What ultimately drew Patrick Wilson (Orm/Ocean Master) to Aquaman was James Wan. This is actually their fifth movie together, following Insidious (2011), The Conjuring (2013), Insidious Chapter 2 (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016).
Wilson believed that Wan would push him to his limits as an actor, which manifests in the intensity he brings to Orm. He may appear to be the villain, though his intentions are not exactly evil. Something that Wilson could identify with is Orm's "disgust and distaste for the surface world destroying his oceans," as he told SYFY WIRE.
While Wilson doesn't believe Orm's tendency towards violence is the best defense against the surface world, you can still understand why he goes to such extremes. It is really Aquanna, the mother he shares with Aquaman, who — without spoiling too much, as Wilson was careful to add — helps Orm lighten up in that heavy armor.
"He has a heart in there," Wilson admitted. "A hardened heart, but he has a heart."
Though James Wan confessed he never grew up reading Aquaman comics (hey, it’s never too late!), the force that ultimately drew him underwater to direct this movie was the chance to "do a superhero character that's never really been done before" and "to create a visually striking world."
If your eyes don't drown in the underwater kingdom of Atlantis the moment you virtually dive in, they will at some point. Wan explored the treasure trove of inspiration found in years' worth of Aquaman comics before he brought the amphibious hero to life onscreen. His otherworldly visions of electric jellyfish and statues of past kings wielding tridents are nothing short of a waking dream. You need to keep reminding yourself that this is still Earth.
So are we getting an Aquaman 2? Wan said he's just too superstitious to let us in on to anything before Aquaman even comes to the surface.
Aquaman will make a splash in theaters on December 21.
This article was contributed to by Elizabeth Rayne.