In light of Marvel’s massive success with the MCU, Warner Brothers/DC have made a number of plans to form a shared universe of their own. As of now only Man of Steel has been released with plans for Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Suicide Squad and Aquaman solo films. The folks over at Latino Review have unearthed a few interesting production details regarding Atlantis and who may end up in the directors chair.
According to their sources, WB and DC are patiently waiting for production to wrap on Star Trek 3 so they can have a legitimate shot at landing Karl Urban in a key supporting role, more specifically, the villain. LR goes on to speculate that the villain of the film will be none other than Orm (aka Ocean master), the jealous half brother to Aquaman. Karl Urban makes sense from a casting perspective. He has a number of credits that make him a draw for the comic book crowd (Dredd, Almost Human) and is an excellent actor in general. Having him play Orm opposite of Jason Momoa’s Arthur would provide a great on screen chemistry and make for a pretty cool confrontation (both have seen their fair share of action and bring completely different styles to the table).
In addition to the casting news, Latino Review has also heard whispers of who is being looked at to direct the film. Out of all the movies slated by WB for their shared universe Aquaman is definitely the hardest sell. It will take an expert hand to bring the world of Atlantis to life and paint Arthur and his supporting cast in a light that makes him seem worthy of being a part of the Justice League (he’s widely known for being able to talk to fish, that doesn’t sound competitive to Superman’s ability to do everything). As of now Warner Brothers is looking at either Jeff Nichols (Mud) or Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) to helm the project.
Of the two I would prefer Murro to take a crack at Aquaman. He has an established rapport with DCU mastermind Zack Snyder and has proven himself capable of directing action heavy films. Rise of an Empire wasn’t the greatest story wise but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who said the film wasn’t pretty.
In any case, take this report with a large grain of salt. The movie is still a ways out and until any official confirmation anything and everything is rumor. With that being said, what do you think of the casting? What about the potential directors? Sound off in the comments below and don’t forget to check back in to OTL News for all the latest!