These days, comic book movies are dominating the entertainment landscape. Whether its big-time blockbusters or indie approaches, studios are looking to capitalize on one of the world’s most versatile literary forms - and they are making bank doing so. As such, it’s no surprise that some of Hollywood’s top stars are being drafted into superhero flicks, and not every actor is going to have an undying love for the comics before shooting starts. Just ask Patrick Wilson; He will tell you.
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Wilson talked briefly to the hosts about his recent casting as Orm in Aquaman. The character, who is better known as the Ocean Master, acts as one of Aquaman’s nemeses. Naturally, the actor was asked whether he was a fan of Aquaman growing up, and the actor admitted he was not.
“Ah, no,” he said. “It wasn’t that I didn’t like Aquaman, but there weren’t any movies about it. Any movies of real significance. We finally reached a point where we can match the technology with the artistic desire.”
However, it looks like Wilson is definitely doing catch-up on the franchise. Later in the show, the actor was gifted an action figure of Ocean Master and one of his comics, and Wilson showed off a bit of his comic book knowledge.
“This is the New 52,” Wilson said after being handed the comic. “This is when they redid it.”
Right now, it looks like Wilson is doing more than just research for his Aquaman outing. Not long ago, the actor took to Twitter to share a photo of him training for the action-packed role.
"Orm has to prepare for a battle or two,” he tweeted, sharing a photo of himself at the gym.
Aquaman is directed by James Wan with Will Beall, Geoff Johns, Paul Norris, and Mort Weisinger on writing duties. Rob Cowan is serving as executive producer and Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder serving as producers. The film stars Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Amber Heard (Mera), Patrick Wilson (Orm) and Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko).
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Aquaman will swim into theaters on October 5, 2018.