Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any superhero movie news, or even any more weekends between now and 2024 without a superhero flick scheduled for release…comes news of two more spandex-scented projects (sort of).
First off, spectacular Stan Lee, nearing 91 years of age and still showing up in every single Marvel movie, has found a bit of time between cameos to come up with a whole new character. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Lee, along with ex-Marvel Studios head and “The Amazing Spider-Man” producer Avi Arad, is working up a new film, though they’re refusing to give out any details on the character, the plot or even the title. They’re meeting with writers, though, so if you want to work with ol’ Stan himself, now’s your chance.
Meantime, Marvel’s great rivals DC would like you to know that they have just as many awesome movies just waiting to be made, yes sirree. Which is why DC Chief Entertainment Officer Geoff Johns sat down with Variety this week to talk up…Aquaman. Yes, the talks-to-fish guy. Technically he’s the mighty King of Atlantis, with obligatory grim DC backstory involving the loss of a hand and a child, but to almost everyone he’s still the guy in spangly swimming gear who likes to shoot the breeze with pufferfish.
But there’s Johns, calling him “a priority character for the company” and speculating about how, “We are finding new areas in the ocean every day. It’s as alien as going to outer space.” (Loose translation: “Call me, James Cameron!”). While the article points out how silly Batman and Superman have been at one time or another, they’re self-evidently now characters who are intentionally, obviously being written to counter the pop-cultural stereotype of them. Whereas Aquaman recently had a scene in his ongoing monthly comic (written by Johns) where he made a scene in a restaurant by defiantly ordering and eating fish and chips. Badass. (No, really, see it here, and then read the piece, which will explain the problem far better than I will).
But of course, Johns stops short of officially announcing anything. DC still doesn’t have anything on their plate beyond the Superman/Batman movie, a Flash one, and a very, very vague plan to maybe follow that with some kind of Justice League flick, in which Aquaman might conceivably play a part (see our summer piece on their plans right here). Even then, we imagine Aquaman would take a backseat to the various bigger character problems DC would have for that movie: getting Wonder Woman off the ground, rebooting Green Lantern, persuading Ben Affleck to stick around, and all the rest. Anyway, can Aquaman cut it in today’s superhero climate? Tell us below.