Jeff Nichols, the director of Mud, Loving, and the upcoming Bikeriders, was apparently in the running for an Aquaman movie a decade ago (Variety says it came up in the Sony hack), and on a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he shared some details about what he was planning. Nichols says he’s a fan of the “older” version of Aquaman, “when he had a harpoon for a hand” (that was in the ‘90s, it wasn’t that long ago), and so his movie would’ve been more in-line with that more grizzled and bitter version of the character than the super-bro that Jason Momoa ultimately played.
Nichols says his movie, which was just a pitch and never got any further than that, would’ve been about Aquaman dealing with the death of his son, and he would’ve been “in mourning” during the movie. Fortunately for Nichols, he’s not too devastated about the missed opportunity, saying that he thinks the movie would’ve “sold hundreds of dollars worth of tickets.” He says ideas like that are ultimately “fun to noodle on,” but we’ve “got a lot of those movies now” and “it’s okay to spend time telling some other ones.” (In other words, there are enough superhero movies out there and he doesn’t feel bad about not getting to make one.)
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