According to Discussing Film’s tweet, “James Gunn says they won’t have actors playing more than one role in the DCU.” That information was not included in the story on Discussing Film that the tweet linked to, nor has the outlet revealed the source of the information elsewhere. Either way, it’s hard to tell who this “one role” rule would affect and how. One potential actor who may be caught up in the quandary is Jason Momoa, whose turn as Aquaman may well come to an end when “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is released in late 2023. Fan excitement has been building since Gunn and Safran took charge of DC, though, as Momoa has emerged as fan favorite to play DC bounty hunter Lobo.
The Lobo idea seems logical but there’s a potential bump in the road. According to Variety, “Safran and Gunn left the door open for Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Zachary Levi to continue playing their respective DC superheroes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and Shazam.” That means, according to Gunn’s reported “one role” rule, that Momoa would have to give up playing Aquaman if the opportunity to play Lobo materializes and he opts to play that character instead.
One thing that appears certain that Gunn is open to casting actors from the MCU if the opportunity presents itself. According to Deadline, Gunn responded to criticism of casting MCU actors in the DCU by tweeting recently that the projects will include “some will be actors I’ve worked with before, & some will be actors you know who I’ve never worked with. What matters most is the actor fits the role & they’re easy to work with.”