King Orm, the primary antagonist of director James Wan's Aquaman, has a timely ecological motivation for his villainy: protecting the well-being of the Seven Seas.
"He’s kind of an eco-warrior," actor Patrick Wilson in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "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."
Orm, better known to DC comics readers as Ocean Master, is the long-lost brother of Aquaman who holds the throne of Atlantis in Arthur Curry's absence. As the surface world devastates his undersea kingdom without regard, Orm develops an understandable grudge, placing him on a collision course with his brother.
Movie images released earlier this week provided a first look at Wilson's Orm with the Atlantean regent sternly confronting Jason Momoa's Aquaman. Wan previously described the conflict between the two brothers as "Shakespearean" and a "classic story of sibling rivalry."
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, and Nicole Kidman. It is scheduled to be released on Dec. 21.