In a resurfaced clip, Aquaman's King Orm - Patrick Wilson - performs as Queen singer Freddie Mercury, leading to the desire for an Atlantean musical. Wilson has been acting in major movies for a long time now, but with Aquaman hauling in over $1 billion worldwide, it's likely that his role within the latest DCEU movie is Wilson's most visible to date. To that end, Orm has quickly amassed his own fanbase, with many pointing out that his beefs against the surface world are perfectly valid, even if a murderous response isn't justified.
Of course, Aquaman wasn't Wilson's first foray into the superhero movie world, having played Night Owl in Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of Watchmen. However, those only familiar with Wilson via his work in comic book-based movies might not be aware that he's got a long history in musical theater, and is a talented singer and musician. His musical chops even crossed over a bit into The Conjuring franchise, which featured Wilson singing Elvis songs.
While Aquaman ended up near the top of the list when it came to 2018's highest-grossing films, not too far behind was the acclaimed Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. While the film's ties to fired director Bryan Singer have led to some hand-wringing during awards season, Bohemian Rhapsody cleaned up at the box office, earning more than $800 million worldwide. A newly resurfaced clip from early 2018 now combines those two great tastes, featuring Aquaman star Wilson performing the classic "Somebody to Love" as Mercury, complete with white Live Aid-esque attire and mustache. Check it out below.
While Wilson isn't quite as good a substitute for the legendary Mercury as Malek was in Bohemian Rhapsody, he still has a ton of fun with the performance, even hilariously ripping off the mustache in dramatic fashion. Wilson is clearly a fan of Mercury and Queen, and is obviously having a grand time belting out one of the band's signature hits. When a clip from the above performance was shared on Twitter, fellow Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen (Black Manta) responded with an amusing demand for Wilson to star in a musical Aquaman sequel. It's not clear why he followed that request with angry face emojis, but the Black Manta swims in mysterious ways.
I demand that Aquaman 2 be made as a musical. There I said it. It’s what the people want!! 😡😡😡😡😡 https://t.co/nKHqK9kgse— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) February 10, 2019
Is the above video of Wilson performing as Mercury kind of silly? Sure. Will Orm be singing in Aquaman 2? Realistically, probably not. Still, the world is a rough place, and sometimes one just needs to chill out and watch a movie star impersonate a rock icon. Perhaps if Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry had been aware of his brother's penchant for power ballads, they would have bonded a lot sooner, and Aquaman's familial battle could've been avoided altogether.
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