Can Aquaman ever catch a break?
DC Comics has launched several of its superheroes into highly-successful screen adaptations — Superman and Batman in blockbuster movies, and Green Arrow in a successful television series. But the water-based Aquaman hasn’t been able to transfer his popularity from comics to film. The closest he’s gotten is a joke on HBO’s “Entourage.”
“He become a little bit of a joke,” Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer, told Variety. “Suddenly, he was nobody’s favorite super hero.”
But DC Entertainment is doing its darndest to change that. “He’s a priority character for the company,” Johns said.
With Marvel celebrating a string of recent hits like “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” and “Thor,” DC Entertainment is trying to make stars out of its stable of characters. The Flash is appearing on The CW’s “Green Arrow,” with an eye toward a spin-off, and Batman ally Commissioner Gordon will be the focus of a pilot.
For Aquaman, DC’s execs are looking to cross his storylines with the Justice League’s, and the company is planning an animated tale to be released on DVD. Johns also brought in a new writer, Jeff Parker, to freshen up the comic series. And the focus of recent issues has been less on Aquaman’s royal connections to Atlantis, and more on developing his personality (which has been criticized as “bland” and “boring”) and relationships with his wife, enemies, and other supporting characters.
If the rehab is successful, no doubt DC Entertainment will be eager for Aquaman to make a splash in theaters. Calling Vinny Chase!
Gallery | Superhero Movie Mistakes
- ‘Superman 3’ (1983)
Before Superman (Christopher Reeve) gets set to land on, and stop, a rogue plough, the wires holding him are visible.
- ‘Batman’ (1989)
When the Joker’s henchmen are trashing a museum, one bad guy puts his grubby little handprints all over a portrait using paint. Later, the Joker walks by the same portrait and the handprints have disappeared. Poof!
- ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010)
When Natalie and Pepper arrive at the Stark Industries Expo and open the car door, a huge lighting screen is visible in reflection of the car’s window. We’re sure Tony Stark would have something very snarky to say about this.
- ‘Iron Man’ (2008)
When we first see Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) arrive at his company’s benefit, his car doesn’t have a front license plate. When we actually see him pull up to the entrance, however, his personalised “Stark” plate has appeared. How did that get there?!
- ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
During Batman’s (Christian Bale) interrogation of the Joker (Heath Ledger), he picks him up and slams him against the wall. For a brief instant, you can see a camera and a cameraman in the reflection of the mirror on the right.
- ‘X-Men’ (2004)
In Toad’s (Ray Park) final scene of the movie, in which he begins to fight Storm (Halle Berry), he leaps into the air and onto the balcony railing. If you take a look at the back of his belt, his stunt wire is very visible. Good thing Halle Berry usually steals everyone’s attention when she’s on-screen.
- ‘Hancock’ (2008)
When Hancock (Will Smith) lays Mary (Charlize Theron) on a hospital bed after she’s been shot, the amount of blood on her shirt changes significantly from shot to shot.
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