It’s no secret that Wonder Woman is the superhero movie of the moment – and for very good reason, it seems – but with the cameras already rolling Down Under, DC fans are quietly beginning to keep a close eye on the standalone Aquaman outing.
Headed up by horror maestro James Wan – in fact, Arthur Curry’s solo movie will reportedly have a horror slant when it makes land late next year – Aquaman will herald the return of Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as DC’s King of the Seven, after he was first introduced to the grand DCEU via a small cameo role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But if Zack Snyder’s titanic event movie handled the King of Atlantis rather poorly, Wan’s spinoff will look to portray Aquaman in a new light and maybe – just maybe – reinstate his status as a badass icon among the DC roster.
While we’re not likely to see anything official from the project for a while, as WB looks to keep the focus firmly on Wonder Woman and Justice League for the time being, rumor after rumor continues to crop up and today, a 4chan user has delivered a bit of new info. We’d caution taking it with a handful of salt as a lot of these end up being nothing more than fan fiction, but we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether this one’s accurate or not.
There’s nothing too juicy this time around, but from what we’re hearing, Aquaman will take place after Justice League and have flashbacks similar to Man of Steel. Not only that, but the relationship between the titular hero and Mera is said to be complicated – though we’re not sure of the exact specifics of it. Finally, the leak states that Warner Bros. will reveal the costumes for Black Manta, Ocean Master and Aquaman at Comic-Con next month, which is pretty exciting, with Manta’s armor introducing Nth Metal into the DCEU.
For those unfamiliar, Nth Metal is native to Thanagar in the DC Universe and is often associated with Hawkman and Hawkgirl, who wear armour that’s made out of it. Given that Justice League may include the Thanagarians, possibly setting up a future appearance by the two aforementioned heroes, it makes sense that Nth Metal would be introduced at some point, too. That’s all just speculation though and we really won’t know until the film hits theatres whether or not Warner Bros. has plans to bring the humanoid race into their cinematic universe.
Initially slated for October, Aquaman will now be with us on December 21st, 2018. It’s currently the only DC tentpole penciled in for next year, given that The Flash has all but vanished from Warner’s slate amid creative turbulence. Barry Allen’s solo outing is still alive and kicking, of course, but after losing both Seth Grahame-Smith and Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa, the Scarlet Speedster has quietly retreated to the shadows. Perhaps the standalone pic will receive a new lease of life in the aftermath of Justice League? We’ll find out on November 17th of this year.