There’s a reason why comic books tend to resonate with countless readers. Yes, they may follow ridiculous superheroes, but very often, they tell the stories that are very much about the human condition. They recycle narratives used since ancient times — narratives a famous playwright often reused himself.
It’s with that in mind that these comments from Aquaman director James Wan feel spot-on. Speaking with EW, he gave a description of the film:
“The main antagonist in this movie is Orm, played by Patrick Wilson. And Black Manta, played by Yahya [Abdul-Mateen], is caught up in that world with them as well. But the main drive really is, it’s almost a very classic Shakespearean story about brother from another world vs. brother from another world. And it really is a classic story of sibling rivalry.”
I love hearing this. I think it’s at this point I should bring up the original Thor film. Like Aquaman, Thor was a difficult character to bring to the big screen, but something I loved about that Kenneth Branagh movie was that it was very Shakespearean in how it presented the quarreling brothers. I think it’s very fitting that the character I’d compare to Thor is feeling similarly Shakespearean.
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