‘Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ creators on his royal cartoon adventure | Entertainment News

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He might not have Jason Momoa’s raw Momoa-ism, but the latest Aquaman is just as colorful!

The three-part animated event series Aquaman: King of Atlantis surfaced on HBO Max this week, and it’s a family take on the royal that has finally earned the respect it deserves. For centuries, the Atlantean inhabitant has been the laughing stock of the comic book world (he does more than talk to fish, people!). But thanks to the massive success of Momoa’s big screen tours Aquaman and Justice League, associated with DC Comics‘ investment in the 80-year-old character, he is ultimately have its moment.

In KoA, the newly crowned leader (voiced by Cooper Andrews) faces his first day on the job with as much confusion as one might expect from someone who has never ruled an ocean before. To make matters worse, his thorny brother Ocean Master (Dana Snyder) wants to topple him, and a whole bunch of enemies line up to make waves. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately?), He loved Mera (Gillian Jacobs) and mentor Vulko (Thomas Lennon) to help keep his head above water.

We chatted with showrunners Marly Halpern-Graser and Victor Courtright (the duo who also brought us Roar of the Thundercats) on animating this icon and using the feature film as a springboard to a whole new sea of ​​stories for the king.

Ok i thought King of Atlantis was going to have an adult ride, but it’s something the kids can watch.

Marly Halpern-Graser: Oh, sure. It’s officially for the whole family.

So why Aquaman?

Victor Courtright: Aquaman is pretty fun, if you ask me. And this world is so big and full of potential. Almost anything is allowed. There are so many traditions to build on or draw inspiration from.

For a very long time, Aquaman fans had to endure so many jokes about him.

Halpern-Graser: Yes. As a comic book fan myself, what always bothered me was that it wasn’t “jokes” about Aquaman, it was the joke on Aquaman. I’m great at comics and I’m great at comedy, so both of my sensibilities got tired of the one Aquaman joke.

Aquaman is cool. He’s always been cool. People are coming to this these days, so we didn’t want to mess with that. Our idea was that this is a standalone version of the character and that we are our own continuity, but we wanted to take the starting point of the movie, which is Aquaman as a regular guy who wasn’t even sure. he should to be king of Atlantis. He is now and where does he go from there? So ours is a normal Aquaman who is put in this over-the-top, sometimes silly underwater world. And he basically reacts to that like the public would.

It’s almost an underwater story of fish out of water.

Halpern-Graser: Yes! [Laughs]

And it has more humor than the film version, although it is also very funny. But this guy is almost like a disgruntled employee, which I kind of like. And to have Mera and Vulko as advisers …

Justice law: Yeah, I think we definitely started with the movie and that perspective. Then when we put him in that awkward position on the throne, Mera and Vulko immediately fell into these truly appropriate places. You have Vulko pushing him towards his classic sense of duty, then you have Mera pushing him more towards this aggressive, almost warlike path, essentially. She wants to go out and interact with the world. And Vulko says: “Do your taxes”. [Laughs] But they’re both just as excited about it. Everyone has fun with Aquaman’s job except Aquaman.

Halpern-Graser: I think part of our idea for the show is that it’s Aquaman’s first day as king and he’s not sure what he should do to be a good king. And so we wanted to get people around him who would come up with ideas of “Well, a king would do this or a king should do this” and have the series arc be Aquaman to figure out what’s best for him.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis

Attractive. And let’s talk about the animation style.

Justice law: We were coming out of Roar of the Thundercats thing. Much of the creative power behind us has come to make Aquaman, all the amazing and wonderfully talented people we have worked with.

And how do you go about the casting? Did you want someone who looked like Jason Momoa, but not exactly?

Justice law: Not really. We had that image in our mind from the start, but when we started breaking down this story and building some animatics, I think we evolved into something that was our own thing. And then, basically, it got really, really hard to get started. It took a long time to find the right voice, but Cooper Andrews killed him.

And Thomas Lennon, that man’s voice, as soon as I heard it, I thought, “Oh, my God.”

Along with everything else in the cast – Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Lennon, Dana Snyder – I mean, these are some of my favorite comedic times. It was such a dream to be able to throw them.

Any chance you both come back with another trilogy with a different character? Should we put this there?

Justice law: Would like to!

Halpern-Graser: Of course, it was so much fun. And I’ll be honest, the format surprised me a bit. I hadn’t realized how satisfying it would be to make three interconnected mini-films, and I really, really loved it. It was a great way to tell a lot more stories than you normally would or could in so many minutes. The format was awesome. And yes, I would sign up in a second to do more Aquaman or some other superhero.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Series premiere, Thursday October 14, HBO Max


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