‘Aquaman’ Movie Happening… After ‘Wonder Woman’ & ‘The Flash’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2012 at 1:26 pm,

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For years DC Comics has teased fans about a possible Aquaman movie – but the most that loyal fans were given was a failed television pilot in 2007, a fake movie directed by James Cameron (Avatar) in the HBO series Entourage and a reoccurring character in the highly popular Warner Bros. TV series, Smallville.

Alan Ritchson, the actor who plays Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman in Smallville, recently did an interview with Comic Book Resources where he stated that he thought an Aquaman movie would start swimming soon – but that he hasn’t been approached to play the title role. Here’s an excerpt from that interview which you can find in its entirety HERE.

“But an [Aquaman] movie, on the other hand, I think is very much a reality. In fact, I think there’s one in the works. Some people in LA are starting to get the ball rolling on that. I don’t know what my involvement would ever be in that, but, yeah, I think it would be cool to see that happen. But it’s just so expensive to do. It’s hard to say if it’s really going to happen.”

While IMDb isn’t considered the end-all for accurate and up-to-date information (see the bio joke played on Cody Sousa) there does appear to be an Aquaman movie listed in production for 2013. I spoke with Ritchson’s publicist concerning his quote and while he has heard “rumblings” around town regarding an Aquaman movie, those appear to be nothing more than fleeting mentions in passing conversations.

So if the guy currently playing the King of Atlantis hasn’t heard anything definitive then what is the status of the Aquaman movie?

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I spoke with a source at Warner Bros. and they are indeed planning an Aquaman film… but it’s certainly not going to be released in 2013. In fact, they are looking at a release date closer to 2015 or 2016 if everything goes according to plan. Warner Bros. will team up with Leo DiCaprio’s production studio Appian Way (Red Riding Hood, Shutter Island) to make the underwater film a reality.

Warner Bros. however, considers Aquaman to be a third tier superhero character and they aren’t in a hurry to invest heavily in him. Since 75% to 80% of an Aquaman film would most likely take place underwater, the movie would need a massive budget of close to an estimated $200 million to make that happen – and Warner Bros. probably doesn’t think they would recoup those costs just yet.

Before Aquaman fans can see the classic orange and green streaking through the ocean’s waves, they will have to wait for another Batman and Superman film, as well as The Flash, Wonder Woman and even Green Lantern 2 to be released first. That’s at least 5 to 7 years worth of films in the WB pipeline before Aquaman can even think about fighting underwater crime.

Warners could be introducing Aquaman to audiences in small doses in a series of cameos in his fellow Justice Leaguers’ films. If general audiences get a chance to know and love Aquaman the way fans do already, then maybe WB wouldn’t have as difficult a time considering investing in a $200 million dollar budget.

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DC will need to hurry though because as most comic book movie fans already know, DC is trailing behind Marvel where movies are concerned at this point – with the exception of the successfully rebooted Batman franchise. Things can easily change with Green Lantern and Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot debut, however.

Comic book fans know the two biggest comic book heavyweights, DC and Marvel, have been going head-to-head for years. DC struck first in the movie industry with Superman and Batman but the quality of the films began to suffer as they continually went back to those same characters for more movies instead of introducing other characters from their library.

Marvel has already made the effort to introduce other characters such as Iron Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four and Daredevil to the movie-going public with successful big screen adaptations and even a couple of third tier characters: Elektra, Punisher and Ghost Rider – with mild success. Although these properties were scattered across several major studios (which helped them become a reality), all DC characters are owned by Warner Bros. and hence, all this was done while DC was once again retelling the same story of Batman and Superman – two stories that some say have been told to death.

Now, while Marvel is finishing up movies for more second tier characters like Thor and Captain America, DC is just now working on its first second tier character film: Green Lantern. Sure, they have talked for ages about putting out Green ArrowWonder Woman and Flash movies but progress has moved very slowly on each of those films as they devote precious resources to their flagship characters: Batman and Superman.

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DC has some other great characters in its superhero coffer, and they need to get going with production on them before Marvel forever drowns them at the box office.

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  1. Yes. I thought Batman was going to die, and since that is the end of the Trilogy, I am assuming he did die, but I guess he could have jumped out and dove really deep into the sea, or, perhaps Aquaman helped him get away from ground zero of the blast in the harbor since he can swim better than the Caped Crusader, even with a bat in tow……

    • *Spoiler Warning!*

      @Mike Just so we’re clear, Bruce doesn’t die in The Dark Knight Rises, he’s shown at the end with Selina Kyle and Alfred. And the symbol that is Batman lives on with the new Robin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

    • Did you even see the effin’ movie? They show him alive at the end, ya dumb fack.

  2. I want Sam Worthington as Aquaman

  3. Yes, I saw the movie. But the ending did not make sense. He died in the nuclear explosion and the last scene seemed like a delusion by Alfred. Like he was having a pleasant reverie of an old fogey. It is not very becoming of you to swear and namecall. Don’t act like a troll, dude. Show some class. I am sure you are capable of it if you like Aquaman.

    • You’re over thinking it. Since Alfred told him about that trip he takes and how he always wanted to see that Bruce had moved on, Bruce made that a reality. Alfred isn’t delusional, and they wouldn’t have him imagine seeing that at the end of the movie. If anything, he would’ve imagined it earlier when he was explaining his trip.

      • Yeah, I guess I am overthinking it. It just seems like deux ex machina so much. It is supposed to be the end of the trilogy. It was so perfect for him to die at the end, and then that silly Hollywood reverie of Alfred that might or not mean Bruce is still alive. I mean, if Bruce is still alive, that is cool, but it just makes no sense. He cannot swim like Aquman, and he’d of had to dive down very deep into the ocean to survive that nuclear blast, and then what, he swam to Paris?

        • He (batman) fixed the auto pilot on the bat.

  4. an aqua-man film would be very anticipated but DC better hurry before marvel makes a namor the submariner movie and stingray movie.

  5. Yes, I guess he must have used auto-pilot if we are to believe he survived. As far as Submariner and/or Stingray being a threat to an Aquaman movie that is not a worry of mine. That is like being worried that a Babe Ruth movie might not be made because Pee Herman played tee ball as a kid.

  6. Make Aquaman a Navy S.E.A.L. and arm him with an arsenal, the trident (SEAL symbol)could be metaphysical after a renewed origin. This way Aquaman might get out of being an orange waterwinged wimp and it would make the film worth seeing. Otherwise, I don’t see why they would waste money on a character doomed to fail at the box office. I’d rather see another Tick movie instead.