The conflict at the heart of director James Wan's Aquaman will be very personal for its deep-sea hero.
The filmmaker has revealed that Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry will primarily be pitted against his long-lost brother Orm, better known as Ocean Master.
"The main antagonist in this movie is Orm, played by Patrick Wilson," said Wan told Entertainment Weekly at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. "And Black Manta, played by Yahya [Abdul-Mateen], is caught up in that world with them as well. But the main drive really is, it’s almost a very classic Shakespearean story about brother from another world vs. brother from another world. And it really is a classic story of sibling rivalry."
Those comments supports footage shown at the event, which depicted Wilson's Orm declaring in an Atlantean arena that, "My brother has come from the surface to challenge me for the throne."
The rivalry between Aquaman and Ocean Master served as the basis for DC's acclaimed Aquaman storyline "Throne of Atlantis," by writer Geoff Johns and artists Ivan Reis and Paul Pelletier. The arc was adapted in 2015 for the animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.
Aquaman marks the first live-action solo film for the hero, created in 1941 by writer Mort Weisinger and artist Paul Norris. Momoa debuted as the character in a brief, but silent, cameo in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then reprised the role last year in Justice League.
Opening Dec. 21, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temeura Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe.