Yes, Aquaman and Superman played high school soccer together in Iowa

  

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At the London premiere of superhero caper “Aquaman,” stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard talk about signing up for the project, while director James Wan discusses how “ridiculous” some of the staging looked on set. (Nov. 27)
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Who needs a Justice League when Iowa has the Norwalk Warriors?

The Norwalk varsity soccer team hosted a pair of would-be superheroes in the mid-1990s, with “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa and “Superman Returns” actor Brandon Routh scoring screamers together years before becoming Hollywood stars.

So, yes — as one meme suggests — Superman and Aquaman played high school soccer together in small-town Iowa, 10 miles south of Des Moines.

Norwalk High School launched a soccer program in 1994, with Momoa playing from ’94-1997. Routh joined the team from ’95-1998. It wasn’t a hero’s ending for the future stars, though. State archives show the Warriors did not appear in a spring state tournament until 2004. 

Routh reprised the role of Clark Kent for the 2006 film, directed by Bryan Singer. Momoa appears Friday as Arthur Curry in “Aquaman,” the season’s most anticipated superhero flick.

“I’ve known Jason forever and now he is Aquaman and I was Superman,” Routh told the Register in 2015. “We played soccer together in high school and youth soccer. I see him around every once in a while.”

From 2015: June 12 declared Brandon Routh Day

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A photo of the 1995 Norwalk Warriors high school soccer team, shown in the Norwalk High School yearbook. The team featured would-be hollywood stars Brandon Routh and Jason Momoa.Aquaman star Jason Momoa, pictured with the sophomore class in the 1995 Norwalk High School yearbook.Jason Momoa strikes a muscular figure as the title hero of Aquaman.Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman in Justice LeagueConi Momoa, from left, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, Jason Momoa, Lisa Bonet, and Lola Iolani Momoa arrive at the premiere of Aquaman at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles.Actors Patrick Wilson, left, Amber Heard and Jason Momoa participate in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film Aquaman at AOL Studios on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in New York.SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Jason Momoa Episode 1754 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kenan Thompson as Zerbo, Heidi Gardner as Brienne of Tarth, and host Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo during the Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo sketch on Saturday, December 8, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)Jason Momoa discusses DC's Aquaman at Comic-Con.LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24:  Actor Jason Momoa attendsJason Momoa, as Aquaman from left, Gal Gadot, as Wonder

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  • Coni Momoa, from left, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, Jason Momoa, Lisa Bonet, and Lola Iolani Momoa arrive at the premiere of Aquaman at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles.5 of 10
  • Actors Patrick Wilson, left, Amber Heard and Jason Momoa participate in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film Aquaman at AOL Studios on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in New York.6 of 10
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“Aquaman,” the latest film in the DC Extended Universe (the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman; not to be confused with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, home of the Avengers), enters wide release Friday. The film promises to serve audiences a coming-to-power story for the underwater hero DC first put to page in 1941.

In interviews earlier this year, Momoa noted the influence his Warren County upbringing had on playing Aquaman. He told A-List in the United Kingdom that “being born in Hawaii and raised in Iowa, (there were) two very different worlds much like Atlantis and the surface world.”

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Speaking with Men’s Journal, the “Game of Thrones” star and recent “SNL” host compared Curry’s fictional background to his own.

“It’s probably the character I’ve played that’s most like me. Like him, I grew up a huge outsider. I was just with my mother; he was just with his father — and I know what that’s like, not having a parent around.”

Who knows? The next Wonder Woman could be shooting hoops in Polk City right now.

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