Aquaman star Patrick Wilson channels his villainous character King Orm in response to a man driving a Ferrari off a dock and into the ocean. After the critical and commercial failure of Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon's Justice League in November 2017, the DCEU took nearly an entire year off, not releasing Aquaman until December 2018. Thankfully, that hiatus proved to be a wise move, as fans became quite eager to see if James Wan's Arthur Curry origin story could manage to right the DCEU ship. Based on both box office and general public sentiment, Wan succeeded with flying colors.
Employing a staggered worldwide release strategy that saw Aquaman release in some markets in early-December, before finally hitting U.S. theaters on December 21, DC's latest superhero blockbuster has been steadily swimming up the ranks of 2018's highest-grossing films. As of this writing, Aquaman currently stands tall at the #6 spot worldwide, with $846.3 million, and is very close to overtaking Venom for the #5 spot. Aquaman has already surpassed hits like Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Deadpool 2, and Bohemian Rhapsody.
While Aquaman lead Jason Momoa is understandably getting most of the recognition when it comes to the performances in Wan's film - with Amber Heard's Mera a close second - there is also a bit of a fan cult forming around Patrick Wilson's King Orm. Sure, he's a villain who wants to destroy the surface world, but since when has being a bad guy stopped characters from amassing a fanbase? Wilson seems to be loving Orm as well, channeling the Atlantean ruler when responding to a tweet by the popular "Florida Man" account about a man deliberately driving his Ferrari off a dock and into the ocean. Check out Wilson's cheeky response below.
Thank you for the gift. 🔱 https://t.co/tZLQo2uuQc— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) January 4, 2019
According to the news story by WPTV that's linked in Florida Man's tweet, the story Wilson's responding to involves 48-year-old James Mucciaccio, Jr., a West Palm Beach man who for reasons unknown decided to drive his very expensive Italian car into Aquaman's domain at high speed. Mucciaccio was uninjured, and the Ferrari was recovered and returned to dry land. Police say Mucciaccio wasn't under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time he drove the Ferrari into the drink, so it's anyone's guess what his motivation was, outside of possibly giving King Orm a sweet new ride.
Interestingly, a lot of people have taken Orm's side when it comes to the surface world, even if they don't necessarily approve of his mass-murdering methods. Orm makes valid points about the amount of trash and chemicals that humanity pollutes the sea with, and on a more personal level, his anger toward Arthur makes sense when one considers that he holds his half-brother responsible for the death of their mother Queen Atlanna. The best villains are often the ones that could've been heroes if their circumstances had been different, such as Black Panther's Erik Killmonger, and Aquaman's Orm seems cut from that same cloth.
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