DC’s Geoff Johns Talks Aquaman; Drops Movie Hints

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While the general public remains fixated on the film franchises of Batman, Superman and now Batman vs. Superman, we here at Screen Rant have spent a considerable amount of time focusing on characters that have not yet enjoyed big-screen adaptation. We’ve explained why Wonder Woman or The Flash are great film franchise candidates – and one or both might be appearing in BvsS – but the character that kicked off our little series of articles was none other than DC’s aquatic superman, Aquaman.

Aquaman has been a joke for a long while (see HERE), but comic book writer and Chief Creative Officer of the DC Entertainment brand, Geoff Johns, has led a singular campaign since the late ’00s to re-introduce Aquaman to the world, and in his latest interview he drops more than a few hints that Aquaman has been purposefully positioned to be an integral part in DC’s multimedia future – which would presumably include films.

Johns spoke with Variety and talked about where the character of Aquaman currently stands in the DC Entertainment brand:

“He’s a priority character for the company… He became a little bit of a joke… Suddenly, he was nobody’s favorite super hero… He’s a character that we talk quite a bit about… There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most well-known characters among super-heroes, and in popular culture.”

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The rest of the article goes on to detail how Johns first resurrected the character from death, and then expanded his mythos for the modern age, carefully maneuvering Aquaman into a position of increased prominence within the  DC superhero pantheon. When Johns and all-star artist Jim Lee relaunched the “New 52″ Justice League comic book in 2011, Aquaman had the gall to contest Batman and Superman for leadership of the league. The character’s solo adventures in the comics have seen a slow-burn rise in popularity, and Aquaman will also be featured in his own upcoming animated feature (which is why he won’t be included in the upcoming Justice League: War animated feature).

So: Can a feature film be far behind?

Look, we’ve been longtime converts when it comes to the Aquaman issue. Personally speaking, having followed Johns’s work on the character and his world, it’s more been a question of why there’s been such hesitation on DC/WB’s part to put the character in a headlining movie. His world is unlike other superhero films (water), his story is archetypal enough for a grand, epic adventure (lost king of Atlantis), and the spectacle of his powers and story would offer a unique cinematic experience.

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READ: 5 Reasons Aquaman Could Be DC’s Next Big Superhero Movie

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Johns is also correct when he states that Aquaman is one of the most well-known characters in the superhero lineup. That’s not to say he’s one of the most popular characters, but being well known – even as a punchline – automatically gives him a bit of a headstart when it comes to exposure and promotion. Sure, most people might see the initial announcement of an Aquaman film and think “Why/How in the hell would they do THAT?” but it will then be on the filmmakers to provide a film that thwarts the mountain of skepticism it will inevitably be faced with.

Gravity issued such a challenge (and subsequently met it) with some risky promo clips, which teased  the movie’s straightforward disaster scenario and dared fans to find out how the filmmakers would sustain such momentum. The material to craft a great Aquaman movie is there (almost all of it provided by Johns) – but it’s up to the studio to treat the character with the reverence and respect that they have for Batman and Superman – instead of the cartoonish cheese and shallowness that plagued Green Lantern.

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…And timing will be key. As stated in our Aquaman movie tips article, it wouldn’t be prudent to dive into this movie (pun) just before director James Cameron potentially shocks the world with the new aquatic-based film technology of his Avatar sequels. Then again, if Batman vs. Superman is acting as a launchpad for the Justice League movie (which signs indicate that it will), then Aquaman could very well get a soft introduction to the movie-going world, with enough time left for technology to catch up to the challenge of making his solo film something revolutionary.

It’s still all rumor and speculation now – but hopefully it doesn’t stay that way for long…

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We’ll keep you updated on both the Aquaman animated feature and the possible feature-film to follow.

Source: Variety

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  1. ………….as a die hard aquaman fan this is possibly the greatest news for the future of dcmu. I look at the new52 aquaman and I see a solid defined character.

    1) he learns of his heritage from his father the only family he ever knew, but learned his mother was atlantean and it gifted him with various skills.

    2) he has stregth to rival the strongest dc characters on land and under the sea. He can swim at top speeds, survive in the deepest pressure and telepathically manipulate sea life. Not speak to fish.

    3) has a recurring and fleshed out love intrest with a questionable path in mera.

    4) has 2 powerful and well know arch enemies in black manta and ocean master.

    5) also I want he to debut in justice league movie the way he did in new 52 justice league like a bad a**! And show others he’s worth their time.

    Also a good idea may be to have him in his movie after jl and have people think he’s a joke and he just shrugs it off.

    • FINALLY! A fellow Aquaman fan.

  2. If they add Wonder Woman AND flash, one of two things will happen…..Flash will hafta become black, or Wonder Woman will be Puerto Rican :-) Cuz we will just gotta have a minority in there…ya know, PC n’ all that lol

  3. I’m very much hoping for an Aquaman film. The depth of this guy, the level of his power and the vastness (mile-for-square-mile)of his Kingdom is reason alone for a trilogy, not just a single film. Let alone just being an ancillary player in someone else’s film. I think that if WB made an Aquaman flick, and did it right, to the “T”, they could have a critical and commercial winner on their hands. Think about all of the smaller films that have become classics (in their genres or otherwise) that had a starving production team, writers and cast members, that came together and created incredible films…. It sounds like a low-ball number for an special effects driven feature, but how about a budget of $80,000,000. Get an actor that’s got a wide array of work, but just on the cusp of A-list status. Have a script of stoic and heartfelt tragedy (which is Aqua fo sho) and market it for 16+ Year old Audience and I think the film will make bank if for no other reason than it would be riding on this new DC wave of film interest that’s being generated by all of the news and anticipation for the forthcoming JLA films. Ya’ see, for me personally; Marvel might as well not even exist lol. Aside from Daredevil, I do not like Marvel. I like their films waaaaay less than I like their books if that gives you any notion. So now that WB’s has started expanding their DC literary properties, I could not be happier! I feel stupidly excited! That being said, I think that Aquaman and his could be the proper “canvas” to start all this upon. The dudes’ got a reason to be ANYWHERE in this entire world, therefore it could be Aquaman that sort of starts the unification of this eventual team up that is the Justice League! Actor wise, I dunno who should do it. Who could do it. One mans piss is another mans lemonade. Some of my recommendations might look like garbage to the next guy, but that being said and my choices being of my own personal opinion…Ya’ know the b**** of it is that Chris Hemsworth would be a great Aquaman lmfao. I may post some more ideas for actors here later on as they come to me, just for arguments sake but I’d settle for some chit chat with some others that think that this Aquaman stuff is feasible. Aquaman fans are few and far between. Make your presence know DC fans, make your presence known…. -Z

  4. AQUAMAN!!!!!!!!! Why is there no definitive news on my Aquaman yet? I think I’ve been pretty patient, but the world is still just talkîng about batman (in a superman flick no less)! It’s not even a batman movie people!!!!! Anyway, I’m steady lookin places for A-Man but no news worthy stuff out there as of yet… Just actors dodging reports and here say about casting. It’s makin’ me nuts! Aquaman and his kingdom is the canvas that all of this justice league business should be being painted upon. He’s got the right (and reasons) to be anywhere on this planet at literally any given time, ya know. It’s kind of a no brainier to me but I guess their just intending to shoehorn another way for them to all get together. Aquaman hasta’ already know about paradise island (think about it), and he must know about superman (given all of the trash left in his Indian Ocean after man of steel, he’s very more than likely somewhat familiar with Bruce Wayne due to to Wayne enterprises (and the waste that juggernaut produces). And going for a stretch here (a long stretch lol) he may have even noticed a guy that can run across the surface of his oceans at light speed lol. He’s at the center of just about %70 of the JLA, and that’s just at the word “go.” Anyway I’m hoping more Aquaman fans will start talking, it’d be great if we could get the man talking here, ya’ know! Geoff Johns himself. Talk atcha’ guys later, be safe and god bless…. Laters