Throughout much of DC’s upcoming movie Aquaman, the titular character, played by Jason Momoa, wears jeans as he swims through the ocean, fighting the forces of water-based evil. If you’ve ever swum in pants, you know it’s no picnic. There’s a reason swim trunks don’t extend below the knee and are made of lightweight fabrics.
When a fan who had seen the newly-released movie poster pointed this out at San Diego Comic-Con, Jason Momoa acknowledged it may not have been the best choice:
It was a bad choice, looking back, to wear denim. They look like leather. They’re not. They’re wet, 20-pound denim. Bad move.
It’s a great choice! In the 1970’s it was standard beachwear. Mom’s everywhere used to cut off worn out jeans at the knee all the time ♂️ ♀️ ♀️
— Dean (@iBrownguy) July 22, 2018
Momoa told the story of how director James Wan repeatedly asked him to make a particular jumping stunt look “cooler.” The star had to sadly report, “there was only so much he could move in soaking-wet denim.”
I did tell you to take your pants off. A lot of your fans would be happy about that.
I only just noticed that Jason Momoa is wearing jeans underwater in the Aquaman poster and man that just… it makes me uncomfortable imagining the chafing pic.twitter.com/P2U4oLva9r
— Bob Al-Greene (@BobAlGreene) July 18, 2018
Aquaman eventually discards his jeans in favor of more appropriate swim-gear, including a modernized version of his classic orange-scaled costume.
You know, the bloggers are right. The armor and jeans are ridiculous. Everyone in Aquaman should be naked. Everyone. Let’s see Jason Momoa’s dick. DC nude universe. Let’s do it.
— DC Connections (@dc_connections) July 14, 2018
Aquaman will be hitting theaters on December 21—the perfect Christmas present for fans of both Momoa and Levi’s.
TYL FOR THE GIFT OF JASON MOMOA
— Emily Jean Ga(ga)tus (@emeluuuy) July 22, 2018
Jason Momoa is my inner animal. https://t.co/Xc9MsIlYqD
— A. Jean-François (@JeffAwasum) July 20, 2018
Jason momoa should have worn a speedo instead of jeans that makes more sense tbh
— jenny (@clarkjoes) July 17, 2018