Warner Bros.’ Aquaman solo movie has found its villain in a Watchmen star.
Deadline reports that Patrick Wilson will exchange his superhero duds (he played Nite Owl in the Zack Snyder movie) for those of a supervillain and face off against Jason Momoa (who plays the titular character) in director James Wan’s DC superhero film. The actor has been tapped for the role of Arthur Curry’s half-brother Orm Marius, aka Ocean Master.
Created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, the supervillain first appeared in the pages of Aquaman #29 in September 1966. Since then, Ocean Master’s origin story has been retconned a couple of times with the latest version of the character (The New 52) making him the second son of Atlanna, Queen of Atlantis (and Arthur Curry’s mother) and a member of the Atlantean Guard she was forced to marry.
In his earlier origin story, though, he was the son of Tom Curry (Aquaman's dad) and a woman named Mary O'Sullivan, making him Arthur Curry’s human half-brother who, suffering from amnesia, renamed himself Orm Marius and became a high-tech pirate who attempted to seize his brother’s Atlantean throne.
Whichever origin story they decide to use for the cinematic version of Ocean Master, a staple of the relationship between the half-brothers is the contentious sibling-rivalry that’s being compared to that of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the Marvel movies.
All in all this is an exciting casting coup, and the best part is that Aquaman won't be Patrick Wilson’s first rodeo with director James Wan. The two have made beautiful music together before in Wan’s horror films Insidious and its follow-up Insidious: Chapter 2; as well as The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 (one of my favorite horror movies) where he played the role of demonologist Ed Warren.
Penned by Will Beal (Gangster Squad), Aquaman also stars Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. The movie will swim into theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.