5 Actors Who Could Play Aquaman in ‘Justice League’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 4th, 2014 at 5:29 pm,

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He may be the butt of every superhero joke among the masses, but Aquaman has been given new life thanks to DC Comics’ company-wide ‘New 52′ relaunch. No longer the ‘Super Friend’ in spandex who talks to fish, the new and improved Arthur Curry is a tough-as-nails king in the making.

Skills to rival Superman or Wonder Woman have won him a prominent role in not only his own title, but the Justice League series as well, meaning it’s more possible than ever that a big screen team-up will include Aquaman. If that’s the case, who could be trusted to do the King of the seas justice in live-action?

Here are our picks for 5 Actors Who Could Play Aquaman in Justice League.

Liam McIntyre

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The reserved but good-natured star of Spartacus: Vengeance is one of our dark horses in the Flash race, but the casting of Liam McIntyre as Arthur Curry would make the intentions of Warner Bros. clear: this Aquaman’s weapons and armor aren’t for show, and is certainly not the one made famous alongside his ‘Super Friends.’ It’s a take on the character that would surprise many, but not those familiar with the New 52 version.

Now that Geoff Johns has re-imagined the aquatic hero as one of the most brutal warriors in the world, the opportunity to make Aquaman a fighter (not just a friend to fish) in Justice League is wide open. His first meeting with the rest of the League in the comics sent a clear message that he was a ruthless warrior, and casting McIntyre would do the same.

We have no doubt that McIntyre would be up to the challenge – he’s proven his abilities as a leader and combatant on a weekly basis – especially if the studio plans only to use him in a supporting role to heroes like Superman and Batman.

Alexander Skarsgård

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You don’t have to look far to see that Alexander Skarsgård is at the top of many Comic-Con attendee’s list of superheroes-in-waiting. With a fan-favorite role as True Blood‘s ‘Eric Northman,’ the Swedish actor has the kind of appeal to female genre fans that any studio would kill for –  and the type of appeal that would go a long way in making an Aquaman movie worthwhile.

Lest we forget, Skarsgård has also proven his abilities as a physical performer, brooding killer, and not-quite-human member of society. Those are all skills and experience that would come in handy with Arthur Curry’s life split between the surface-dwelling humans and the underwater kingdom (and love interest) that he can’t escape.

He may not be the member of the True Blood cast most vocally campaigning for a role with DC, but a breakout role sending Skarsgård to leading-man status is coming soon. Why not give him a trident and get while the getting’s good?

Sam Worthington

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He is one of the few actors currently making a living out of wielding a sword and spear (and drawing audiences every time he does), so casting proven headliner Sam Worthington would be a wise move to attract action fans to the trident-wielding Aquaman’s standalone adventures.

While genre fans and the Comic-Con crowd may not see Worthington as an accomplished thespian or unquestionable ‘leading man’ just yet, there’s no denying the one thing he is: bankable. Wrath of the Titans (2012) proved that when Worthington is on hand for a blockbuster, a big box office is a sure thing. That’s the kind of mass appeal that die-hard comic fans may not be hoping for, but Warner Bros. needs to count on if they’re going all-in on their DC universe heroes.

Worthington’s casting might make a deep, introspective look at the weight of a crown or life as a child of two races less likely, but would guarantee some crowd-pleasing action.

Garrett Hedlund

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As one of the brightest young actors that has yet to hit both financial and critical acclaim headlining a film, Garrett Hedlund seems poised to explode if given the right opportunity. Some might argue that Tron: Legacy was exactly that, or that Tron 3 might be the success Disney hopes for; that may be the case, but it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t bring a youthful appeal to the Aquaman’s angst.

DC and Warner Bros. would have competition, since it’s no secret Disney and Marvel both have their eyes set on Hedlund for the future (previously a finalist for Captain America ), and now that Star Wars: Episode VII is a reality – potentially requiring either a young Han Solo or Han and Leia’s son Jacen – his stock can only be rising.

Hedlund may be a long shot, but his performances in films like Friday Night Lights (2004) and Four Brothers (2005) convince us he’d do the part justice.

Jensen Ackles

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Although plenty of CW fans will demand to see Justin Hartley (Smallville) get a chance at playing Aquaman since his TV pilot, Mercy Reef, was canned, Warner Bros. has an even stronger young star in its employ. We speak of course of Jensen Ackles, one half of the dynamic duo of Supernatural.

Taking a show to its ninth season is impossible without talent and a large fan base to match, so if the studio ever plans to use existing network audiences to help a hero reach mainstream success, Aquaman needs it most. And few command viewer loyalty like Ackles.

Confidence, onscreen charisma and likability are all things that Ackles’ ‘Dean Winchester’ has exuded for almost a decade on TV, with a bit of an edge that would help make Arthur Curry more than a walking joke. Men and women pay the same price for movie tickets, and Ackles has found fans with both; a much-needed boost to any Aquaman film would starting with a proven – and underrated – star.

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That concludes our list of actors that we feel could play the solemn, deadly, and proud Arthur Curry on the big screen. As is clear from our range of choices, the actors chosen to bring Aquaman to life in a possible Justice League movie depends largely on the version of the character Warner Bros. and DC wish to take. Ridiculed heartthrob, or future king?

What are your hopes for a live-action take on Aquaman? Do you think the comics have done a solid job of making him dangerous and deadly once again, or are you hoping to see a different approach taken?

Leave your thoughts in the comments.


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  1. Liam McIntyre looks a LOT like Sam Worthington

  2. I could see garret if he gets a bit older, I dont like any of the others besides jensen and I think jensen could be batman.

  3. Id say its an idea article of their choices dumbass
    but your just a troll arent you.

    • Heh…you ain’t kiddin’…

      He posted the EXACT same comment on the Green Lantern thread.


    • You cant spell “better”. :)

    • There may be free speech on the internet, but Vic and co at ScreenRant have every right to ban you from commenting on their website. Who’s with me to get the banhammer out to get rid of this troll?

    • You used the improper form for the word whose. You should have used who’s. “Try getting an education before you criticize someone.”

      • So one word means he doesn’t have an education? Hm, really now…I will be scanning this comment board for any and all errors of any caliber of yours, upon which I shall decry you as an uneducated heathen.

  4. i wouldnt mind chris hemsworth… but that aint happening XD

    • then might I suggest Liam Hemsworth

      • 2 words STAT HAM

        • So…you need an immediate lunch meat?

          Sorry, sorry…I kid. Class is taking a test…It’s too quiet.

  5. i dont like any of these guys…

  6. As much as I like smallville aquaman didn’t work with the actors they chose, justin hartley was a far better oliver queen. And alan ritchson was always a little too smug for it to work

    Also why not pick someone who is actually blonde so they don’t look ridiculous with dyed hair

    Could even go as far and pick Liam Hemsworth and get your own DC version of thor.

  7. Sam Worthington isn’t a leading man and I don’t care how many movies he gets thrown into that try to play him up as one. The man has no charisma and is a pain to watch onscreen. That being said, they can cast whoever they want as Aquaman. Just so the writing of his character is strong I don’t care who takes the part. That actually applies to all the JL members.

    Except Martian Manhunter. I will only accept Idris Elba in that role.

    • Idris Elba should be John Stewart/Green Lantern!

  8. We will get Justice League, eventually… but I’m calling it now –

    That spot that Justice League holds will become a Superman/Batman movie in 2015 starring Cavil and Bale… and depending on how that does, THEN we will get a Justice League. Gonna be awhile yet…

    • No one cares what you think.

    • Insult me to my face.

      I’m in Los Angeles. I’ll meet you.

      Name the place. I’ll be easy to spot. I’m a 54 year old man. 6′ 5″ tall. In good shape for my age.

      I won’t be smiling like my picture.

      • Come on commentaterer.

        Say something pithy now.

        Make a joke.

      • Have you ever listened to any Roy D. Mercer?

      • Maybe you could play an older Aquaman then?

        Jus’ sayin’….

  9. Alexander Skarsgard is the best one for the role. Jensen Ackles would actually be my pick for a Hal Jordan/Green Lantern recast, unless DC/WB goes with the Common as John Stewart route.

    • I would rather see Jensen Ackles as the Flash. I think Alexander Skarsgård has that Noble pomp about him that would be able to carry off the Aquaman character.

  10. I agree and disagree too.

    This article is just more fanboy dream casting by Andrew Dyce. Just like his dream casting article on Green Lantern for the imaginary Justice League movie. It bugs me too.

    Andrew….. Are you getting paid by WB for these test marketing, opinion surveys?

    I’ve found the best way to avoid getting irritated with Screen Rant is to simply not read articles written by AD. Ben’s stuff is great, so is Rob’s articles…… Kofi too…..And the rest of Screen Rant’s team. They write stories reporting on verifiable quotes from in-the-know people in the movie business. Or they’re writing reviews on actual movies and trailers that really exist.

    If I were in charge of Screen Rant (which I’m not) I would pull AD from any stories regarding DC. He’s too much of a fanboy to be objective. His articles on Marvel stuff have been fine.

    Andrew. Start a DC fan blog and post your dream casting stories there. It’ll be a hit.

    • I post here on Screen Rant with my real name and picture. I expect to suffer the slings and arrows of people here with an opposing position. But I was actually agreeing with you…… commentaterer, for the most part. But now this last post. Think about what this says about you.

      You feel safe posting insults anonymously over the internet. Your avatar is blank. Your name is a pseudonym. You’ve insulted me and the rest of the posters here. This unwarranted attack is appeasing your need for attention AND giving you the feeling of power and superiority that is probably lacking in your real life.

      Your friend,

      The Hobo

      • Heustis my friend..

        You forgot to end your post to “the commentaterer” with:

        BOOM, ROASTED!

        • Thanks EGRM

    • @Heustis

      I won’t tell you whose articles to enjoy more than anyone else, but I will point out the difference between reporting on cited quotes or interviews and speculative features.

      For the Green Lantern casting feature you mentioned (based on Reynolds saying he’s lukwarm on returning), I gathered the young actors that many of the SR team have discussed, with clear reasoning for our naming them as successors we either think we’ll see, or would be interested in seeing.

      Common was cast in the role already, Idris Elba is a no-brainer, and Rosenbaum has expressed interest in both superhero movies and WB in particular. To me, that’s much less a ‘fanboy dream casting’ than a level-headed look at the realities of the studio’s options. If I had listed Ryan Gosling, or actors who are either never interested in blockbusters or about 20 years too old (like other ‘fancasts’) than I’d say you have a point.

      In all honesty, I don’t appreciate that claim about my being paid, since these aren’t surveys, but a chance to get people talking about what they would like to see from the role, what would be the biggest risks, and more often than not, give them some grounded expectations and an explanation for why.

      Going by the comments, I’d say most people are happy to contribute. If you’d prefer not to read articles by me then no hard feelings whatsoever. I make no secret of the fact that my history with DC is richer than Marvel (which I’m working on), but always make the effort to remain either impartial, or equally optimistic or in the case of Aquaman, skeptical about the realities these movies face.

      • Andrew…

        May I just say that this is a well-crafted, reasonable, rational response…Bravo.

        • Agreed

          • @Archaeon/Rebanks: Thanks guys :), I think it’s always clear these articles are for fans, hopefully more realistic or justified than some random A-listers.

    • stfu

  11. From the list above ill go with Jensen ackles of garret hedlund.

    But I’ll say Liam hemsworth for aquaman for sure

  12. only ones im liking from this list Jensen Ackles and Liam McIntyre his done some amazing work in spartacus it would be pretty cool to see him as aquaman

  13. I’m fine with most people from the list except for Sam Worthington. He may be a box office draw, but I don’t think he’s that good of an actor. I don’t think he can change his accent at all, so voice usually ends up sounding like some weird cross between Australian and American. I realize that it’s not a big deal all the time, especially for this movie, where Aquaman could very easily have an accent like that.

    But still, he bothers me somehow. Maybe I’m biased.

    • I think hes very dry and dont get his appeal.

  14. Even though Aquaman is a horrible character, I can see Jensen Ackles nailing it. I just really wish that Aquaman wouldn’t be involved, he’s not all that great to me. He’s a badass? LMAO On what planet?

    • people used to say that about batman…

  15. “the commentaterer” is gone.

    Thank you Screen Rant administrator.

    Whoever you are.

    Thank you.

    • @Heustis – You’re welcome.

      Paul Young – Moderator

  16. Sam worthington has proven himself in films such as avatar and ….. of the titans

    • i would disagree…

  17. From those options Alexander Skarsgård would be the best.How about Jai Courtney or Benedict Cumberbatch.Benedict would have to gain some muscle though.

    • I’d rather see Benedict play a villain. He’d steal the show playing a villain!

  18. I haven’t read any of the 52 relaunch titles for this character, but I think it would depend on which version they use in the film. The long haired, hook-handed Aquaman would hopefully not be in consideration. I’m guessing from the picture used that DC has reverted back to the more traditional version?

    • @ Jason: In the comics they have. While I do think the bearded, one-handed Aquaman was cool for different reasons, they probably made the right move.

      • I see. That makes many of these choices more sensible.

  19. Benedict Cumberbatch
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  20. Liam Hemsworth or Alexander Skarsgard imo. Garrett Hedlund and Jensen Ackles aren’t bad choices either though.

  21. You want to generate intrest then how about A list of actresses to play Aquaman’s wife Mera.

    • Haha oh boy.

  22. Methinks that Garrett Hedlund could be great in Star Wars. Jensen Ackles, I don’t so much see in a big screen role…I guess that I would like to see Aquaman as more of a bearded mythological figure, as opposed to a clean-cut swim star.

  23. they should have an older version of aqua man with a grey beard and all, proper epic king of atlantis.

    i can even see a solo movie called king of atlantis,

    would be dope

  24. I still vouch 100 percent for Armie Hammer to be Aqua Man. Its a no brainer.

  25. I think the fact that every single one of these actors could play Aquaman, Batman, Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern is indicative of a bigger problem…

    • +1

  26. I hope Aquaman gets a spot in this film. As someone mentioned above comparing Aquaman to Thor, that genius. They both come fantastical places where they are treated as royalty. They both have a strong connection to our civilization and an evil brother bent on destroying said civilization. Heck you can even compare Aquaman to Man of Steel. An Aquaman film could follow almost the same structure as the Man of Steel film. Young boy with powers, flashbacks to his origins on his homeworld, adoptive father puts him on the right path, finds someone to help him shape his destiny and then become that destiny by stopping a similar villain from conquering the world. Since Clark Kent is a fisherman in this movie, Aquaman could cameo.

    • That’s kind of why it would be bad actually. Repetitive, especially if we want a Wonder Woman in there. Same story yet again.

  27. What about Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy???

  28. If Todd Lasance doesn’t end up as a movie version of Green Arrow, I could see Liam McIntyre taking it.

    Honestly, if they mixed the New 52 version of Aquaman with the bearded look that I personally think looks more like a King of Atlantis (no razors underwater), why not go for Kaiwi Lyman?