Aquaman was always the lesser of the Justice League memories. we called him names, teased him, and sometimes even blatantly ignored him. He just wasn’t cool like Batman or fierce like Wonder Woman. he didn’t even have the boyish charm of Superman (or I guess that’s more Clark Kent). He was just the fish guy. Well that’s all changed thanks to Jason Momoa and the DCEU. You can’t disrespect a guy when he’s frickin’ Khal Drogo. And that along with James Wan directing has really turned around one’s idea of what an Aquaman movie could be. So now we actually pay attention to the Aquaman news because this movie is looking to be a contender, and this new piece of information only further proves that fact.
Patrick Wilson has been cast as ORM in Aquaman’s first solo film. Orm, also known as Ocean Master, is Aquaman’s villanous half-brother. Would it be rude to say that he isn’t but you are no Drogo my friend. Now I don’t know to much about Aquaman mythology (who does really?) so I’m googling and I see to different storylines. While DCEU movies do cherry pick some things from the comics, more recently they’ve been dipping into the more recent comics for inspiration. This isn’t too much of a surprise considering Geoff Johns is essentially the head of the DCEU, almost comparable to that of Kevin Feige for Marvel but less successful. Johns worked on the New 52 series of comics which retconned the already recently reboot DC comic book universe. It’s in this new world that Aquaman is such a badass apparently, so let’s look at who the new Ocean Master is.
According to the Atlantean advisor Vulko, the queen of Atlantis, Atlanna, left her first child, Arthur Curry, to live with his father on the surface world, thus protecting him from the effects of Atlantean tyranny. Atlanna is later forced to marry a member of the Atlantean Guard and gives birth to her second child, Orm. Twelve years later, Orm’s father is killed and Atlanna dies under unknown circumstances, making Orm the new king. Vulko accuses Orm of killing Atlanna, but fails to produce evidence and flees. When Vulko is later confronted by Arthur (who is searching for Atlantis), he explains his brother’s origins and tells him that Arthur is the rightful heir of Atlantis’s throne, and therefore, must overthrow Orm.
At least that’s what Wikipedia says, but why wouldn’t you trust it? This isn’t a school paper. Just trust the internet. Anyway so that’s ORM in the New 52. Just for reference, in the original story Orm is the human half brother of AQ who was always jealous of his superhero brother, which leads him to a life of water-related crimes. I can’t really see Patrick Wilson being younger than Jason Momoa, but that will probably be tweaked for the movies. But overall I really am not feeling Patrick Wilson in this role. I mean I like The Conjuring as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean I want him playing the villain in a DCEU movie. But who knows? maybe this guy’ll be perfect, better than Black Manta even. Only time will tell, but what I do know is the DCEU needs to impress, and if it has only semi-impressed by this point Aquaman will hopefully cinch it.
So what do you think? Is Patty Wilson the guy the DCEU needs? Which Orm storyline do you want to see in the movies? Is Aquaman still lame? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow for more news on Aquaman and everything else in the world that is movies.
Aquaman comes to theaters October 5th, 2018, but you’ll get to see him before that in Justice League on November 17th, 2017.