No matter which way you slice it, the next few years are shaping up to be monumental for fans of comic books and superhero movies. With Marvel’s cinematic rollout comfortable settled into a well-established pattern, their rivals over at DC are gearing up for the establishment of their own cinematic universe in the hopes of earning their own piece of the superhero movie pie. With the arrival of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a mere two months away, and Suicide Squad following this summer, DC and their partners at Warner Brothers have kicked the hype machine into overdrive, teasing audiences with delicious tidbits of what to expect as their universe expands.
Though last night’s airing of DC Films Presents: Dawn of Justice League on The CW—home of DC TV’s Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow—was largely focused on building hype for Batman and Superman’s impending battle royale, the special also offered glimpses of the other characters in the larger universe, giving us new information on Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman. Hosted by director and noted comic book fan Kevin Smith, the special gave fan insights into what to expect when these heroes hit the screens.
One of the more intriguing inclusions in the coming universe is Aquaman (Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones), who’s set to make his introduction in Dawn of Justice. Talking with Smith, DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns discussed Aquaman’s first cinematic appearance and offered a small peak into what’s to be expected with the character, saying:
“His name is Arthur Curry. He’s the son of a lighthouse keeper and the queen of Atlantis. He starts to develop these powers. He can breathe underwater, he can communicate with sea life. He’s very strong. He grows up not really feeling like he belongs in either world. So he’s a man who’s trapped between worlds but has a responsibility of protecting both of them.”
Aquaman is a character ripe for the exploration of duality, which is a theme established in 2013’s Man of Steel, the progenitor of the DCEU. Momoa echoed these sentiments further, solidifying the dual nature of the character, as well as giving us some clues about what to expect with Aquaman’s origin story.
“He’s the only one [of the Justice League] that’s both. He’s human and he’s a god. I want to see him struggle with the fact that he has these powers and he doesn’t know how to handle them. He hasn’t been trained.”
What’s not known is whether Johns and Momoa are referring to Aquaman as he’ll appear in Dawn of Justice or if this is what’s going to be explored in the upcoming Aquaman solo movie. However, though we don’t yet know just how extensive his role in Dawn of Justice will be, given that the marketing for the movie is focused heavily on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, it does feel unlikely that Aquaman’s role will be that substantive in comparison.
With that in mind, it’s not hard to believe that Aquaman’s origins will be explored more fully in the solo movie, perhaps even taking place prior to the events of Dawn of Justice or, like Wonder Woman, before Man of Steel. It would be interesting to meet Aquaman as an already established absolute when he makes his debut and then rewinding the story for a more expansive exploration of his character when the solo movie premieres in 2018.
We won’t know just how they’re going to approach it until Batman v. Superman opens, but for now it certainly seems as though there are some big plans in the works for Aquaman and his role in the Justice League. We’ll keep you posted on all things Aquaman and DCEU as more information becomes available.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
Source: The CW