‘Aquaman’ comic writer and DC publisher Geoff Johns already spilled the beans that DC Animation was building an animated movie around Aquaman, the King of the Seas. The movie ‘Justice League: War’ was criticized by some for leaving the character out completely, but at least the post-credit sequence teased at his imminent arrival as his brother Orm (a.k.a. Ocean Master) popped up declaring that Atlantis’ king had been killed. (An older king, possibly Orm’s father.) Orm declared, “The Surface Dwellers have killed our king. This is an act of war. And they will pay.”
The truth of the matter was, however, that this death was probably the result of the surface world’s heroes battling Darkseid and his invading forces. Despite the misunderstanding, in the comics, Atlantis declared war on the surface world and flooded several major cities, killing thousands.
The Aquaman film will not appear until next year at the earliest, as DC/Warner Brothers are only releasing one more movie in 2014, the out-of-continuity ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ based on the video games. The studio has already declared that moving forward, most of its movies will take place in one universe, based heavily on the current ‘New 52’ comic books.
Supposedly, the hero’s name ‘Aquaman’ will actually appear in the title of the movie, which has yet to be finalized. This is a radical departure since WB had previously declared that only Batman, Superman or the Justice League would appear in the titles of its movies, evidenced by the fact that they actually made a Supergirl movie, but called it “Batman/Superman: Apokolips.” But then again, Aquaman’s star has steadily been on the rise in recent years with him now starring in two comic books and being heavily featured on ‘Batman: The Brave & The Bold’ and ‘Young Justice’. Supposedly, this movie will deal with Aquaman’s origin, but not much else has been disclosed. (It’s not even clear exactly how far along this movie is in development.)
Usually, WB/DC teases its upcoming releases on its DVDs, so most likely some footage will surface on ‘Batman:Arkham Asylum’ which coincidentally arrives around the same time as San Diego Comic-Con, the same venue most major comic announcements are made.
What do you think? Does an Aquaman movie sound enticing to you?