Sony Santa Monica's recent release of God of War has sent the world abuzz, and for good reason — put simply, it's fantastic. Not only is it gorgeous to behold, it's also jam-packed with content and collectibles. Considering the hype, and considering Hollywood's perceived lack of original ideas, many game and film enthusiasts are hearing rumors that actor Jason Momoa is gearing up to play Kratos in an all-new God of War Netflix original series that will debut on July 15, 2018. Is it true? Read on to find out.
Is God of War on Netflix?
The biggest question fans will likely want answered is whether or not a God of War series or feature movie is currently featured on Netflix. The answer is a double-edged sword: yes, God of War is on Netflix, but it doesn't have anything to do with Kratos or Sony Santa Monica's intellectual property. Instead, it's the 2017 Chinese film originally titled Dang kou feng yun, a tale of war and piracy set during the Ming Dynasty, starring the likes of Wenzhou Zhao, Regina Wan, and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung.
As for the supposed July 15 release date, well, we've got nothing. There's no real correlation between an upcoming God of War release and this date — though there is a fictional correlation which we'll spell out below. Of course, as the saying goes, never say never — we'll definitely be keeping an eye on things moving forward.
Is Jason Momoa Set To Star as Kratos?
No, not as far as we can tell. The rumor about Jason Momoa playing Kratos centers around two facts: first, he kind of looks like Kratos, with a wild beard and a substantial physique. More than that, speaking in an interview at Comic Con way back in 2012 — that's over six years ago, mind — Momoa said that he would "love to play" Kratos, going so far as to say that if Sony asked him to star as the infamous godslayer, his response would be "hell yeah."
It's worth remembering that the interview featured above took place many years ago. At that point in time, the most recent God of War release was Ghost of Sparta for the PlayStation Portable, originally released in 2010, and Momoa was hot off the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones, which originally aired in April of 2011.
Could Jason Momoa Play Kratos in a God of War Netflix Original?
It's absolutely possible that Momoa could star as Kratos in a God of War Netflix series or movie; he looks the part, and he's into the idea of taking on the role. That said, there is currently no indication online that he's in any sort of talks to play Kratos, nor is there any indication that Netflix is working on a God of War movie or series.
However, a recent tweet from director Cory Barlog seems to acknowledge fan interest in bringing God of War to Netflix in some form or fashion. Considering how tremendous fan responses have been so far, again with special consideration to the fact that all of the God of War TV series rumors are still unfounded, creating a new series would certainly make sense — it's all about giving the people what they want.
With all of that said, the truth behind the wave of interest in a God of War series starring Jason Momoa playing Kratos stems from a teaser image created by the folks at Fakes Forge over on Twitter, using image editing software to superimpose Momoa's face over the face of Kratos, listing a July 15 release date simply for added pizazz. Sorry, folks; it's a fan-made creation and nothing more — at least not yet.
Emboldened by the power of information, expand your knowledge of God of War even further by heading over to our extensive God of War walkthrough and guide hub, where we break down everything from the game's many trophies and collectibles to the cast of voice actors and more. Just don't expect to hear anything more about Momoa or Netflix, at least not for the time being. However, for those who still think a God of War Netflix series would be a good idea, we've come up with a few choices for who should play Kratos in any upcoming God of War movie or TV series.
Edit: this article was updated on June 26, 2018 to reflect the source of the Jason Momoa God of War Netflix promotional image, and on July 9 with a new comment from God of War director Cory Barlog.