Aquaman has heard all of your jokes. He's useless unless a crime happens underwater. His biggest enemy is those plastic six-pack rings that get caught on dolphins. He was in the bathroom when superpowers were handed out, and "talking to fish" was the only one left. He'd be great in a Sharknado. Arr arr arr.
The King of the Seas got an enormous coolness boost when Jason Momoa, fresh off the role of Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones," was cast in the role for the 2018 "Aquaman" movie. And what fans have seen of him so far looks pretty impressive. This is no wimpy "Super Friends" Aquaman, he's still got that hardcore Dothraki warrior appeal.
But it remains to be seen how a stand-alone movie can handle a hero who lives and reigns underwater. "Aquaman" director James Wan thinks he can make it work, including the challenge of having a superhero speak while underwater.
"I love the idea of underwater speaking but with a real sort of sonic, aquatic quality to it," Wan told IGN at the Television Critics' Association summer press tour. "So there's this sort of aquatic, almost sonar/whale thing. Even though it's in a human language, there's this slight sort of underlay to it, this ping to it, which I think would be interesting for us to design from a sound design perspective."
Fortunately, Wan will get a bit of a chance to see how Aquaman is received when the superhero appears in 2017's "Justice League," directed by Zack Snyder.
That film "will be an experiment for me to see what works and what may not work as well," Wan told IGN. "And then kind of go, OK... Here's the great thing, with all these superhero movies, you watch from one movie to another, and they always sort of slightly change things along the way. You kind of have to do that to make what's best for your film."
In the meantime, Snyder appears to be getting in tune with Momoa's Aquaman. On Friday, the director tweeted a photo of Momoa in full Aquaman costume rocking out on set. Maybe he's playing "Under the Sea."