Looks like the main baddie for Aquaman’s solo movie won’t be the one we were expecting to see.
While many of us expected to see the King of the Seven Seas go toe-to-toe with Black Manta, a new report over at JoBlo claims that the DC Comics villain Jason Momoa’s Aquaman will face in director James Wan’s movie will be his half-brother, Orm Marius, aka the Ocean Master.
Nothing’s confirmed at this point since they’ve just started working on the screenplay (I know!), so take this news with a grain of salt, aka it’s a RUMOR (albeit a cool one). As per the site report:
I'm told that OCEAN MASTER aka Orm Marius/Curry aka Aquaman's half brother is the villain that's currently being developed to square off with the King of Atlantis in his first solo outing, which is said to be reminiscent of the comic struggles of the duo in a brother-vs-brother fight for the throne of Atlantis.
Now doesn’t that sound a tiny bit familiar? Shades of Marvel’s Thor versus Loki? Except we have Atlantis instead of Asgard.
Created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, Ocean Master first appeared in Aquaman #29 back in September 1966. Over the decades, his origin story has been retconned quite a few times, with the latest version of the character (starting with DC Comic's 2011 relaunch with The New 52) having him be 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.
His earliest origins had him as Arthur Curry’s human half-brother and the son of Tom Curry (Aquaman's dad) and a woman named Mary O'Sullivan. Suffering from amnesia, he renamed himself Orm Marius, and became a high-tech pirate who tried to usurp his brother’s throne.
JoBlo also seems to confirm the rumor that Mera will have a big role in Aquaman, and that she'll be “a force to be reckoned with,” comparing her to Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road. They also claim that Warner Bros. is looking to cast a “non-white” actress in the part.
What do you think about Ocean Master being the main villain in Aquaman? The superhero movie is set to open on July 27, 2018.