‘Aquaman’: James Wan Recruits Patrick Wilson as the Villainous Ocean Master

     December 12, 2016

In a way, Aquaman is the Thor of the DC Extended Universe. The Atlantian leader, played by Jason Momoa, may not be as jovial as Chris Hemsworth, but he too is a mythic hero from a fantastical realm with abs and beard-game to boot. In his upcoming solo movie from director James Wan, Aquaman will now also get his own villainous brother in the form of Patrick Wilson.

According to Deadline, Wilson has been cast as Orm, Arthur Curry’s half-brother who always seems to have one eye on the throne of Atlantis. He’s proven to be a spear in Aquaman’s side in the comics and animated incarnations, including the animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.


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Wilson has a long history with the Aquaman director through The Conjuring (which Wan helmed) and Insidious films (Wan headed the first two installments and produced Chapter 3). It also seems like the actor has been waiting for the right moment to return to superhero movies after Watchmen. Back when Edgar Wright was on board to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man, Wilson was reportedly in discussions to take on Darren Cross, a role that ultimately went to Corey Stoll when Peyton Reed shuffled into the director’s seat.

Momoa first debuted as Aquaman in a cameo appearance for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he’ll be seen fully-formed and fighting alongside his fellow DC heroes in next year’s Justice League. Wan’s Aquaman, which also stars Amber Heard as the hydrokinetic Queen Mera, will then bow in theaters the following year on October 5, 2018.

Wan spoke of his excitement in bringing out the character’s badassery with his film, and he further teased “a classic sort of swashbuckling action-adventure” with “a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone” at the heart of it. Now’s the time to start flipping through your comics to piece together which stories he could possibly be pulling from.