As Justice League approaches, DC Comics fans are rabid about any information they can get about their own version of Marvel’s The Avengers. The Avengers was the first film since the original X-Men to actually please the masses as it introduced a team of super heroes, and that can be partially attributed to individual character films which preceded it.
Man Of Steel, a movie that seems to be hated as much as it is loved, left us with hope that at least Superman might make it as far as Christopher Nolan took Batman. The two DC Comics heavyweights are so well-loved, in fact, that the mere idea of the new Batman Superman movie announced at Comic-Con 2013 drew more fans than that of Marvel’s upcoming sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Building up to a movie as epic as Justice League, if Warner Bros. wanted to go the same route Marvel did, will require individual films to introduce the heroes, including Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Aquaman could be a serious challenge from the start, however, as he has been known as the walking punchline of the DC Comics universe. It has even been joked that he has all of the same powers as SpongeBob SquarePants, making for a pretty underwhelming super hero. With the right story, Aquaman could be an amazing film predating Justice League.
Hollywood has already shown us that we can accept super hero stories that differ from the comics, so a little tweaking on Aquaman’s origins could have him being orphaned in a coastal town and scared almost to death of being in large bodies of water. Discovering his true identity would be a journey of personal revelation and pure courage instead of just a film about a man who talks to fish.
Why would he be scared of water? Possibly because the man who tried to raise him alone tried to drown him in a bathtub repeatedly to punish him after his mother, a woman who never told him she was an Atlantean Queen, was forced to retreat to the sea without young Arthur Curry at an early age. The Atlantean Queen tried life on land to escape her duties, and it didn’t turn out as well as she expected. Again, this changes his origins, but just enough to make Aquaman interesting before being in the Justice League movie.
What do you think of Hollywood changing Aquaman’s origins in a standalone movie before Justice League?