Throughout the character’s long history, Aquaman has had quite a few sidekicks and partners that have helped him defend the seven seas with one quite recently taking the spotlight and becoming quite the fan-favorite. Jackson Hyde is all the rage these days in DC Comics’ Infinite Frontier and rightfully so, beloved by fans as he rises from obscurity to become the only other character to ever don the mantle of Aquaman and join the Justice League.
It was recently announced that HBO Max would be developing an origin series for the character with Charlize Theron set to produce. The HBO Max series will be an adaptation of the Young Adult novel You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh. The project looks to be in early development and, as of this writing, does not have a writer, director, or star attached. It’s also unknown if the series will be set within the DC Extended Universe and whether we could see Jackson team up with Aquaman. However, a report from last year may give us some clarity on that front.
Back in October of 2021, CinemaReviewed took to Twitter to spill some information on the upcoming film Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom. In that tweet, the site revealed Aqualad would make his live-action debut in the film. What makes this more interesting is that in the very same tweet the site also noted that there were plans for a solo series that was in development at HBO Max.
What makes things more interesting is that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to play a larger role in this film, reprising his role as David Kane, aka Black Manta. The character in the comics, however, is known as David Hyde and also just so happens to be the father of Jackson. Manta had a brief encounter with a woman named Lucia, a Xebellian refugee, which is where Jackson gets his Hydrokinesis. Being able to explore more of who Manta is and his past could be the way they introduce Jackson into the DCEU.
We don’t know a whole lot about Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom plot-wise as the film has been delayed from its December 2022 release date to Mar. 17th, 2023 in order to make sure its visual effects are the best they can be.