Though the spotlight for Warner Bros. DC Universe has mainly focused on next years’ Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, production and development on the further universe has begun to be unveiled. Following extensive casting reports for 2017’s Wonder Woman, an exclusive report from JoBlo suggests some early story details for the Aquaman solo film.
JoBlo’s source suggests that The Ocean Master, also known as Orm Marius Curry, Aquaman’s half-brother, will be the main villain, and that the film’s central focus will be on the brotherly conflict for the throne of Atlantis. The Atlantis setting is said to be the major focus of the solo film, and using the Ocean Master would make sense, as the iconic villain is one of Aquaman’s more popular villains, and would fit in nicely with a potential origin story.
Though the script is in early development, the report also suggests that the role of Mera, the undersea queen featured prominently in the Aquaman comics, will be a major “force to be reckoned with” in the vein of Mad Max: Fury Road’s Furiosa, and that Warner Bros. is looking for a “non-white” actress to portray the character. JoBlo states that this is part of Warner Bros.’s overall policy of diversity, which could include such projects as a Birds of Prey film, a Teen Titans project in lieu of a Cyborg film, as well as the introduction of at least one homosexual superhero character.
This makes a lot of sense for DC, and as stated in the original article, gives the DC Universe an edge over Marvel. DC has done a great job with embracing diversity in their films thus far, it’s nice to know that it’s part of a long term plan to incorporate diversity within casting their characters.