Heroic and muscular ruler of an otherworldly realm is betrayed by his jealous half-brother in the world's worst case of sibling rivalry... You'd be forgiven for thinking we've just described every single film or comic that stars Thor and Loki, but in reality, there's a strong chance that Aquaman may sail down a similar path, if the latest addition to the DCEU is anything to go by.
#JamesWan revealed this week that #PatrickWilson will join the cast of Aquaman as Orm a.k.a. The Ocean Master, half-brother to Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry and all-round bad egg. Since his first appearance in Aquaman #29 (1966), this iconic DC villain has been altered more times than Barry Allen's messed up the timeline, but each version always remains intrinsically jealous of Aquaman, motivated by a desire to take over as ruler of Atlantis.
Watch Ocean Master fight Aquaman in the clip below:
Wilson may not be as beefy as Momoa in the muscles department, but neither was Tom Hiddleston's Loki. If fans can buy Hiddleston as Chris Hemsworth's (admittedly adopted) brother, there's no reason why this couldn't work too.
The announcement marks the fifth collaboration between Wan and Wilson, following their work together on both The Conjuring and Insidious franchises. It comes as little surprise that the pair will reunite once again for #Aquaman, especially as rumors to this effect have have been circulating for months now. However, the exact details of Wilson's involvement with Aquaman still haven't surfaced yet.
What Role Will Ocean Master Play In Aquaman?
Black Manta may be Aquaman's ultimate nemesis in the comics, but Ocean Master remains a close second, fighting Arthur again and again over the years, most notably in the recent animated feature, #JusticeLeague: Throne of Atlantis (2015).
In earlier comic book appearances, Orm used magic in his quest to usurp Arthur as the ruler of Atlantis. Following the New 52 reboot, Ocean Master took possession of a trident and helmet that enabled him to control the elements themselves, conjuring lightning and tsunamis in the fight against Aquaman.
Although it hasn't been confirmed yet, rumors previously suggested that the aforementioned Black Manta would take center-stage instead of the Ocean Master. While Wilson's casting hints that this is no longer the case, there's still a chance that Orm could be relegated to a supporting role in the Atlantean King's first solo venture.
After all, comic book movies often take the time to set up franchises by introducing future key players early on, so it's entirely feasible that resentment could build between Orm and Arthur in the first Aquaman film, ready to explode into all-out war in the inevitable sequel.
You Look Familiar...
Although Patrick Wilson is most recognizable for his recent ghost-busting endeavours, Wan's muse is hardly a stranger to comic book movies either. After appearing as Nite-Owl in DC's Watchmen, Wilson took a secret role in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, marking his first official appearance in the DCEU.
Well, we say 'appearance' — unfortunately for fans of that pretty face, Wilson didn't appear in person for his role in the superhero blockbuster. Instead, Patrick lent his voice to the President of the United States, approving the nuclear strike that almost killed Superman, and turned him into a bizarro husk of his former self.
Will James Wan reveal that Wilson's US President is actually the Ocean Master in disguise? Obviously not, but ready yourself for a tidal wave of fan theories suggesting otherwise.
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While the DCEU has experienced its fair share of troubles recently, Wilson's casting is a strong sign that Aquaman is nowhere near sinking just yet, drawing on the character's comic book heritage to create what could be the best DC movie yet. Yep, that guy who can talk to fish could very well save the DCEU. Whether you believe that's a celebration of the talent involved or a scathing indictment of the DCEU is up to you.