Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad are almost upon us (coming out in March and August, respectively), and while there is still plenty of room for speculation and anticipation on those first big team-up (or at least, multi-hero) movies for the DCEU, we're also starting to get excited about what comes next.
Wonder Woman has started filming, and while we are getting the first sneak peeks, there are also a few new rumors about another stand alone film for a member of the JLA: Aquaman.
Jason Momoa is slated to star in the 2018 flick (as well as his cameo in Batman v Superman, of course), but up until now this was really all we knew about the upcoming film.
Now, courtesy of JoBlo, we might have some hints about the big bad, as well as a surprising twist for Aquaman's queen, Mera.
Many comic fans commonly reference Black Manta as Aquaman's primary villain (a la Batman's Joker), but it's actually someone much closer to him in more ways than one. I'm told that OCEAN MASTER aka Orm Marius/Curry aka Aquaman's half brother is the villain that's currently being developed to square off with the King of Atlantis in his first solo outing.
Ocean Master actually makes a lot more sense than Black Manta for the first Aquaman movie. Assuming that DC is planning to follow in Marvel's footsteps and create multiple films for each character, why would they bring out the ultimate nemesis right out of the gate? We need time to build up the character of Arthur Curry, really develop him and make him a fan favorite before DC introduces a super-villain type like Black Manta.
Ocean Master, meanwhile, is a great choice to oppose Aquaman while giving us a lot of world-building and character backstory. In the comics, Orm is often in conflict with Arthur as he attempts to take over the throne of Atlantis. Assuming that this would be their central issue in the film as well, setting these two up is a great way to show Arthur's backstory and gain insight into Atlantis - a world that is completely new to viewers.
While casting is still ongoing for Mera, we do have some information about the plans for her character in AQUAMAN, her role in the DCEU, and what WB is looking for to fill the role... I've also heard that the studio is currently looking to cast a "non-white" actress in the role, which would match up with lead Jason Momoa's mixed race status.
Mera, Aquaman's wife and queen, is traditionally depicted as a white woman with red hair, leading to speculation about casting Jessica Chastain in the role. However, with the decision to make Arthur himself darker, black-haired and covered in tribal tattoos, it seems that the Atlanteans look more like Pacific Islanders than they do in the comics.
If this is the case, casting a darker woman to stand at Momoa's side in the film makes perfect sense. Ideally we would hope to see someone who looks as powerful and intimidating as Momoa himself, although there are no rumors yet as to who that might be.
More To Come
As Aquaman is currently in the early stages of planning and the screenplay isn't yet complete, there is obviously plenty of room for these rumors to change and for new snippets of information to come out about the project.
However, if these rumors are true, it does seem like the studio is going all out to create something amazing for the character, and stepping away from the oft-joked-about blonde guy who talks to fish. Instead, we're getting a warrior king of Atlantis and a backstory that truly does him justice. I can hardly wait...
'Aquaman' is planned for release on July 27, 2018.