EDITORIAL: How To Make A Successful Aquaman Movie

EDITORIAL: How To Make A Successful Aquaman Movie

The King Of The Seven Seas has yet to be done properly on film, or at all for that matter. However, with a Justice League movie approaching closer every day, I give my take on how to make an Aquaman adaptation enjoyable for everyone whether it is in the film or a solo movie.

When most people think of Aquaman, they start to laugh and I don't blame them. The most famous interpretation of him is from the super friends cartoon and, as corny as those characters were, Aquaman received the least amount of praise. His history in comics show that even the creators and writers were worried about his fate. At one point, he was given a hook to make him look cooler and that still didn't work out like the writers wanted. It is only fair to assume that an Aquaman movie would be a big risk. Even including him in a Justice League movie could be bad because the audience would most likely expect him to be the weaker link. However, if his inclusion or movie is done right, he could become some people's favorite hero. Here is my formula on how to make an Aquaman movie successful.

Show His Powers

Whether you are a fan of him or not, Aqauman does have some pretty cool abilities. It is true that he can breathe underwater and lives in the sea like Spongebob, but he can do so much more. The "he can talk to fish" aspect could play off well as seen in the picture above, along with his ability to control the seas and sea life. If anything, he could be referred to as comic book's Poseidon. Then there is the trident, which is a cool weapon by itself. Throw in a king who can use it like an extra limb and you have some great action scenes and some new respect for the character.

Show Atlantis

If there is one thing that is a must have when Aquaman is involved, it is Atlantis. Think about it. What did many people have a problem with in Green Lantern? Not enough space and/or Oa scenes. What did a lot of people love about Thor? Asgard! It adds a regal feel to the project and in return makes people want to respect it. An underwater kingdom could be beautiful on screen and many people would be happy to see that, especially with the visual effects we have today. There is a handful of aspects that could come into play whether it be political, ecological, or social tones. Even mentioning it in a Justice League movie or having the Atlantian army help the humans defend the planet against the villain would be a nice way to bring them into the world. To put it lightly, if Atlantis is not shown in an Aquaman project: it's ready to go down hill.

Use The New 52 Costume

One of the reasons why Aquaman has a bad reputation is because of his costume. It has usually been portrayed as nothing more than tight, brightly colored spandex pieces. However, the New 52 version changes that and emphasizes the details of the scales and the sleek look of the outfit. It looks regal, it looks like something a king would wear, and, above all; it looks awesome.

Use A Good Villain

Every hero needs a villain just like every Ying has a Yang. If you explored Aquaman's villains, you would find some pretty cool candidates for a movie. If you want to prove that Aquaman has a purpose and actually does things, pit him against someone menacing or dangerous. Give them a good motive and some awesome fight scenes, and you have a good villain that proves Aquaman is a hero.

Include Mera

Anyone who has read the comics knows that Mera is just as important to the Aquaman comics as Aquaman. The same rule applies to a movie. Unlike other heroes, Aquaman is married and involves his wife in almost everything. Mera is not only a beautiful and caring wife, but also a protective and inspiring queen. She fights for her kingdom just like Aquaman and sometimes fights by herself. This would add the feminine independence aspect that many CBM's lack, while also having the opportunity to create a great love story. Either way, it automatically earns brownie points if she is included.

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AshleyWilliams - 8/2/2012, 11:48 AM
I would love an Aquaman movie.
manymade1 - 8/2/2012, 11:56 AM
Before the New 52 I would've laughed at an Aquaman film. With Geoff Johns Aquaman as a source though, I think it could work out very well.
CoolantTech - 8/2/2012, 12:00 PM
James Cameron should ditch the Avatar meh fest and Make this, since he such a underwater freak
BlueMex - 8/2/2012, 12:03 PM
agree with @manymade1

i also think a good update on the outfit shouldnt hurt either
95 - 8/2/2012, 12:09 PM
Can Warner make this happen? Please!
BlueMex - 8/2/2012, 12:10 PM
like this :

StarSpangledBruce - 8/2/2012, 12:17 PM
This is truly outrageous.
Daniellantern - 8/2/2012, 12:44 PM
Nice editorial! There is some things should be added in Aquaman movie.
1. Vulko, he would be the mentor for Orin or the ambassador for Atlantis.
2. Ocean Master for the first villain, just like Thor-Loki relationship. And we'll see how Ocean Master's effort to take over the throne of Atlantis.
3. Black Manta, for the second villain (well, maybe for sequel). If you have read Aquaman: Death of a Prince. He looks like some badass villain! Black Manta plans his ultimate revenge on the Sea King, resulting in the death of Aquaman's infant son;.

It would be nice if Aquaman movie becomes the starting point of DC cinematic universe. Take a look on the third point and Justice (Alex Ross), when Aqua-baby was kidnapped by Black Manta and JLA is confronting the whole Legion of Doom's member. It would be an epic story for JLA movie.
NightwingsTheBomb - 8/2/2012, 12:46 PM
This would be awesome!
Daniellantern - 8/2/2012, 12:48 PM
@BlueMex: That suit might work for Aquaman movie. Add more fish's scales and it would be perfect!
dezdigi - 8/2/2012, 1:36 PM
Hey WB, do something soon!
ekrolo2 - 8/2/2012, 1:46 PM
Yeah I think Aquaman could have a great movie, he has a way better chance than some one like Namor.
marvel72 - 8/2/2012, 1:52 PM
aquaman would be a good movie if they based it on the new 52 reboot.

oh yeah black manta should be the villain.
GreenHalJordan - 8/2/2012, 2:10 PM
Remember to like if you agree (and im glad many do!) yeah i think the new 52 would be the way to go, along with black manta or Ocean Master. and thank you all for the compliments on the article!
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 8/2/2012, 2:30 PM
Dude, great write-up you have here, I like this. If (and hopefully) WB decides to go with a Aquaman film, then they best go with your formula for an Aquaman film. Again, great write up. You plan on doing a fancast for this? Keep up the great work, man.

Stay EPIC, my friends!
GreenHalJordan - 8/2/2012, 2:35 PM
Glad you liked it! I'm not completely familiar with all of the Aquaman mythos, but if I had to cast Aquaman I would go with Justin Hartely or Armie Hammer. I was going to choose andy whitfield (if he grew his hair a bit and dyed it blnde he would have been perfect). RIP Andy.
ralfinader - 8/2/2012, 2:38 PM
The WB is going to go Justice League first, then the solo flicks (as I am understanding the news regarding JL). So, depending on how he is represented (if he is even included, that is) in JL will go a long way in defining what he will be in a solo movie. Still all good ideas, and Black Manta is the best choice, and the new52 is by far the best version of Aquaman to date (and one of the few good things about it too).
AtomicChipmunk - 8/2/2012, 2:43 PM
Show Ivan Reis's Aquaman not JL.

HelaGood - 8/2/2012, 2:46 PM
#1 should be, let DC do it WITHOUT WB
GreenHalJordan - 8/2/2012, 2:55 PM
@blackandyellow, lol!
AgentZero - 8/2/2012, 2:55 PM
What a joke!!! When will people understand that those points aren't valid.
Aquaman would appeal to the public only if his powers were actually great. In a Justice League movie he would need to be near water to be somehow effective.
In short, showing Atlantis, Mera or him talking to fishes will not change a single thing if he cannot have a good fight scene.
GreenHalJordan - 8/2/2012, 2:58 PM
@AgentZero, well on a planet more than 70 percent water and water used everywhere from sewers, fountains, fire hydgrens, and water coolers: he could find water near unless he was in a desert.
HannibalKing - 8/2/2012, 2:58 PM
I would love to see an Aquaman movie. Put in some action scenes, show the ocean for what it is (a very scary environment) as well and you're set!
zach634827 - 8/2/2012, 2:59 PM
I thought this was just going to be a blank page . . . .
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 8/2/2012, 2:59 PM
@GHL - Cool, dude. Hey, can I ask you a question. I'm going to start off my own little EDITORIAL series (like how you're doing) and I was wondering how do you create that link that is underneath "How To" Series? What type of HTML tag/code did you use for that? Thanks, Hal.
ClarkFarley2012 - 8/2/2012, 3:31 PM
Years ago I would've laughed at this. Started reading the new 52 Aquaman and I was like show this guy is gangsta. Would love to see him with his own movie.
goldilocks - 8/2/2012, 3:33 PM
Nice editorial bro. Aquaman was always my favorite member of the Justice League and DC Universe so I'm waiting for them to do him some justice. The main reason he and Namor are being approached with caution by DC and Marvel respectively is because it's just more expensive to film a water based movie. Still as you said, with today's effects there should be ways around that. If done properly, it could be winner for WB.
OmegaBlack13 - 8/2/2012, 3:42 PM
@Pux: You do realize that he can't manipulate water right? Mera can, however.

I actually want an Aquaman movie more than anything else from DC's stable, just because of its potential. It should be treated like an underwater King Arthur story. Aquaman actually has one of the most interesting backdrops, mythologies, and supporting characters of any superhero. They just need to be used correctly. Show his power set! He lives and the bottom of the ocean. He needs to be insanely powerful and durable. Slightly stronger than Spider-Man I think. Plus he's [frick]ing deadly with the trident. Also, I think they should add the amphibian-like healing factor Alex Ross gave him in Justice. Frankly, the telepathy should be his most underused power.
DoomXfactor - 8/2/2012, 3:43 PM
I'd watch this movie. I hope they make it happen but WB sucks balls
Logan5 - 8/2/2012, 3:55 PM
Very good suggestions; all the elements are there to make a great movie. This should be Warners Brothers/DC's next film.
kong - 8/2/2012, 3:58 PM
People say he needs to be around water to do anything.WRONG!!!!!
1. There's water from the sewers, fire hydrants and the air. He can just make water appear.
2. Even if he was in the desert he could kill some muh [frick]as with his trident so he can still do something.

In a JLA movie the Atlantans shouldmhelpmth JLA. Along with the amazons and maybe even some of the GL Corps
siggisuperman - 8/2/2012, 4:03 PM
In my country they make thick leather out of fish skin. It can be colored any dye and after seeing an orange wristband made of it the other day, the scaly texture of it really looked like aquamans suit.
beane2099 - 8/2/2012, 4:09 PM
A comic book character is more than just their powers. Thor has his hammer and strength and what not but he's also the prince of Asgard. Iron Man is also a billionaire playboy philanthropist. And so on and so forth. Aquaman is the king of Atlantis. That brings a certain panache with it. I like the character, especially in it's recent incarnation. His power set is also not limited only to areas where there's water. But he's definitely a character you'd wan to build in JLA first. Ya might also want to consider NOT calling the movie Aquaman. I think that name has too much of a stigma.
Advocate - 8/2/2012, 4:14 PM
Great article. Those points are right on the spot. I have this thing for imagining a creative take on storylines that build into larger pictures so naturally I've been contemplating the layout of a JL ensemble. But that should be an article in itself, that I probably won't do due to the jumbled flow of story bits.

In regards to Aquaman however, I think the New 52 suit would be perfect. He's got a great list of villains to choose from, but I feel Black Manta (and a build up of Ocean Master) would be perfect for the film. The reason I say this is because while the film should consider a brief take on origin, Aquaman's origin as a superhero doesn't seem to emerge until he comes head to head with humans. Giving each JL member a one-word description, Aquaman should be seen as the anti-hero. His anger with the outside world should trigger his disgust in humanity and as such, the "heroes" who protect them. Aquaman is the JL example of raw power, much like the Hulk. Enraged, and if sided against would cause a world of pain to you.

Anyway, some people have mentioned how Aquaman's abilities wouldn't capture the audience's attention, or warrant a solo film. But I disagree. He can control the oceans, or more vaguely, water. Now this is not suggesting he go all water bender (unless people think that's viable?), but it would mean that there's a lot, even on land Aquaman could do. Of course, there are some problems with this and I feel this should be addressed in his moral nature, but remember Magneto's scene from X2 where he pulled the iron out of the security guard's blood. Let's suppose that if Aquaman really wanted to, and was incredibly pissed (perhaps even villainous) he could drain one's body of all its fluids (as our body's are made mostly of water). The only kind of emotion I could see that could trigger this would be the death of his infant son. And to have that be a climaxing point that sends Aquaman over the edge on a rampage against the surface world (imagine the summoning of water and various creatures up through the very ground people stand on) that would kick off a JL team up. Kind of like how Hulk was a small disruption in Avengers.

Basically, Batman learns of metahumans while Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern discover their abilities, etc. Batman confronts Superman as a threat (via Batman vs. Superman) prior to Wonder Woman's intervention of a brooding plan (ala Loki style, only Ares), who is also seen as a threat. Flash and Green Lantern also discover each other while Aquaman's story unfolds. The trinity bands together for an unknown threat as Martian Manhunter comes to warn of an invasion (hinting white martians via Ares, and other villain's plot). Green Lantern (being a space cop) senses the Martian's arrival and that's when the five established heroes team up. Martian vs. all heroes. Through the fight, Martian shows his strength and compassion, but Aquaman's story builds to what would be an Atlantean war against the JL and humans. All the while, the villains (who would later found the Legion of Doom, perhaps?) are spreading the chaos like wildfire. And the final battle is an all out JL vs. villains AND white martian invasion where the JL proves their worth. The trick is breaking the JL final build up into two films. Marvel suffered from this because while they had to show enough character tension and build up, they also had to guarantee a great deal of action. I say for a JL film to be truly epic, action should be how the tension is dealt with. And after that, they get to fight some more. And the best thing is, the more destruction the JL does to Earth, the more a build up of Cadmus labs experiments and what not can allow for a defense initiative against these "gods."

I'm done ranting. I really hope they do an Aquaman movie though. It has so much potential to kick ass, as Aquaman should be the most bad ass of them all (maybe a notch down from Batman...OR the version of Batman that has superpowers?).
M4A3E8 - 8/2/2012, 4:18 PM
Underwater King Arthur. Riding around the Titanic wreck with the Royal Guard mounted on giant sea horses. Sounds good to me. Personally I like the Submariner character much more. (Dare I suggest Dwayne Johnson as Namor ?) James Cameron would be a good fit for an under water movie. The director that did the Hellboy movies should do a Dr Strange movie. Johnny Depp would be a good choice for the doctor, although I'd prefer an unknown. Not that I have anything against Depp, him and his pirates dropping into that English primary school (in full pirate gear) in response to the little girl's letter was a class act. Have a great day folks.
Advocate - 8/2/2012, 4:20 PM
@OmegaBlack13 I thought he was able to summon water. I don't mean to say I'm correct by any means, but is there a difference between summoning and manipulating? I'm mainly wondering because I went off on a tangent about how bad ass he could be...and well, now I'm uncertain.

Also, to everyone else, was the hook good or bad? And I guess why is that the perception? I always assumed it be a nice addition to the JL team as he literally carry battle wounds. Batman might be beaten to kingdom come (and recover) just to be fine and otherwise looking normal. Everyone else is unchanged due to their power level. But Aquaman, well that to me seems like one more badass feature. Wielding a hook AND a trident. Talk about lethal machine.
superotherside - 8/2/2012, 4:22 PM
Great write up. And I agree. I really love the new book.
Spideyguy94 - 8/2/2012, 4:22 PM
geoff johns wasnt the first writer to do a good aquaman read peter davids run and you'll see
golden123 - 8/2/2012, 4:29 PM
Aquaman doesn't have hydrokinesis, so fire hydrants and sewers won't do a whole lot for him.
Greenlantern1417 - 8/2/2012, 4:42 PM
Please oh please do Black Manta. It's the only Villain that will sell right away. Then maybe Ocean Master. But an Aquaman movie is gonna be rough to sell on any level.
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