Calm down. The Aquaman movie isn’t confirmed yet. DC is mostly talking about the ways in which they intend to beef up his presence in the world of comics. But, well, given that superheroes are the needle and Hollywood and the American public are the junkies, I really doubt a movie project will stay in the theoretical stages for long. Especially if we’re building towards a Justice League movie. Here’s what DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told Variety:
There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most well-known characters among super-heroes, and in popular culture…He became a little bit of a joke…suddenly, he was nobody’s favorite super hero…He’s a character that we talk quite a bit about.
You can blame that “bit of a joke” thing on Entourage or the fact that Aquaman is so virtuous he’s boring or the fact that he looks exactly like a poster child for The Hitler Youth. Anyway, I can’t imagine an Aquaman movie we could take seriously. Not even Nolan could make this character moody. So why not just go full-blown bro about it? Here are my top ten picks.
Justin Hartley : Coincidentally I had an Emily Owens, M.D. marathon on Thanksgiving (you try chopping mountain of sage while watching something substantial). The fluffy, cancelled drama is on Netflix and Hartley played the throb of our heroine’s heart. And he wasn’t half bad. He also once played Aquaman in a short film so I’m sure he’s not stranger to the peroxide bottle.
Zac Efron: Efron keeps teetering on the verge of grown-up, major stardom. While I’ve been enjoying his forays into indies and serious dramas, I think a superhero movie could be the final push he needs.
Hunter Parrish: I love this kid and he wasn’t worked as much as I’d like since Weeds went off the air.
Ryan McPartlin: Ditto. Where has McPartlin been since Chuck went off the air? Rizzoli and Isles? For shame.
Kellan Lutz: The most obvious bro.
Ryan Kwanten: We know this kid is practically allergic to shirts.
Alexander Skarsgård: What? You don’t know what Atlanteans sound like. They could sound Swedish. YOU DON’T KNOW.
Armie Hammer: Would it be enough to wash the memory of The Lone Ranger from our thoughts? No. But he’s welcome to try.
Alan Ritchson: As I was making up this list I thought “ooooh, that walking Ken Doll from Catching Fire.” I swear to you I did not know Ritchson played Aquaman on Smallville. At least we already know he looks good in orange.
Ben Foster: Well, obviously, Ben Foster is the outlier here in that he’s actually a phenomenal actor. (Sorry, Lutz!) Foster is also in a dead serious “I’m dating Robin Wright and playing Lance Armstrong” phase of his life so he might think a comic book movie is beneath him. But we’ll never forget, Foster. The internet always remembers.