ByCyrus Taherbeigi, writer at Creators.co

As you should very well know by now we're getting an Aquaman film in 2018, with Jason Momoa playing Arthur Curry, we're getting a very rugged Aquaman who looks like the type of guy you don't wanna get on the wrong side of. For such an intimidating hero we need a villain who is a worthy opponent, so I'm going to run down the list of possible opposition and fan-cast them.

Orm Marius/Ocean Master

Let's kick off with the half-brother of Arthur himself, Orm has had three different origins throughout the comics, Pre-Crisis, Post crisis & The New 52, I'm not going to get into them as it'd take a while, bu I personally believe they would go with The New 52 origin due to going with a New 52 line-up for the Justice League, but I could easily be wrong. Some powers and abilities of Ocean Master are; he is a master of magical manipulation and can utilise it for many effects inluding magical bolts and telepathy. After making a deal with Neron he has now had his abilities enhanced and been given a trident to focus his power. In The New 52 his trident can control lightening and his helmet allos him to control masses of water to the effects of a tsunami.


One of the rumoured actors to be lined up to play Orm is Karl Urban, the 'Dredd' actor for me could play Orm perfectly. After seeing him in 'Almost Human' I would pretty much be happy for him to play any role. I could easily see him facing off again Jason Momoa and looking like he could stand a chance.

Orm Marius/Ocean Master & Karl Urban
Orm Marius/Ocean Master & Karl Urban

David ?/Black Manta

Black Manta aka David? Yeah, we don't actually know his surname, I guess it's just one of those things that just doesn't come up? Moving on, Black Manta is Aquaman's archenemy, above even Orm, this guy is one who is forever fighting Arthur Curry. There are far too many different versions of his origin ranging from an orphan in Gotham City who preferred cold water to cotton sheets to Manta/Man hybrid, my point is I'm not going to get into that as it would take far too long. I'll stick with The New 52 origin again and just keep this simple. Black Manta has sworn revenge on Aquaman after he accidentally killed Manta's father when he attacked Aquman's father, Manta is constantly trying to cause Aquaman hurt, even ended up killing his son.

Some of his powers and abilities include; A degree of enhanced strength and endurance, his armour further enhances these attributes, allowing him to lift cars and throw them with ease, in addition his armour is bulletproof and is only vulnerable to very powerful explosives. He can shoot laser type shots from his eyes which are used in various different ways throughout the comics.

My casting for Black Manta is Omari Hardwick, I've seen this guy in 'Power' and although the show is only decent I think he is very good in it, I can see rocking the black swimsuit and actually filling it out.

Black Manta & Omari Hardwick
Black Manta & Omari Hardwick

Atlan/The Dead King

The Dead King was once Atlan the Greatest King of Atlantis, before he was betrayed by his brother Orin and by his people. They killed his family, and those who were loyal to him were hunted, during this time he forged the Six Artifacts of Atlantis. He returned many years later and famously didn't utter a single word until after he killed his brother and his Queen, after while Atlantis descended into a civil war he broke his years of silence, "Let it all...die" and then sunk Atlantis.

So you could say he's a bit of a badass, he's done things to hurt Aquaman such as take Mera (his love) to a pocket dimension hidden in the Bermuda Triangle called Xebal and used it as a prison. He has superhuman strength, superhuman durability, ice control & underwater adaptation. One of the hardest characters I've ever had to fancast due to him looking well, dead, but I have found someone I think will fit the bill, Jeff Bridges.

Yes I know he played Obidiah Stane in Iron Man, but he was killed off in the first film of the cinematic universe, and I feel actors should be allowed to be in both universes as long as they only appear in one film from each. Now I honestly think Jeff would be an amazing Atlan, the guy already has the hair and beard for the role and you know he can play a great villain, I know a lot of people will get annoyed at this, but tell me if he grows out the beard you can't see it?

Atlan/The Dead King & Jeff Bridges
Atlan/The Dead King & Jeff Bridges

Nanaue/King Shark

He was originally a Superboy villain, but he's most famous as a member of the Secret Six, Suicide Squad & a villain of Aquaman. Nanuane is a humanoid shark, his father is Chondrakha 'The King of all Sharks' also known as the 'Shark God' (yes I know, I've said shark a lot already), and his mother is a human woman.

King Shark has been in a lot of teams and done a lot of stuff, surprisingly including being Aquaman's sidekick for a brief time, which I know is confusing, but yeah that happened. Some of his powers include his augmented flesh which provides protection against the pressures of the deep and physical attacks, he has shark teeth, he has gills for breathing underwater as well as on land, he can swim very fast and is resistant to cold, he has had his strength and endurance enhanced, oh and he can regenerate. So it's pretty damn safe to say, he is one of the most powerful characters in the DC universe. I'm not going to cast him however as I can't really think of any actors who look like sharks off the top of my head, but I do think he would make an excelled side villain to maybe Black Manta?

Nanaue/King Shark
Nanaue/King Shark

There are many more Aquaman villains but a lot of them I can't see appearing in the first film, maybe in a sequel? I personally hope we get an Orm/Ocean Master film to kick it off, it makes the most sense to me as a brother vs brother fight is always gonna be a draw in and if Karl Urban played Orm it would make some of the dialogue in the film with Jason brilliant. Who would like to see face Aquaman first?

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