The King of Atlantis is making his way to the small screen in animated form. As reported by The Wrap, HBO Max has announced Aquaman: King of Atlantis. The three-part animated series is set to be produced by James Wan, who directed the 2018 live-action feature, which stars Jason Momoa as the DC hero.
“This DC property is a fan-favorite rich with well-known characters and dynamic storylines,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max. “On the heels of Warner Bros. Pictures’ box office smash hit, we are certain ‘Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ will be an exciting addition to our already robust slate of kids and family programming.”
There is no word currently on whether or not Momoa, or any of the other cast members, will return to reprise their roles for the show just yet. Though, with Wan on board, that seems like a very real possibility. The company provided a description of Aquaman: King of Atlantis, which reads as follows.
“The series begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and he’s got a LOT of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident!”
So this, more or less, sounds like it could serve as a sequel to the events of the Aquaman movie. At the end, we saw Arthur taking his rightful place as king. So maybe this will help bridge the gap leading up to the events of Aquaman 2? That would certainly help add some prestige to HBO Max’s content lineup. The streaming service is set to launch in May and will be competing with the likes of Netflix and Disney+.
Just as a refresher, here’s the synopsis for Aquaman.
“Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people — and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.”
Victor Courtright (ThunderCats Roar!) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) serve as co-showrunners and co-executive producers of the series. Wan, Michael Clear (Annabelle Comes Home), Rob Hackett (Swamp Thing) and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) are also on board as executive producers.
Aquaman: King of Atlantis does not yet have a release date set.