company made the project a reality by featuring Jason Momoa in the leading role as Arthur Curry/Aquaman in the 2018 project, Aquaman. It ended up reaching a great milestone as it grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing DCEU film.


But, would The Aviator actor ever star in a superhero movie? After all, he has declared his distinct thoughts on having to work in one. 

Leonardo DiCaprio Shared His Thoughts on Working in the Superhero Genre!

A still from Aquaman (2018)
A still from Aquaman (2018)

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The 48-year-old actor once gave a simple career rule to his Don’t Look Up co-star, Timothee Chalamet, which the latter shared in a British Vogue issue stating, “No hard drugs and no superhero movies”.

For the unversed, DiCaprio was offered to associate himself with superhero projects but he chose to pass them on as he was not prepared to dive into this genre of movies.

But would he ever get associated with the superhero world in the future? In a 2010 interview with ShortList, he replied to the possibility stating, 

“You never know. You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything.”

While his association with Aquaman never came to fruition, Momoa eventually donned the titular role and captivated fans’ hearts with his impeccable performance. He is set to return in James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom alongside his 2018 movie fellow stars Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman. 

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to be released on December 20, 2023.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, British Vogue, ShortList

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