‘Aquaman’ Taps ‘Watchmen’ Star As Villain

By December 13, 2016

Is it just us, or are comic book villains becoming more and more high-end? Like with the actors.

Think about it. Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek: Into Darkness (and Idris Elba in Star Trek: Beyond). Michael Keaton in Spider-Man: Homecoming. James Spader in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

And now Patrick Wilson as the big bad in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Aquaman opposite Jason Momoa. Deadline revealed the casting this week for the film we still won’t see for at least another year or so.

Wilson will play Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother, who’s also known as the Ocean Master. And no one is missing the parallels between this DC Comics story and one from Marvel that involves that Thor guy.

The character has some of the sibling rivalry elements found in Loki. That is Thor’s half-brother, who has figured as the heavy in numerous Marvel films in the form of Tom Hiddleston. Orm is at least as disagreeable and more powerful: In the comics, Aquaman’s human half-brother is a rival for the throne of Atlantis and wreaks havoc on the high seas and beneath them when he doesn’t get his way. 

Oh yeah, we meant to mention Tom Hiddleston, too.

Wilson might not be the most familiar name to superhero film fans, but you almost certainly seen him somewhere before.

Raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, just outside Tampa, Wilson earned an Emmy nomination in 2004 for playing the closeted Mormon Joe Pitt in HBO’s Angels in America. He also earned Golden Globe nominations not just for Angels but also for the second season of Fargo on FX, where he played Lou Solverson.

Wilson also played Nite Owl in 2009’s Watchmen, so he’s already been building some comic cred for some time. DC has even used him, or at least his voice, where he portrayed the U.S. president in this past year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Wait a minute … is Orm going to be president of the United States? Nah.

Wilson reprised his role of Ed Warren in The Conjuring 2 this past year, which earned $311.3 million globally – nearly equal to the 2013 original. He’ll also play Rollie Smith in Keaton’s upcoming The Founder, which has Oscar buzz all over the biopic on McDonald’s restaurant “founder” Ray Kroc.

Wilson’s current film, The Hollow Point starring Lynn Collins and Ian McShane, opens Friday … against Rogue One. Yeah, we know how that will turn out.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman also stars Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. It’s not clear when filming will start, but it’s believed to be sometime in late 2017.

The film itself hits theaters in October 2018.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.