There’s no DC related film I’m looking forward to more than James Wan’s take on Aquaman. For one, it’s Aquaman, who ranks just below the Legion of Super-Heroes and Captain Marvel/Shazam on my list of favorite comic book properties. Two, Wan is a tremendously gifted visual stylist, as evidenced by films like The Conjuring and Insidious (regardless of whatever storytelling shortcomings they may have, they look tremendous).
And now, I have a third reason. Favorite Wan go-to player, Patrick Wilson will be taking on the role of Ocean Master in the film according to Deadline.
Ocean Master aka Orm, is one of the two villains of Aquaman’s that most comic readers know off-hand along with the slightly more famous Black Manta (who is also rumored for the film). Orm most recently was the driving force behind the “Throne of Atlantis” crossover event, and with Johns’ run on Aquaman serving as a template of sorts for Wan and his team, its likely that this version of the villain will be cut from a similar cloth.
Wilson is one of the finest, unheralded actors in the business and after turning in a wonderfully stoic performance in the second season of Fargo this year, I’m glad to see him get another crack at a big budget superhero tentpole. For those who don’t remember, he was originally cast in Ant-Man, in a never disclosed part (some presume it was an earlier version of the Darren Cross role). He left that film after Edgar Wright departed, so hopefully Wan sticks around.
Aquaman is set to release in October of 2018.
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