Readers of the New 52 Aquaman and associated titles already know how impressive these titles are. From strong plots to pristine writing to stunning artwork, Aquaman has proven himself to be one of the most formidable heroes in Prime Earth. As the DCEU’s Aquaman solo movie approaches, I have made a list of arcs that I would hope that the movie could take inspiration from.
3. Burden of Curiosity
This amazing arc focuses on archeologist Daniel Evans uncovering an ancient portal which releases demons from Atlantean history as well as the debut of Hercules, Wonder Woman’s half brother. While this arc doesn’t have a strong story, it would allow for Wonder Woman to team up with Aquaman for the movie – reminiscent of Captain America: Winter Soldier. The writers could tap on the use of Karaqan to enhance the plot which would definitely be a sight to behold. It all depends on how much of Atlantean history has been established in the 2017 Justice League film.
2. The Others
The introduction of the Others is one of the main reasons the Aquaman title is phenomenally amazing. Given the vastly different dynamic this team has compared to the Justice League (and the Avengers), there is so much that this story can bring to the DCEU. The Others were formed due to their abilities to wield and safeguard the Ancient Relics of Atlantis forged by Atlan.
I picture the movie starting out with a short flashback to an angry Atlan killing Keeper of the Gold and subsequently forging the relics (Legacy of Gold). The main story will proceed as The Others arc does, with Black Manta hunting down Kahina and killing her which prompted the team to gather.
This movie will allow Black Manta to be introduced into the universe as well as establish Aquaman as a hero in his own right. However, the relatively large cast would be hard to maintain given that they have to balance the presence of each of the members. Another downside is that most of this story takes place on land which doesn’t give us the opportunity to see DCEU’s adaptation of Atlantis which I’m sure we all want to see.
1. Death of a King
While this storyline could certainly be great as a sequel film, having it as the first film would allow for viewers to see Atlantis in all its glory as well as simultaneously establish the origins of Arthur and the history of the Atlantis. What so great about this storyline is that it primarily takes place in the sea and would serve as a platform for The Trench and Xebel to be introduced to the DCEU. Given that Mera is already set to appear in the 2017 Justice League film, this plot will prompt the development of the Queen of Atlantis.
In my head, this movie will generally follow the template of the Aquaman comic book arc.
When crafting this blog, Maelstrom was my ideal choice for the number one spot. However, given the depth of Atlantean history that needs to be establish prior to this arc, it would not be wise to have it as the first Aquaman Movie – probably the third. That said, a Maelstrom-inspired movie is one that I sincerely want to watch.
Another arc that was not included in this list is Throne of Atlantis. This mega arc would involve the whole Justice League and other member which would make the story more intended for a Justice League film rather than an Aquaman film – unless they do what Captain America: Civil War did. It would definitely be a great movie none the less but not for the first Aquaman film.
Of all the solo films slated for the DCEU, Aquaman’s movie is the one that I am most excited for. I do hope it works out amazingly.