Once the butt of endless memes and Super Friends puns, DC's Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas, cements his newfound popularity by making a titular animated feature debut later this year.
As announced at last year’s New York Comic Con, DC decided to take Aquaman completely out of the Justice League: War film to focus on his debut animated feature. Set in the same universe as Justice League: War, the untitled feature has been reported to be a New 52 origin tale which follows Aquaman’s initial debut during The New 52 relaunch. Though Geoff Johns is no longer the head creative on the Aquaman series, his New 52 iteration has become a fan fave while even splitting off into a secondary series titled Aquaman & The Others.
Given that the film could take its plot from Arthur’s New 52 based origins, he’ll more than likely be in the dark regarding his Atlantean roots, and his place in the royal family. If you’ve seen Justice League: War (with a post-credit scene a là Marvel of course) you’ve noticed Aquaman’s brother Orm/Ocean Master walking out of the water with a dead Atlantean king putting him in succession as the next ruler, but also churning his wrath against the “Surface Dwellers,” declaring:
“The Surface Dwellers have killed our king. This is an act of war. And they will pay.”
For comic fans, this is an obvious tie into the popular crossover event Thrones of Atlantis, leading to the larger scaled Trinity War that saw the three factions of the Justice League face-off against each other. Whether or not the animated film will take full inspiration from this story arc is still unknown. However, we do know Orm will be voiced by Being Human‘s Samuel Witwer, who’s no stranger to voice work, having voiced Darth Maul in Clone Wars and Emperor Palpatine and Starkiller in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
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