An interesting element of James Wan’s underwater-set DC Comics adaptation “Aquaman” will be the villains. The film boasts several, though the lions share easily goes to Patrick Wilson’s King Orm (aka. Ocean Master) who declares war on the surface world, which Aquaman doesn’t agree with.
Speaking about the character with EW, Wan says you’ll be able to empathise with the antagonist, Aquaman’s half-brother, even if you don’t agree with the actions he’s taking:
“He’s kind of an eco-warrior…He’s got a very clear gripe with the surface world, which has been polluting his oceans for centuries. And that’s something for me – I’m sure for you too – that’s very easy to understand. If somebody was just constantly polluting our air and ruining how we lived.
Patrick is such a talented actor and a chameleon as well, he can disappear into any role…Orm’s got a soft spot for his brother who lives on the surface world and if anything just wants him to rule Atlantis and the world together, but his brother doesn’t see it that way. A lot of the clashes they have stem from their different upbringings. So I didn’t want to cast a typical villain actor.”
Our next big glimpse of “Aquaman” is expected to take place next month with the trailer reveal at San Diego Comic Con.