DC’s Extended Universe is perhaps one of the most divisive movie franchises of the modern-day, with audiences completely split as to whether the three big films that have been released as part of the DCEU so far have been any good at all. Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are those movies in question, but the legions of fans who enjoy them are big enough to ensure that a whole slew of new releases will drop in the coming months and years. One of those movies is James Wan-directed flick, Aquaman.
Bringing the long-time member of the Justice League to the big screen for the first time, Wan will oversee former Game of Thrones veteran Jason Momoa in the titular role; with a supporting cast that includes Amber Heard as the royal love interest Mera, Willem Dafoe as advisor and scientist, Dr. Vulko and Patrick Wilson, who’ll be turning nasty for the flick in the role of the villainous Orma aka. Ocean Master. Today however, it’s been revealed that the cast could be about to expand even more - with one particular Star Wars and Green Lantern alum on the verge of hopping aboard.
It's being reported that Temeura Morrison is in talks to play Aquaman’s human father in Wan's DCEU movie, with THR claiming that serious negotiations are underway; indicating that a deal may be imminent. The news comes after offers were put out earlier this week to Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who are also both in early negotiations. If successful, Kidman will play Aquaman’s mother while Abdul-Mateen will join the gallery of DC villains to make it to the big screen as classic character, Black Manta.
Momoa himself is of native Hawaiin descent, so if Kidman is indeed going to play Aquaman’s mother in the movie, it’s good to see an actor who is of Maori descent in Morrison also close to joining the film, bringing another sense of reality and diversity to the cast. Superhero flicks in the past have garnered contempt and controversy over ‘whitewashing’, but it looks as if those behind Aquaman aren’t going to let that become a problem here.
This decision could be a brilliant one. Though he’s perhaps best-known for his work as bounty hunter Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequel series, Morrison is an actor who hasn’t let that one role define his entire career. More recently, he has starred in Disney’s Moana released in 2016, and he’s no stranger to the world of superheroes; having played a minor role in the unsuccessful 2011 Ryan Reynolds-led movie, Green Lantern, as Abin Sur.
If Morrison does decide that the Aquaman role is one he’d like to work in, the October 5, 2018 release date may mean that it’s unlikely he’ll be appearing in the second Star Wars anthology film, planned for 2020 and rumored to revolve around the origins of Boba Fett. Of course, filming schedules are flexible, so we wouldn’t rule out an appearance from the original Fett just yet, assuming that a Boba Fett movie does, in fact, happen one day.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018