Ahoy and avast, ye landlubbers: Aquaman is coming to Kansas City.
Officials with Planet Comicon announced today that “Justice League” and “Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa will appear during the downtown pop-culture fest on the weekend of Feb. 16-18.
Momoa plays underwater warrior Aquaman in “Justice League,” the DC/Warner Bros. superhero team-up movie now in theaters. Momoa also stars as the murderous Declan Harp in Netflix’s “Frontier.” And he played the barbarous fan-favorite Khal Drogo in the first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” based on the wildly popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin.
“I tried to get him a few years ago for ‘Game of Thrones’ alone,” said Chris Jackson, owner of Planet Promotions. “Now, I’m happy that I waited and he’s a lead in a DC film, which is very exciting to have an actor of that stature.”
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Momoa is the second “Thrones” announcement for Planet Comicon this week. Jerome Flynn, who plays the rogue Bronn, also will be a featured guest.
This is a watershed moment for Momoa, who was among the best parts of the underperforming and critically assailed “Justice League.” He’ll appear in a solo “Aquaman” film around Christmastime next year. The underwater adventure film is being directed by James Wan of “Saw,” “Insidious” and “Furious 7.”
Momoa was criticized a few weeks ago, however, when a 2011 clip from San Diego’s Comic-Con resurfaced, in which he tried to make a joke about how much fun he had playing villains in fantasy stories.
“I love that genre, there’s so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women,” Momoa said.
The clip made the rounds again in October, amidst allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape by producer Harvey Weinstein, among several others in Hollywood and politics. Momoa apologized for the feeble attempt at humor via Instagram.
“Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand its painful torment among members of my own family and friends,” he wrote. “I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologize with a heavy heart for the things I said.”
Momoa joins a Planet Comicon celebrity guest list that includes Michael Rooker of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Alex Kingston of “Doctor Who,” WWE hall of famer Sting and Cooper Andrews of “The Walking Dead.”
Jackson said only half of the list has been announced with another 20 announcements in the works. In years past, creators such as Stan Lee and actors such as Stephen Amell of the CW’s “Arrow” have drawn huge crowds at the con.
Jackson also confirmed to The Star that cult favorite character actor Danny Trejo will be at the event this year. Trejo has appeared in “Machete,” “The Devil’s Rejects”; “Spy Kids” and dozens of other films and TV shows, including “Breaking Bad” and “The Flash.”
This will be the 20th Planet Comicon. When the annual event moved downtown to Bartle Hall several years ago, it generally was held around Big 12 Tournament time in March. The 2018 con has been moved to mid-February in 2018 because of increasing demand for hotel rooms and services downtown.
Admission prices range from $32 to $199 at PlanetComicon.com.