Back in 2020, DC Comics released You Brought Me The Ocean, a young adult graphic novel following Jake Hyde. The book was written by Alex Sanchez with Julie Maroh providing illustrations. The story followed Jake after the death of his father, who wants to get out of New Mexico to attend college on the coast. The thing is, Jake has these mysterious tattoos that begin to glow every time he touches the water, leading him to search for more answers to his true identity.
The graphic novel seems to have found a fan in Charlize Theron, who will serve as a producer on the adaption of the story for HBO Max. It will tell the origin of Jackson Hyde, a gay teenager living in New Mexico as his strange connection to water sets up his future as Aqualad. He has to juggle all this while falling for his classmate, Kenny Liu, captain of the swim team. There are currently no writers or directors attached. A.J. Dix, Beth Kono, and Andrew Haas serve as executive producers via Denver and Delilah Films.
There’s no word on if this series will be set within the mainline DC Extended Universe. Jackson Hyde is currently playing a big role in DC Comics, as the second Aquaman and member of the new Justice League following the death of the current incarnation in Justice League #75. For those interested in getting to know Jackson Hyde, they should check out You Brought Me The Ocean alongside the six-issue mini-series Aquaman: The Becoming, a good place to start for those curious.