When someone mentions Aquaman these days, your first thought is probably of a bearded, tattooed badass you definitely wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of. It wasn’t always like that, though.

As Jason Momoa explains in the BBC Radio 1 interview above, Aquaman used to be sort of a nerd. And Momoa was the one brought in to change all that.

In the clip, Momoa says that he originally auditioned for Batman, but quickly realised it wasn’t right for him.

“I almost threw away the audition and went, like ‘this is silly’,” he explains. “And then my agent said: ‘Zach really wants to have you on tape.'”

Momoa went on tape, came back for another meeting with Snyder, and the rest was history.

Jason Momoa reveals how he ended up playing Aquaman